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£15.5m Crossrail contract awarded to VolkerRail

£15.5m Crossrail contract awarded to VolkerRail

12.07.12: Network Rail has awarded a £15.5m contract for works as part of the Crossrail programme. VolkerRail will begin works at Acton freight yard to improve access and increase the capacity for freight. VolkerRail will be jointly delivering...

Crossrail freight link to Northfleet opened

Crossrail freight link to Northfleet opened

22.06.12: The new £13.5m freight link between the North Kent Line and Northfleet has been officially opened by Bob Neill, the minister with responsibility for the Thames Gateway. The link will be used to transport excavated material from the co...

Elizabeth assembly begins for eastern tunnels

Elizabeth assembly begins for eastern tunnels

20.06.12: The first TBM components have arrived for assembly at Crossrail’s eastern tunnels in Limmo Peninsula. Over the next four months the components will be transported to the Limmo worksite from Tilbury Docks, where the TBM Elizabeth will...

Crossrail power supply contract confirmed

Crossrail power supply contract confirmed

11.06.12: Crossrail has confirmed the shortlist for the non-traction high voltage power supply contract, with chosen organisations to be invited to tender later this summer. The scope of works within the contract (C650) includes design, procurement...

Crossrail deal sealed for above ground works

Crossrail deal sealed for above ground works

24.05.12: Network Rail has agreed a £2.3bn deal with Crossrail to deliver infrastructure enhancements on the existing rail network to enable Crossrail services to Maidenhead, Heathrow, Abbey Wood and Shenfield. The work involves design, develop...

Crossrail - getting ready for the railway

Crossrail - getting ready for the railway

01.05.12: Tunnelling is only just starting, but Crossrail is already looking ahead to the hand-over of works from the civils contractors to the installation of track and the tunnel fit-out railway systems works. Adam Hewitt spoke to Siv Bhamra, Systemwide...

Why are UAS not being more widely used for rail network inspections?

Why are UAS not being more widely used for rail network inspections?

01.05.12: Managing & Technical Director of VTOL Technologies, Ashley Bryant, a chartered engineer, chartered IT professional and member of the IMechE, reports on the new and rising Unmanned Aerial Systems and their value in the rail industry The...

Connaught Tunnel refurbishment underway

Connaught Tunnel refurbishment underway

23.04.12: Crossrail works at Connaught Tunnel are well underway, as dewatering wells are sunk and preparations to dismantle the 130-year-old pump house begin. The project will improve the poor structural condition of the tunnel and allow it to accommodate...

Early completion for Canary Wharf station

Early completion for Canary Wharf station

26.03.12: Crossrail station works atCanaryWharfhave been completed ahead of schedule, with the first station platform level complete five months early. The station is now ready to receive the tunnel boring machines for eastern running tunnels in 2013. ...

£400m Crossrail track works shortlist announced

£400m Crossrail track works shortlist announced

23.03.12: Crossrail has announced the shortlist of organisations for the contract to design and install track and tunnel equipment, worth around £400m, and one of the largest pieces of work on the whole scheme. Work will commence in 2014 when t...

Final Crossrail tunnel portal contract awarded

Final Crossrail tunnel portal contract awarded

16.03.12: Crossrail has awarded the tunnel portal contract for Victoria Dock to VINCI Construction UK Ltd. The final contract is subject to a 10-day standstill period under EU procurement rules. Construction will begin in autumn 2012. Five new tunnel...

Crossrail TBMs move into position

Crossrail TBMs move into position

14.03.12: The first Crossrail tunnel boring machines (TBM) are now ready to begin tunnelling, and are being moved into place at Royal Oak Portal. The tunnels will be 21km long in total, will pass through 37 stations and is providing £250m worth of c...

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...

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Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

19/07/2019Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

A review of the Rail North Partnership, headed by Leeds Council leader cllr Judith Blake and rail minister Andrew Jones, has set out recommendati... more >
TfL announces 4G for London Underground in 2020

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Transport for London (TfL) have announced that 4G will be available on parts of the London Underground from March 2020. The eastern half of ... more >
Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

19/07/2019Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

An international study of light rail systems has identified Metrolink as one of the best in the world. The system was rated as fifth best in... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

By Ewan Quayle, Rail Technology Magazine Reporter Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on R... more >