Crossrail

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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Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

22/10/2018Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

The Thameslink programme at Network Rail’s latest project pledges to drive innovation and make commuters’ lives easier with cutting-e... more >
FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

19/10/2018FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported failure to tell the London S... more >
Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

19/10/2018Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has received an £80m rescue package led by the Netherlands, leading to reports of urgent talks between the UK and Dutch gove... 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 >