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Upgrades completed on GEML for Elizabeth Line trains

Upgrades completed on GEML for Elizabeth Line trains

08.05.17: Work has been completed to upgrade the Great Eastern Main Line between Shenfield and Liverpool Street in preparation for the Elizabeth Line. The completion of the works means that a reduced rail service will now be run from Brentwood to She...

Crossrail 2: a transformational project

Crossrail 2: a transformational project

05.05.17: Michèle Dix CBE, managing director of Crossrail 2, explains why the rail link is a scheme the whole country should support. Crossrail 2 is a critical rail project for London and the south east, and is needed by the 2030s. We have sub...

Work moves forward to prepare Abbey Wood station for Crossrail

Work moves forward to prepare Abbey Wood station for Crossrail

04.05.17: Work to prepare Abbey Wood station for Elizabeth Line services moved forward yesterday as Crossrail announced that the construction of platform structures and tracks had been completed by engineers. The station will be ready for service in...

First Elizabeth Line train on track to enter service in May

First Elizabeth Line train on track to enter service in May

28.04.17: Howard Smith, TfL’s operations director for the Elizabeth Line, on what the future looks like for London’s new east-west rail route as the first train readies to enter service in May this year.  The Elizabeth Line is going...

Crossrail unveils striking ceiling images at Farringdon and Liverpool Street stations

Crossrail unveils striking ceiling images at Farringdon and Liverpool Street stations

24.04.17: Crossrail has this week completed work on the architectural ceilings at the Farringdon and Liverpool Street Elizabeth Line stations and released a number of striking images of the work that has been done to the two stations. At Farringdon...

Councils call for DfT to move forward on ‘crucial’ Crossrail 2 plans

Councils call for DfT to move forward on ‘crucial’ Crossrail 2 plans

20.04.17: Councils across London and the south east have come together to put their support behind plans for Crossrail 2 and have urged the government to fully support the project. Authorities from Cambridge to Portsmouth and the representative for L...

Crossrail moves forward with completion of electrification on major route

Crossrail moves forward with completion of electrification on major route

29.03.17: Crossrail took a step forward this week as Network Rail (NR) announced that electrification work had been completed on the 12-mile stretch of railway from Maidenhead to Stockley Junction. The project of electrification will allow new Great...

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...

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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

22/02/2019Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transport masterplan outlined by ... more >
Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

22/02/2019Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

Eurostar queues of up to 15,000 passengers could mount up at London’s St Pancras International station in the event of a no-deal Brexit, ac... more >
New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

21/02/2019New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

A new head of safety and environment has been announced by Hull Trains, with Mark Shepherd due to replace Phil Green in the role. Bringing m... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >