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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...

‘Jigsaw puzzle’ platforms completed at Liverpool Street station

‘Jigsaw puzzle’ platforms completed at Liverpool Street station

15.07.16: The platforms for Liverpool Street station, which will open as part of the Crossrail line, have now been successfully completed. It took four months to install the two platforms, which are 240m long, around twice the length of existing Lond...

TfL requests £34m increase in Crossrail 2 funding

TfL requests £34m increase in Crossrail 2 funding

14.07.16: Funding for Crossrail 2 will need to be increased by £34m, according to papers published ahead of the Transport for London (TfL) board meeting on 19 July. In December 2015, the TfL board increased the project authority for Crossrail 2...

Interim report aims to quell public concerns about Crossrail 2

Interim report aims to quell public concerns about Crossrail 2

08.07.16: Nearly 21,000 members of the public have raised concerns about Crossrail 2 in a public consultation, published today by Transport for London (TfL) and Network Rail. TfL and Network Rail said that following the consultation, they are going t...

East London line to partially close for Crossrail work at Whitechapel

East London line to partially close for Crossrail work at Whitechapel

05.07.16: Some London Overground services on the East London line will be cancelled between 30 July and 7 August to allow for the renovation of Whitechapel station. The construction work is the latest stage in preparations for the cross-London line...

Crossrail work carried out at 19 outer London locations over bank holiday

Crossrail work carried out at 19 outer London locations over bank holiday

01.06.16: Work to adapt railways in outer London, Berkshire and Essex for Crossrail was successfully completed over the spring bank holiday weekend. Network Rail carried out 40,000 hours of work at 19 locations on 28-30 May, when the number of passen...

Pre-Crossrail upgrades at Acton Main Line station approved

Pre-Crossrail upgrades at Acton Main Line station approved

20.05.16: Upgrades to Acton Main Line station ahead of the introduction of Crossrail, recently renamed the Elizabeth line, have been approved by Ealing Council. The upgrade will include platform extensions to accommodate Crossrail’s 200m trains...

Bombardier opens Crossrail testing facility in Derby

Bombardier opens Crossrail testing facility in Derby

16.05.16: Bombardier will test and commission its Crossrail trains at a new facility in Derby, which formally opened on Friday. The 10,000 square metre site has been built to support the production of 66 new Aventra nine-car class 345 EMUs. The...

Unique designs for new Crossrail stations released

Unique designs for new Crossrail stations released

11.05.16: New images of the remodelled stations along the Elizabeth Line, as Crossrail will be named, have been released to the public. The images, which are also featured in a free exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects, provide a n...

Network Rail completes £14.5m Crossrail preparations over bank holiday

Network Rail completes £14.5m Crossrail preparations over bank holiday

04.05.16: Network Rail completed a £14.5m programme of works at 21 locations over the May bank holiday weekend to prepare tracks, infrastructure and stations for Crossrail. With 1,800 people working round the clock, the work included track remo...

New bridge opens at Iver over GWML as part of Crossrail preparations

New bridge opens at Iver over GWML as part of Crossrail preparations

05.04.16: A new bridge across the Great Western Main Line in Iver designed to be high enough to accommodate electrified Crossrail trains is now open. The 110m long Thorney Lane Bridge opened to vehicles and pedestrians in the early hours of 2 April. ...

£30m Crossrail improvements completed over Easter weekend

£30m Crossrail improvements completed over Easter weekend

01.04.16: Crossrail successfully received £30m of improvements as part of the Easter weekend upgrades. Half of the £60m Network Rail spent on upgrades went to Crossrail-related projects, with more than 3,000 workers completing more than 1...

Council leaders call for ‘eastern phase’ to Crossrail 2 to promote growth

Council leaders call for ‘eastern phase’ to Crossrail 2 to promote growth

22.03.16: Crossrail 2 must be extended to east London in order to foster growth in the region, council leaders have said. According to a new study from transport consultancy GHD, which was commissioned jointly by Essex, Newham, Hackney and Barking an...

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Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

15/08/2018Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

Swiss rolling stock provider Stadler has been announced as the preferred bidder for a Welsh deal that will provide 71 trains to the lines. T... more >
Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

15/08/2018Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

Train fares in the UK will rise 3.2% in January 2019, the government has confirmed – marginally below the expected 3.5%. This increase... more >
Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14/08/2018Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the environment, economy and... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... 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 >