Crossrail

Andrew Wolstenholme to be new Crossrail boss

20.05.11: Crossrail has confirmed the identity of its new chief executive to replace Rob Holden, who is stepping down to head up HS1. Andrew Wolstenholme, currently director of innovation and strategic capability with Balfour Beatty, will join Crossr...

Crossrail’s new tunnelling contracts

Crossrail’s new tunnelling contracts

08.04.11: Crossrail’s new railway is Europe’s largest construction project. They are currently working on two new major tunnelling contracts in London that are collectively worth £225m. The success of the company has ensured new con...

Crossrail rolling stock and depots shortlist announced

Crossrail rolling stock and depots shortlist announced

01.04.11: Crossrail has confirmed the shortlist of companies who will be invited to tender for rolling stock and depot facilities costing around £1bn. Around 60 new trains, registered as Class 345, are expected to be procured under the contract...

More Crossrail station works announced

More Crossrail station works announced

25.03.11: Station improvements along the 25km north-east section of Crossrail have been contracted out. Atkins Ltd will design the bulk of the works on the stations between Stratford in east London and Shenfield in Essex. Romford, Ilford, Goodma...

Life-size Crossrail platform built 50 miles away

Life-size Crossrail platform built 50 miles away

18.03.11: A life-sized mock-up of a Crossrail underground platform has been built at a construction test centre using techniques replicated from the film industry. Crossrail has released images of the mock-up this week to give Londoners a ‘glim...

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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Department for Transport officials and ministers were warned about Northern Rail chaos two years ago, but saw some key routes as “not reall... 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 biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... 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 >