Crossrail boss quits

Crossrail boss quits

14.01.11: The boss of Crossrail is to step down after nearly two years at the helm – with no successor yet in place. Chief executive Rob Holden has not given exact reasons for his sudden decision to depart, beyond wanting to “explore new...

Crossrail announces partnership with Jobcentre Plus

06.08.10: Up to 14,000 people will be employed at the peak of construction between 2013 and 2015 according to Crossrail’s Skills and Employment Strategy which was launched recently. The Strategy sets out how local people will be provided with o...

Crossrail contracts awarded

Crossrail contracts awarded

02.07.10: Because of the increased number of services running along the Great Western mainline, Network Rail is to improve facilities at Acton. It has awarded the contract for part of those improvement works to Atkins, which is great news for those w...

Support the capital’s transport projects, says Network Rail

Support the capital’s transport projects, says Network Rail

02.07.10: Network Rail has called on businesses in London to make more of a contribution towards the city’s transport system. Robbie Burns, Network Rail's programme director for Crossrail, said that schemes like Thameslink and Crossrail, &lsquo...

Crossrail shows off new Whitechapel Station design

Crossrail shows off new Whitechapel Station design

25.06.10: The public have had their first chance to see designs for the new Crossrail station at Whitechapel. This new design has many features which passengers will find useful and it will also deliver better value than previous designs. Rob Ho...

Crossrail is safe, says new Transport Secretary

14.05.10: In what has been seen as a very early indication of support, the new Transport Secretary Philip Hammond MP, has said that the project is safe in the new government’s hands. In welcome news for rail jobs throughout Britain he said that...

Conservatives hint at Crossrail U-Turn

Conservatives hint at Crossrail U-Turn

16.04.10: Labour has seized on comments made by shadow minister Justine Greening, which Labour claim go against the Conservatives manifesto on Crossrail. The Conservative manifesto states that if elected to government, the party would support ‘...

Crossrail design tender issued

Crossrail design tender issued

09.04.10: More good news for rail jobs as Network Rail issues a tender for works at Acton, as part of the Crossrail project. The works at Acton would help to improve capacity for rail freight in the area, whilst also ensuring that passengers services...

Crossrail to award second batch of detailed design contracts

15.06.09: Crossrail today announced its intention to award the second set of contracts for detailed design services under its framework agreements. Under the Crossrail Design Framework Agreements announced in December 2008, the selected firms for eac...

Network Rail boosts Crossrail and Reading projects

24.04.09: Network Rail has given passengers and the people of London a boost by taking a big step forward in the delivery of the Crossrail and Reading projects It has announced the intention to appoint Bechtel as its delivery partner for these vital...

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Union to continue with controversial four-day Easter Weekend strike

16/03/2018Union to continue with controversial four-day Easter Weekend strike

Union members working for South Western Railway (SWR) are to go through with a four-day strike running across both bank holidays over the Easter ... more >
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Network Rail sees more than £200m in retail sales in Q4 2017

15/03/2018Network Rail sees more than £200m in retail sales in Q4 2017

Retail sales at Network Rail managed stations grew by 3.5% in the final quarter of 2017, it was revealed today. Between April and December 2017 ... 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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How can UK rail become a global leader?

06/03/2018How can UK rail become a global leader?

Alison Dervis, EY director, explains why more diverse thinking, innovation and industry collaboration will help deliver transformative change to the railway industry. From late Georgian steam engines, to the multibillion-pound civil engineering projects of modern day, Britain’s railways have a legendary and inspiring tale to tell of... more >
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Smart Ticketing: The way ahead

13/03/2018Smart Ticketing: The way ahead

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), runs through the nationwide progress in rolling out ... more >
A benchmark year for HS2

13/03/2018A benchmark year for HS2

Jim Crawford, managing director of Phase 1 at HS2 Ltd, discusses the many critical activities set to take place this year as the mammoth high-spe... more >
The North has a plan

13/03/2018The North has a plan

There has always been an incredible thirst for change in the north. Now, there is finally a plan robust and forward-thinking enough to make it ha... more >
EWR: Getting it right

13/03/2018EWR: Getting it right

Peter Austin, delivery director at East West Rail Company (EWRco), argues that completing the link between Oxford and Cambridge as quickly as pos... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >