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Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel

Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel

23.03.17: Linda Miller, former Crossrail project manager, Connaught Tunnel, reflects on the challenges of widening and deepening the vital Victorian tunnel for the new Elizabeth Line. Built in 1878, the Connaught Tunnel allowed the railway to be dive...

HS3 ambitions may side-track Crossrail 2 plans in Spring Budget

HS3 ambitions may side-track Crossrail 2 plans in Spring Budget

07.03.17: Plans for London’s Crossrail 2 network may be at risk of being eclipsed by ambitions from northern cities for the east-west HS3 link, senior MPs from the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) of London have today warned. It is anticipa...

London network will ‘grind to a halt’ without Crossrail 2, warns Khan

London network will ‘grind to a halt’ without Crossrail 2, warns Khan

08.02.17: With still a few months left to go until the first Crossrail trains hit the network, London mayor Sadiq Khan has today made the case for the project’s follow-up, Crossrail 2 – without which he claims at least 17 of the capital’...

Vital Crossrail works delivered over Christmas

Vital Crossrail works delivered over Christmas

04.01.17: The second ramp of the vast Stockley Flyover has now opened after Network Rail carried out its biggest programme of Crossrail engineering ever over Christmas. The works led to two new major structures entering service: the second ramp of th...

Crossrail trains undergo intense weather testing in Austria

Crossrail trains undergo intense weather testing in Austria

03.01.17: Crossrail trains are having their readiness to cope with extreme heat and cold tested at a special facility in Vienna. Bombardier Transportation, which is building the new trains in Derby, delivered the front carriage of a test train to the...

Crossrail minister rides train as electrification and testing milestones passed

Crossrail minister rides train as electrification and testing milestones passed

12.12.16: Crossrail minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon rode the train for the first time on a visit to the Derby testing facility, previously visited by RTM when the first train was unveiled. The new cross-London rail link passed fresh milestones as th...

Crossrail contractors face prosecution after worker killed by falling concrete

Crossrail contractors face prosecution after worker killed by falling concrete

09.12.16: Three major contractors are set to be prosecuted over the death of a Crossrail worker and the injury of two others in three separate accidents during the construction of the tunnel. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced that BAM N...

Crossrail 2 ‘cannot go ahead’ without four-tracking of West Anglia line

Crossrail 2 ‘cannot go ahead’ without four-tracking of West Anglia line

09.11.16: MPs for constituencies along the West Anglia line called for the route to be four-tracked in order to accommodate new rolling stock and Crossrail 2 at a Westminster Hall debate yesterday. Sir Alan Haselhurst, the Conservative MP for Saffron...

Crossrail driver simulator installed at Ilford as fleet testing progresses

Crossrail driver simulator installed at Ilford as fleet testing progresses

02.11.16: Crossrail has taken another step forward as testing and driver testing for its new fleet of Bombardier-built Aventra trains begins. The latest report from Transport for London commissioner Mike Brown says that the first test train for the C...

Proposals submitted for Crossrail upgrade of Ilford station

Proposals submitted for Crossrail upgrade of Ilford station

18.10.16: Ilford station will get a new building in the latest stage of improvements as part of the Crossrail project. The Network Rail proposals, now submitted to Redbridge Borough Council, include a new, spacious station building with a glass fa&cc...

Khan rides Elizabeth Line route to mark Crossrail reaching 75% complete

Khan rides Elizabeth Line route to mark Crossrail reaching 75% complete

05.09.16: The mayor of London made the first station-to-station journey on the new Elizabeth line last week, as the project reached 75% completion. Sadiq Khan rode a construction train from the new station at Custom House to Canary Wharf. Half of the...

Crossrail:  Setting the bar high for commuter travel

Crossrail: Setting the bar high for commuter travel

05.09.16: During a site visit to Bombardier’s testing facility to see the Crossrail train first-hand, RTM caught up with Mark Wild, London Underground’s managing director, to find out more about the project’s development. Luana Salles re...

Crossrail awards last major contract to Alstom JV

Crossrail awards last major contract to Alstom JV

22.08.16: The last contract to build London’s new Crossrail network has been awarded to Alstom, TSO and Costain, it was announced today. The three companies form a joint venture which will receive a £26m contract to build a maintenance fa...

Upgrades on track at Paddington

Upgrades on track at Paddington

01.08.16: Work to upgrade Paddington station to prepare for Crossrail and the electrification of the Great Western Main Line is on track, Network Rail and Transport for London have said. Bakerloo Line services to Paddington will start again after wor...

‘Massive engineering challenge’ at Acton underpass complete

‘Massive engineering challenge’ at Acton underpass complete

25.07.16: A new dive-under to allow passenger services to pass under freight trains at Acton, being built by Network Rail as part of Crossrail and hailed as a “massive engineering challenge”, has been successfully completed. Work on the u...

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TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

21/06/2018TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

Brand new state-of-the-art London Overground electric trains have been unveiled to the public, hosting Wi-Fi and USB charging capabilities a... more >
Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

20/06/2018Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

Rail companies have come together to launch a long-term plan for the railway in south east London and Kent. The region’s rail companies, s... more >
Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

20/06/2018Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

Department for Transport officials and ministers were warned about Northern Rail chaos two years ago, but saw some key routes as “not reall... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >