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Crossrail soars £600m over budget, further costs on the way

Crossrail soars £600m over budget, further costs on the way

25.07.18: The Crossrail budget is operating at £600m over budget and extra funding will still be required for the project in the future. In a written statement to Parliament yesterday, rail minister Jo Johnson said that despite it being “...

Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

17.07.18: Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail and the Elizabeth Line, outlines the key features of the brand-new, eco-friendly Old Oak Common depot which recently opened its doors in the capital. Operations have begun at the new, purpose-b...

Crossrail boss appointed to replace Higgins at HS2

Crossrail boss appointed to replace Higgins at HS2

13.07.18: Top image: Chief executive of Crossrail Andrew Wolstenholme (left) and former chairman of Crossrail Sir Terry Morgan (right).  The man who has been chair of Crossrail since 2009 has been appointed to the same top job at HS2 Ltd, t...

Crossrail 2 update moves project forward

Crossrail 2 update moves project forward

31.05.18: Crossrail 2 has moved a step closer to commencing work, it has claimed following the publication of updated plans to take the scheme forward. Since the last consultation on the proposals for the project, Crossrail 2 has been working to develop...

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...

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Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

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TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

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TfL has awarded a contract for 43 new trains to replace the oldest rolling stock on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), with the first scheduled t... more >
Hitachi trains for Happy trains

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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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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…

10/06/2019A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >