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Crossrail contracts worth £5.5bn boost jobs and economy

Crossrail contracts worth £5.5bn boost jobs and economy

04.03.13: Nearly six in ten businesses in Crossrail’s supply chain are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) it has announced this morning, as it highlights that it has already awarded contracts worth more than £5.5bn, creating jobs and bu...

Astounding photos from under London as Crossrail hits peak phase

Astounding photos from under London as Crossrail hits peak phase

01.03.13: Crossrail is moving into its peak tunnelling period, with five tunnel boring machines (TBMs) in operation. New photographs show the tunnelling work underway, with over 7,000 people currently working on Europe’s largest construction project...

An urban legacy

An urban legacy

28.02.13: Sam Richards, head of urban integration at Crossrail, describes the huge public realm scheme being planned alongside Europe’s biggest rail project. City-wide improvements to the railway network can no longer simply consider what goes...

Crossrail 2

Crossrail 2

28.02.13: In February 2013, business group London First and Lord Adonis published new proposals and route suggestions for the Chelsea- Hackney line, Crossrail 2, ahead of a DfT decision on the existing safeguarded route later this year. RTM talks to Londo...

Howard Smith joining Crossrail from TfL London Rail

Howard Smith joining Crossrail from TfL London Rail

18.02.13: Howard Smith, chief operating officer at TfL London Rail and a member of RTM’s editorial board, is to join Crossrail next month as its new operations director. Smith – widely credited as a driving force behind the success of the...

Victoria Dock portal construction work starts

Victoria Dock portal construction work starts

15.02.13: Construction has now begun on the tunnel portal at Victoria Dock, to provide a gateway into a key one-mile tunnelled section of the new Crossrail route. The work is being delivered by VINCI Construction UK Ltd and is part of the £14.8bn Cr...

Crossrail 2 route proposal published

Crossrail 2 route proposal published

07.02.13: A second Crossrail project, spanning London from south west to north east, could ensure the city’s public transport system copes with huge increases in demand. Initial plans for Crossrail 2, also known as the Chelsea-Hackney line, hav...

Crossrail 2 campaign gathers pace

Crossrail 2 campaign gathers pace

05.02.13: The campaign for Crossrail 2, also known as the Chelsea-Hackney line, is due to get a boost today from business group London First and former transport secretary Lord Adonis, who has produced a new report and suggested route. It is due to b...

Canary Wharf station works continue

Canary Wharf station works continue

22.01.13: Construction work on Canary Wharf’s Crossrail station is progressing well, with the first escalators lifted into the station and work underway on the new elevated pedestrian walkway to connect the station with the existing Canary Wharf est...

£35m Crossrail station underway next week

£35m Crossrail station underway next week

14.01.13: Construction work on the new £35m Crossrail station at Custom House in east London is due to start next week. The project is being undertaken by Laing O’Rourke, which will mostly manufacture parts in Sheffield. The parts will th...

Sophia starts tunnelling for Crossrail

Sophia starts tunnelling for Crossrail

09.01.13: Crossrail’s fifth tunnel boring machine, ‘Sophia’, has begun work to construct a tunnel under the Thames. Sophia will journey from Plumstead to North Woolwich, and is specially equipped to deal with chalk and flint ground...

Striking new aerial images show Crossrail progress

Striking new aerial images show Crossrail progress

07.01.13: Crossrail has published new aerial images showing progress in construction, alongside a raft of new milestones to be achieved in 2013. These include the launch of the 5th and 6th tunnel boring machines – ‘Sophia’ and &lsqu...

Crossrail bridge demolitions works successful

Crossrail bridge demolitions works successful

03.01.13: Three rail bridges in Slough and Hillingdon were demolished over Christmas, to provide clearance for overhead electric equipment as part of Crossrail. The new electric Crossrail trains require certain bridges to be removed and rebuilt to se...

£30m TfL funding for Crossrail public realm scheme

£30m TfL funding for Crossrail public realm scheme

18.12.12: Crossrail has secured £30m funding from TfL for the public realm scheme to support regeneration at locations along the route. The plans will see station design integrated with new and improved public spaces, to be jointly delivered by...

Work begins on eastern tunnels

Work begins on eastern tunnels

29.11.12: Crossrail’s tunnel boring machine (TBM) ‘Elizabeth’ has begun tunnelling to create the eastern section of rail line between Docklands and central London. At 8.3km this will form the longest section of the tunnels. The othe...

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Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

14/05/2019Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

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DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

14/05/2019DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

The DfT has called for new technologies to revolutionise travel for older people and those with disabilities, but the RMT has “reacted with... more >
First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

13/05/2019First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

HS2 is on the “verge of passing the point of no return” and the amount of money spent would make scrapping the flagship project &ldqu... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

13/05/2019Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

Professor Meiling Zhu, chair of mechanical engineering and head of the Energy Harvesting Research Group (EHRG) at the University of Exeter, introduces us to Ze-Power (Zero Power, Large Area Rail Track Monitoring): an innovative Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded project aiming to make the railway tracks safer and... more >
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The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

13/05/2019The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch and chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), gives her view on the state of the UK’s ... more >
NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

13/05/2019NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) chief executive Neil Robertson returns to write for RTM, this time, to assess the digital skills shor... more >
Delivering cost-effective electrification

13/05/2019Delivering cost-effective electrification

David Clarke, technical director of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), sets out the findings of a new report on how rail electrification can... more >
5G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

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Simon Holmes, group head of digital (engineering) at FirstGroup, introduces us to the 5G solution being delivered for the rail sector.  ... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >