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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...

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...

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ScotRail submits £18m improvement plan in response to government improvement notice

25/03/2019ScotRail submits £18m improvement plan in response to government improvement notice

Under-fire train operator ScotRail has unveiled an £18m remedial plan to recruit more staff and bring in additional high-speed trains in re... more >
Major redevelopment plans for Edinburgh Waverley station unveiled

25/03/2019Major redevelopment plans for Edinburgh Waverley station unveiled

Network Rail has launched a consultation on a multi-million long-term redevelopment plan for Edinburgh’s Waverley Station. With annual... more >
Failings found as passengers on stranded train walk on live track in ‘potentially lethal’ incident, RAIB says

25/03/2019Failings found as passengers on stranded train walk on live track in ‘potentially lethal’ incident, RAIB says

Dozens of passengers left “increasingly uncomfortable” on a stranded train at Lewisham left their train and walked along icy tracks s... 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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The West Midlands 30-year strategy

19/03/2019The West Midlands 30-year strategy

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. The West Midlands Rail Executive was formed three years ago to give local authorities a direct influence over the award of the region’s main rail franchise. Working with the Department for Transpo... more >
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Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
East West Rail: the next steps

19/03/2019East West Rail: the next steps

In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

19/03/2019Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >