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Crossrail handed £350m government lifeline to prevent further delays

Crossrail handed £350m government lifeline to prevent further delays

26.10.18: The government has given the Crossrail project a £350m short-term loan in order to prevent it from falling further behind schedule. The £15.4bn east-west train line was due to open next month but the launch of the Elizabeth line...

Crossrail investigation should ‘absolutely’ be launched if delay claims are true, assembly transport chair says

Crossrail investigation should ‘absolutely’ be launched if delay claims are true, assembly transport chair says

26.10.18: The Crossrail board, London mayor Sadiq Khan and TfL should absolutely face a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) investigation if claims of misleading Londoners during the discovery of the Crossrail delay are true, according to the London Assembl...

London Assembly transport chair: Sadiq Khan may want ‘fresh management’ to restore confidence in Crossrail

London Assembly transport chair: Sadiq Khan may want ‘fresh management’ to restore confidence in Crossrail

25.10.18: Crossrail management are using their hearts rather than their heads when making decisions for the project, and the London mayor may bring in “fresh management” to restore confidence, the chair of the London Assembly’s transport...

FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

19.10.18: The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported failure to tell the London Stock Exchange (LSE) that the Crossrail project would suffer a nine-month delay to its launch. A...

Delays to Crossrail could ‘push HS2 off track’

Delays to Crossrail could ‘push HS2 off track’

16.10.18: Delays and cost overruns on the Crossrail project could have a significant impact on HS2, according to the Construction Products Association (CPA). The nine-month delay could “exacerbate” pressures on HS2’s struggling budg...

How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

12.10.18: The managing director for Crossrail 2 has outlined the plans for cutting costs for Crossrail 2, stating that TfL “need to make it more affordable.” Speaking to delegates at an event in Whitehall yesterday, Dr Michèle Dix...

APPG chair: ‘I can wait a little bit longer’ to receive Crossrail benefits

APPG chair: ‘I can wait a little bit longer’ to receive Crossrail benefits

11.10.18: Despite noting the “great frustration” of Londoners that the project has been delayed, the All-Party Parliamentary Crossrail Group chair has said he can “wait a little bit longer” before passengers receive benefits. ...

MPs call for Crossrail to be expanded to Kent and connected to HS1

MPs call for Crossrail to be expanded to Kent and connected to HS1

11.10.18: A group of MPs and council leaders have united to call for the extension of Crossrail into south London and Kent, a move which they say would unlock 50,000 jobs and 55,000 new homes. The cross-party coalition has called for the delayed &pou...

London Assembly finds ‘grave discrepancies’ and was ‘misled’ over Crossrail delay

London Assembly finds ‘grave discrepancies’ and was ‘misled’ over Crossrail delay

04.10.18: London transport bosses and the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, have been accused of misleading the London Assembly Transport Committee after it “identified grave discrepancies” in evidence given to its investigation. The committee...

Crossrail chair Sir Terry Morgan to step down after project setbacks

Crossrail chair Sir Terry Morgan to step down after project setbacks

04.10.18: The chairman of the £15bn Crossrail project, Sir Terry Morgan, is reported to be preparing to step down after it was revealed that the new line would not open until an undefined date next autumn, Sky News has revealed. Sir Terry, who...

Crossrail: Khan commissions report into governance, says he ‘cannot be sure’ of completion date

Crossrail: Khan commissions report into governance, says he ‘cannot be sure’ of completion date

24.09.18: The London mayor has failed to quell concerns about the future of the city’s Crossrail project after he claimed he ‘cannot be sure’ of the completion date. Speaking to BBC Radio London, Sadiq Khan that a “very speedy...

Around £20m in revenue could be lost due to Crossrail opening delay

Around £20m in revenue could be lost due to Crossrail opening delay

07.09.18: Around £20m of revenue could be lost due to delays in opening Crossrail, leaders in transport said. At a London Assembly meeting on Thursday, transport bosses claimed £20m in revenue for TfL could be lost in the upcoming financi...

Corbyn pledges £10bn for Northern Crossrail project

Corbyn pledges £10bn for Northern Crossrail project

04.09.18: Jeremy Corbyn has pledged that Labour would invest at least £10bn to deliver Crossrail for the north in his flagship announcement for the party’s ‘National Rail Campaign Day.’ Corbyn travelled the proposed route with...

Crossrail delay: Politicians and businesses react to the ‘massive catastrophe’

Crossrail delay: Politicians and businesses react to the ‘massive catastrophe’

31.08.18: Politicians and business leaders have banded together to issue some strong words regarding today’s news that Crossrail will be delayed by at least nine months and up to potentially a year. Labour’s Lord Adonis took to Twitter to...

Crossrail will not open this year as launch delayed by at least 9 months

Crossrail will not open this year as launch delayed by at least 9 months

31.08.18: Elizabeth Line services through central London have been delayed by at least nine months as Crossrail pencils in extra time to complete final infrastructure and carry out extensive testing. The section, between Paddington and Abbey Wood, wa...

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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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Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >
Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10/06/2019Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region o... more >
The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

10/06/2019The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

Richard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming... more >
A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

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