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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...

Elizabeth Line celebrates key milestone as track installation work completed

Elizabeth Line celebrates key milestone as track installation work completed

14.09.17: A major landmark has been reached by Crossrail today as it announced that it had completed permanent track installation work on the Elizabeth Line. Transport secretary Chris Grayling joined deputy mayor for transport Val Shawcross, Crossrai...

New Elizabeth Line trains bugged by insect problem in early testing

New Elizabeth Line trains bugged by insect problem in early testing

18.08.17: The wind screen wipers on TfL’s new Class 345 rolling stock to run on the Elizabeth Line encountered some difficulties in early testing from a build-up of insects, RTM can exclusively reveal. Despite being tested in a state-of-the-art...

Crossrail reaches halfway point of Elizabeth Line escalator fit-out

Crossrail reaches halfway point of Elizabeth Line escalator fit-out

17.08.17: Over half of the escalators have now been installed at Elizabeth Line stations, Crossrail has this week revealed. New pictures have shown how the construction is progressing as the company reaches the halfway point of its programme installi...

TfL on new Elizabeth Line train delay: roll-out ‘all about confidence’

TfL on new Elizabeth Line train delay: roll-out ‘all about confidence’

14.08.17: The roll-out of TfL’s new Elizabeth Line trains were delayed earlier this year to ensure they would not experience any problems when they entered service in order to maintain the confidence of the public, staff and TOCs, RTM was told today...

Crossrail updates passengers on Elizabeth Line construction progress

Crossrail updates passengers on Elizabeth Line construction progress

10.08.17: Pictures released by Crossrail have shown strong progress being made on the construction process for the Elizabeth Line above ground. Services have now started running on the line from Shenfield in East London to Liverpool Street, but const...

Deal struck to bring Elizabeth Line services to Heathrow

Deal struck to bring Elizabeth Line services to Heathrow

05.07.17: Elizabeth Line services will now serve Heathrow Terminal 5 as part of a new plan between the airport, Transport for London (TfL) and Department for Transport (DfT). From 2019, at least 22 trains per hour, of which six will be on the Elizabe...

Crossrail unveils new pictures showing progress with tunnel fit-out work

Crossrail unveils new pictures showing progress with tunnel fit-out work

03.07.17: Crossrail has today released new images showing the progress being made on installing the overhead catenary system as part of the tunnel fit-out for the new service. Engineers are currently working around the clock to install the 2 x 25kV o...

Crossrail remains on budget, but cost pressures increasing

Crossrail remains on budget, but cost pressures increasing

30.06.17: The cost of constructing Crossrail is forecast to stay within its £14.8bn budget, but cost pressures are still increasing across the project, a statement released by the DfT has revealed. In its annual update of Crossrail, the departm...

First Elizabeth Line train enters service in east London and Essex

First Elizabeth Line train enters service in east London and Essex

23.06.17: Passengers in east-London and Essex were yesterday able to travel on the new state-of-the-art Elizabeth Line rolling stock for the first time. After extensive testing and preparation, and the launch of the trains being pushed back by TfL, t...

Launch of Crossrail trains pushed back by TfL

Launch of Crossrail trains pushed back by TfL

01.06.17: The introduction of the new Crossrail trains to run on Elizabeth Line services has been pushed back to this month, TfL has today confirmed. Trains were supposed to be rolled out on services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield by the end...

Metro mayors call on government to prioritise HS3 over Crossrail 2 plans

Metro mayors call on government to prioritise HS3 over Crossrail 2 plans

16.05.17: The two newly elected metro mayors of Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region have called on the government to prioritise rail investment in the north by committing to building the HS3 rail link, alternatively known as Northern Powerhouse R...

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Azuma trains arrive on Highland Chieftain route

10/12/2019Azuma trains arrive on Highland Chieftain route

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RMT puts forward settlement to end SWR strike

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Avanti takeover of the West Coast Main Line begins

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Long-distance train services on The West Coast Main Line will be officially taken over by Avanti West Coast today (Dec 9), marking the start of a... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >