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Why are UAS not being more widely used for rail network inspections?

Why are UAS not being more widely used for rail network inspections?

01.05.12: Managing & Technical Director of VTOL Technologies, Ashley Bryant, a chartered engineer, chartered IT professional and member of the IMechE, reports on the new and rising Unmanned Aerial Systems and their value in the rail industry The...

Connaught Tunnel refurbishment underway

Connaught Tunnel refurbishment underway

23.04.12: Crossrail works at Connaught Tunnel are well underway, as dewatering wells are sunk and preparations to dismantle the 130-year-old pump house begin. The project will improve the poor structural condition of the tunnel and allow it to accommodate...

Early completion for Canary Wharf station

Early completion for Canary Wharf station

26.03.12: Crossrail station works atCanaryWharfhave been completed ahead of schedule, with the first station platform level complete five months early. The station is now ready to receive the tunnel boring machines for eastern running tunnels in 2013. ...

£400m Crossrail track works shortlist announced

£400m Crossrail track works shortlist announced

23.03.12: Crossrail has announced the shortlist of organisations for the contract to design and install track and tunnel equipment, worth around £400m, and one of the largest pieces of work on the whole scheme. Work will commence in 2014 when t...

Final Crossrail tunnel portal contract awarded

Final Crossrail tunnel portal contract awarded

16.03.12: Crossrail has awarded the tunnel portal contract for Victoria Dock to VINCI Construction UK Ltd. The final contract is subject to a 10-day standstill period under EU procurement rules. Construction will begin in autumn 2012. Five new tunnel...

Crossrail TBMs move into position

Crossrail TBMs move into position

14.03.12: The first Crossrail tunnel boring machines (TBM) are now ready to begin tunnelling, and are being moved into place at Royal Oak Portal. The tunnels will be 21km long in total, will pass through 37 stations and is providing £250m worth of c...

Liverpool Street Station contract awarded

Liverpool Street Station contract awarded

02.03.12: Liverpool Street Station contract awarded  Crossrail has awarded a major construction contract at Liverpool Street Station to Laing O’Rourke Construction Ltd.  The station will provide interchanges with London Undergrou...

Tunnel Boring

Tunnel Boring

01.03.12: With Crossrail about to enter the crucial tunnelling phase, project manager Andy Alder says the key to success rests with getting the details right. It’s Europe’s biggest construction project: a rail tunnel underneath one of the...

Custom House shortlist announced

Custom House shortlist announced

24.02.12: Crossrail has confirmed the shortlist for C520 Custom House station, with the main construction contract worth an estimated £35m. The four organisations which performed strongly at pre-qualification stage and so form the shortlist are...

Design differences offer even playing field to Crossrail bidders

17.02.12: Carriages for Crossrail will not be of identical design to Thameslink, removing an advantage for Thameslink rolling stock winner Siemens, and offering Bombardier more of an equal chance, it has been revealed. Following a 2008 DfT document...

Concrete segments produced for Crossrail

10.02.12: The tunnel segment plant has begun full operations, producing the first of 250,000 concrete segments to line the 42km Crossrail tunnels. To achieve this, the first 15 trainees and apprentices have started work at Old Oak Common. The facility wil...

Crossrail rolling stock to be PFI-funded

Crossrail rolling stock to be PFI-funded

16.12.11: The Crossrail rolling stock will be funded through a PFI deal, Transport Secretary Justine Greening has announced. Mayor of London Boris Johnson had wanted to pay for the 60 trains by raising the debt ceiling of Transport for London, but Gr...

Whitechapel Station contract awarded

Whitechapel Station contract awarded

25.11.11: BBMV, a joint venture of Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall & Vinci Construction UK, has been awarded the £110m contract for the Whitechapel main station works for Crossrail. Construction is due to start in January 2012, and will be c...

Crossrail decision delayed

02.09.11: The next stage of the procurement process for Crossrail rolling stock and depot construction has been delayed to save cash and while it awaits a procurement review being carried out to ensure UK firms don’t lose out to European rivals befo...

GLA’s £600m bond issue to raise Crossrail funds

GLA’s £600m bond issue to raise Crossrail funds

08.07.11: The Greater London Authority is turning to the capital markets to raise money for Crossrail. According to the Financial Times, it is the first local authority to do so for 17 years, having announced a £600m bond issue, through a new v...

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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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