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Crossrail 2 Growth Commission members unveiled

Crossrail 2 Growth Commission members unveiled

16.09.15: The Crossrail 2 Growth Commission has been unveiled today (16 September) by chairman Sir Merrick Cockell following its creation in July. Boris Johnson MP, the mayor of London, said at the time of its creation that the body would bring toget...

First Crossrail Aventra bodyshell completed at Bombardier plant

First Crossrail Aventra bodyshell completed at Bombardier plant

10.09.15: The production of Crossrail trains has reached “an important milestone” with the completion of the first Aventra bodyshell at Bombardier’s train manufacturing plant in Derby. The test carriage is being used to refine the d...

Contractors shortlisted for permanent Crossrail London depot

Contractors shortlisted for permanent Crossrail London depot

21.08.15: Four major contractors have been shortlisted for the £30m Crossrail train sidings depot at Plumstead, in south east London. Vinci, Balfour Beatty, Alstom Transport UK and VolkerFitzpatrick are all bidding to build the 24-hour permanen...

Concreting train arrives ready for Crossrail track work

Concreting train arrives ready for Crossrail track work

17.08.15: The ‘concreting train’ that will enable the fit-out of Crossrail’s standard track slab has arrived at the Plumstead railhead in south-east London. The 465-metre long train, refurbished and brought to the UK from France via...

GSM-R contract for Heathrow tunnels

GSM-R contract for Heathrow tunnels

05.08.15: GSM-R coverage is to be extended from the Great Western Main Line into the Heathrow tunnels, under a new Network Rail contract awarded to ADComms. The installation is a key enabler for Crossrail and of ETCS (European Train Control System) l...

Surface work begins on eastern section of Crossrail

Surface work begins on eastern section of Crossrail

30.07.15: Construction work has begun in three key areas of the surface section of the Crossrail Anglia route as part of the £150m spur project by Network Rail. Work in the 16.4-mile section from Stratford in east London to Shenfield in Essex w...

London mayor and businesses press for Crossrail 2 funds

London mayor and businesses press for Crossrail 2 funds

17.07.15: The mayor of London announced the creation of a Crossrail 2 Growth Commission in an effort to maximise the benefits of the proposed new railway and call for government support. This was just a few hours after the Times published an open let...

Crossrail spoil put to good use at RSPB reserve

Crossrail spoil put to good use at RSPB reserve

13.07.15: Construction work on the first phase of a major RSPB nature reserve that has used three million tonnes of excavated material from Crossrail was completed successfully this weekend. The Wallasea Island Wild Coast project, just north of South...

Crossrail 2 requests funding from TfL board

Crossrail 2 requests funding from TfL board

24.06.15: The Crossrail 2 team has asked for an additional £14.1m for its current phase of planning. The agenda for the next meeting of the TfL board shows that it is to consider a request from Michèle Dix, managing director of Crossrail...

Crossrail completes tunnelling work

Crossrail completes tunnelling work

04.06.15: Crossrail has completed the tunnelling works on the new £14.8bn east-west railway, with 26 miles of new train tunnels created under the capital.  The prime minister, David Cameron, and mayor of London, Boris Johnson, celebrated t...

Piecing it all together at custom house

Piecing it all together at custom house

01.05.15: Crossrail’s only Central Section surface station has had its superstructure made 130 miles away and delivered in pre-cast pieces for installation. That part of the build has just finished, explains project manager Mujahid Khalid. The...

Structure for new Crossrail station – built off-site in Derbyshire – completed

Structure for new Crossrail station – built off-site in Derbyshire – completed

25.03.15: The structure of the new Crossrail Custom House station in the Royal Docks has been completed. Large sections of the station were manufactured in a state of the art Laing O’Rourke facility in Steetley, near Sheffield and then transpor...

Crossrail 2 safeguarding agreed

Crossrail 2 safeguarding agreed

24.03.15: Crossrail 2 has taken a step forward as the safeguarding for the route has been agreed. The safeguarding was granted by the transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, and updated the previous safeguarding directions for the Chelsea to Hackney...

Tunnelling machine Victoria breaks into Liverpool Street

Tunnelling machine Victoria breaks into Liverpool Street

12.03.15: Tunnel machine Victoria has successfully broken into the eastern end of Liverpool Street Crossrail station this week, joining her sister machine Elizabeth, which arrived in January.  The breakthrough, on Tuesday 10 March at about 1pm...

Garrandale awarded contract to help deliver Crossrail trains

Garrandale awarded contract to help deliver Crossrail trains

06.03.15: Garrandale has been awarded a £15m contract by Bombardier to help deliver the Crossrail train contract. The deal will see Garrandale supply the front ends of the 65 Crossrail trains, as well as all the assembly and production line equ...

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TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

21/06/2018TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

Brand new state-of-the-art London Overground electric trains have been unveiled to the public, hosting Wi-Fi and USB charging capabilities a... more >
Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

20/06/2018Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

Rail companies have come together to launch a long-term plan for the railway in south east London and Kent. The region’s rail companies, s... more >
Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

20/06/2018Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

Department for Transport officials and ministers were warned about Northern Rail chaos two years ago, but saw some key routes as “not reall... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... 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 >