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Elizabeth Line trains undergoing final testing phases, travelling through tunnels at 60mph

Elizabeth Line trains undergoing final testing phases, travelling through tunnels at 60mph

29.05.18:  The first footage of the new Elizabeth line of trains being tested in London has been released, with the major infrastructure project now in its final stages. Images show the new fleet’s automatic train control system (which ope...

Crossrail and Aslef partnership ‘pioneer in union relations’

Crossrail and Aslef partnership ‘pioneer in union relations’

25.05.18: The working partnership between MTR Crossrail and trade union Aslef has been recognised in a case study by the Involvement and Participation Association (IPA). The case study highlights the working relationships that have been developed and sus...

Crossrail 2 and NPR timetable and funding decision needed this year, says NIC

Crossrail 2 and NPR timetable and funding decision needed this year, says NIC

25.05.18: Sir John Armitt has called for the independent financial review of Crossrail 2 to report back by the end of this year. Speaking at the UK Transport Infrastructure Summit on Wednesday, the chair of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) ca...

TfL orders five more Elizabeth Line trains in £70m Bombardier deal

TfL orders five more Elizabeth Line trains in £70m Bombardier deal

28.03.18: Bombardier Transportation is to provide five additional Aventra trains for London’s Elizabeth Line in a major deal announced this week. The agreement with TfL also includes an expansion to the existing Train Services Agreement to cover th...

Crossrail CEO Wolstenholme to step down after seven years at organisation

Crossrail CEO Wolstenholme to step down after seven years at organisation

09.03.18: Andrew Wolstenholme is to step down as chief executive of Crossrail, it has been announced. After seven years, Wolstenholme will take up a new role in the private sector, and programme director Simon Wright will lead the organisation in a comb...

Crossrail engineers hit key track, signalling and infrastructure milestones

Crossrail engineers hit key track, signalling and infrastructure milestones

07.03.18: A series of milestones have been reached as railway upgrades have been completed along the Crossrail route. Network Rail has completed track work at Pudding Mill Lane, where the Elizabeth line tunnels emerge and meet with the national rail infr...

DfT launches Crossrail 2 affordability review to ensure value for money

DfT launches Crossrail 2 affordability review to ensure value for money

05.03.18: Chris Grayling has announced an independent review to ensure the affordability of Crossrail 2. Speaking at the Transport for the Northern Powerhouse conference in Leeds last Friday, the transport secretary explained that the Independent Afforda...

Phasing issues put Crossrail construction £190m over expected cost

Phasing issues put Crossrail construction £190m over expected cost

26.02.18: Construction costs on the Crossrail programme have come in 20% over the planned costs, amounting to around £190m of extra spending on the year to date. The difference in cost has been attributed in part to the phasing of certain works...

First Elizabeth Line trains run from Paddington for testing

First Elizabeth Line trains run from Paddington for testing

21.02.18: The first Crossrail trains have started running from Paddington to Reading this week. In a Twitter post from the Elizabeth line’s account, it was revealed that the new Class 345 trains are undergoing testing from Paddington to as far as R...

NIC chair: Government must commit to clear plan for Crossrail 2 and NPR

NIC chair: Government must commit to clear plan for Crossrail 2 and NPR

16.02.18: Progress on Crossrail 2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail has been branded “hugely disappointing”, by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) chair, Sir John Armitt. The NIC’s first Annual Monitoring Report, published today, h...

New Abbey Wood station opens on schedule

New Abbey Wood station opens on schedule

23.10.17: Abbey Wood’s new station building which will serve the Elizabeth Line in London and the south east has opened today. The station has been delivered by Network Rail as part of the Crossrail project to allow passengers using the Elizabeth l...

Elizabeth Line celebrates key milestone as track installation work completed

Elizabeth Line celebrates key milestone as track installation work completed

14.09.17: A major landmark has been reached by Crossrail today as it announced that it had completed permanent track installation work on the Elizabeth Line. Transport secretary Chris Grayling joined deputy mayor for transport Val Shawcross, Crossrai...

New Elizabeth Line trains bugged by insect problem in early testing

New Elizabeth Line trains bugged by insect problem in early testing

18.08.17: The wind screen wipers on TfL’s new Class 345 rolling stock to run on the Elizabeth Line encountered some difficulties in early testing from a build-up of insects, RTM can exclusively reveal. Despite being tested in a state-of-the-art...

Crossrail reaches halfway point of Elizabeth Line escalator fit-out

Crossrail reaches halfway point of Elizabeth Line escalator fit-out

17.08.17: Over half of the escalators have now been installed at Elizabeth Line stations, Crossrail has this week revealed. New pictures have shown how the construction is progressing as the company reaches the halfway point of its programme installi...

TfL on new Elizabeth Line train delay: roll-out ‘all about confidence’

TfL on new Elizabeth Line train delay: roll-out ‘all about confidence’

14.08.17: The roll-out of TfL’s new Elizabeth Line trains were delayed earlier this year to ensure they would not experience any problems when they entered service in order to maintain the confidence of the public, staff and TOCs, RTM was told today...

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Historic Victorian rail bridge given facelift in restoration project

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A historic Victorian-era railway bridge in Wandsworth at Earlsfield station has been restored by engineers. A team of Network Rail engi... more >
New transparent roof ‘first of several’ upgrades announced for Leeds station

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Network Rail and the East Coast Main Line Railway board have announced a new state-of-the-art roof will be installed at Leeds station as part of ... more >
HS2 partnership looks to deliver ‘once in a generation’ opportunity at Toton hub site

18/10/2018HS2 partnership looks to deliver ‘once in a generation’ opportunity at Toton hub site

Nottingham County Council has agreed to go into partnership with a regeneration specialist to prepare the region for the new East Midlands HS2 st... 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 East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >