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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...

Stansted calls for faster rail links and Crossrail connection

Stansted calls for faster rail links and Crossrail connection

23.11.12: Stansted Airport says that faster and more reliable rail links could help attract at least an extra 1.4 million passengers a year to use the airport. Its new ‘vision’ for rail, launched today, includes plans for a 30-minute jour...

Siemens wins €60m Crossrail signalling project

Siemens wins €60m Crossrail signalling project

16.11.12: A consortium led by Siemens has won the signalling and control equipment contract for Crossrail’s central section, worth an estimated €60m. The contract covers the design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning o...

Theresa May warns over Crossrail replacing fast services

Theresa May warns over Crossrail replacing fast services

13.11.12: Home secretary Theresa May, who is MP for Maidenhead, has spoken of her “disappointment” that there will be no fast services on Crossrail and said the project must complement and not replace existing fast services. Following a m...

Crossrail to generate a £5.5bn property price boost

Crossrail to generate a £5.5bn property price boost

17.10.12: The Crossrail routes in and around London are expected to boost surrounding property prices by £5.5bn. Commercial property consultant GVA predicts that between 2012 and 2020, new links and stations will produce a significant increase...

Six companies shortlisted to build 13 Crossrail stations

Six companies shortlisted to build 13 Crossrail stations

04.10.12: An invitation to tender has been issued for the design and construction of 13 stations on the western section of the Crossrail route. Network Rail has issued invitations to Morgan Sindall, Costain, Geoffrey Osborne, Vinci, Balfour Beatty an...

Crossrail awards £7m signalling contract

Crossrail awards £7m signalling contract

20.09.12: Network Rail has awarded the contract for over £7m signalling enabling works for Crossrail’s western section. Osborne has been appointed to cover the west outer signalling renewal, with civil’s works covering a 17 mile section...

Crossrail delivers earth for nature reserve

Crossrail delivers earth for nature reserve

17.09.12: Construction begins today on the Wallasea Island project – a wetland habitat for thousands of migratory birds. Spoil from Crossrail’s central London tunnels will be used to create the largest coastal nature reserve in Europe. Fa...

Building Information Modelling academy launched

Building Information Modelling academy launched

23.08.12: Crossrail and Bentley Systems have launched the UK’s first dedicated Building Information Modelling (BIM) academy to enhance supply chain knowledge and drive innovation in the construction industry. This knowledge can be transferred t...

‘Phyllis’ reaches Paddington in Crossrail milestone

‘Phyllis’ reaches Paddington in Crossrail milestone

22.08.12: The first of Crossrail’s tunnel boring machines has reached Paddington from Royal Oak, with the second TBM beginning the journey from Royal Oak Portal towards Paddington. Work to install a major conveyor belt system, to remove excavat...

Laing O’Rourke wins Custom House contract

Laing O’Rourke wins Custom House contract

17.08.12: Crossrail has awarded the main construction contract for Custom House station to Laing O’Rourke Construction Ltd. The new station in east London is the only above ground station within Crossrail’s central section. The building w...

Crossrail’s Docklands tunnel shafts near completion

Crossrail’s Docklands tunnel shafts near completion

25.07.12: The Docklands tunnel shafts are near completion for Crossrail, with construction of the eastern tunnels to begin this winter. Workers have reached the bottom of two huge launch shafts, where the Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) will be lowered...

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Crossrail restarts dynamic testing on Elizabeth Line after series of delays

18/01/2019Crossrail restarts dynamic testing on Elizabeth Line after series of delays

Crossrail has begun operating test trains on the Elizabeth Line, restarting a crucial part of testing after months of setbacks and delays. T... more >
Unions launch campaign after closure notice served on 200-job Glasgow rail depot

18/01/2019Unions launch campaign after closure notice served on 200-job Glasgow rail depot

Rail maintenance company Gemini Rail has served a closure notice on its Springburn depot and served workers with redundancy notices, sparking uni... more >
Former Highways England manager to join Transport for the North in new director role

18/01/2019Former Highways England manager to join Transport for the North in new director role

A former Highways England manager is set to join Transport for the North (TfN) to operate as the body’s new strategy and programme director... 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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5 reasons why you should be involved with TransCityRail

18/01/20195 reasons why you should be involved with TransCityRail

TransCityRail brings a unique opportunity to gain invaluable insight into what’s happening in the rail industry across the Midlands, exhibit, and place your brand in front of budget-holders whilst taking advantage of the hours of networking with senior decision-makers. 5 reasons why you should be involved with TransCityRail Midlands ... more >
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Repoint: revolutionising track switch

15/01/2019Repoint: revolutionising track switch

Sam Bemment, senior R&D engineer at Loughborough University, brings us an update on the Repoint project – a scheme which has transforme... more >
ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

15/01/2019ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

Ahead of CP6, Howard Taylor, cost manager of railway planning and performance at the ORR, dives deep into the regulator’s assessment of wha... more >
Network Rail & Innovate UK: Ready for the future

15/01/2019Network Rail & Innovate UK: Ready for the future

As part of its Open for Business programme, Network Rail recently teamed up with Innovate UK to give businesses a chance to win a share of £... more >
CP6: Room for improvement

15/01/2019CP6: Room for improvement

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), assesses Network Rail’s confirmed spending plans for CP6. Th... more >

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Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

20/12/2018Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

In November, the first ever Rail Ombudsman was established in a bid to give passengers a free independent service to allow passengers to claim co... more >