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...

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...

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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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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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27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Night Tube: The twilight economy

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Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >