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‘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...

Lord Adonis welcomes green light for HS3 and Crossrail 2 in Budget

Lord Adonis welcomes green light for HS3 and Crossrail 2 in Budget

17.03.16: Lord Adonis today welcomed confirmation that HS3 and Crossrail 2 are to go ahead in yesterday’s Budget. Lord Adonis, chair of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), recently produced reports recommending that plans for the firs...

Crossrail 2 must be developed ‘as a priority’ and delivered by 2033 – NIC

Crossrail 2 must be developed ‘as a priority’ and delivered by 2033 – NIC

10.03.16: Crossrail 2 must be taken forward as a priority to meet the demands of London’s growth, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) said in a new report published today. The report says that London will be a ‘megacity’ of...

Business funding needed for Crossrail 2 to succeed, says Hendy

Business funding needed for Crossrail 2 to succeed, says Hendy

03.03.16: Funding will be needed from business as well as the government if railway projects such as Crossrail 2 are to succeed, the chair of Network Rail has said. Sir Peter Hendy told the London Assembly Transport Committee recently that there was...

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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

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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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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 >
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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

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RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >