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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...

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 ‘...

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