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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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ScotRail’s surge in train punctuality ‘no fluke’

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 New research shows a huge ‘surge’ in ScotRail trains arriving on time, the biggest year-on-year increase in punctuality since 2... more >
£10bn rail network enhancements announced for the next five years

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RAIB releases new safety recommendations following recent fatal accident

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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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Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

17/09/2019Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

Continuing our mission to connect buyers with suppliers, This year TransCityRail North is adding a new element to the event. We are introducing an incomparable opportunity for you to meet with over 11 procurement directors from Network Rail at our exclusive 'Network Rail Meet the Buyers Hub'.  Situated at the heart of the event ... 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 >