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New platform opens at Abbey Wood in preparation for Crossrail

New platform opens at Abbey Wood in preparation for Crossrail

23.02.16: A new platform opened at Abbey Wood station yesterday as part of preparations for Crossrail’s 2018 opening. The platform, for Southeastern services to London, is wider than the old platform with better lighting, increased canopy cover...

Further Crossrail works planned at Whitechapel

Further Crossrail works planned at Whitechapel

12.01.16: Transformation works to ensure Whitechapel station is accessible ahead of 2018 Crossrail services have kicked off this week. Though Crossrail works have been ongoing in the station since 2010, Transport for London (TfL) said it will now make th...

Crossrail tunnel fit-out on track

Crossrail tunnel fit-out on track

21.12.15: Gregg Purcell, Crossrail’s railway systems construction manager, discusses the early learning from the complex task of fitting out the new £14.8bn railway’s tunnels. Back in June 2015 the Crossrail team reached a major mil...

£4.74m advanced funds requested to maintain Crossrail 2 momentum

£4.74m advanced funds requested to maintain Crossrail 2 momentum

25.11.15: TfL’s Finance and Policy Committee is being asked to recommend the Board brings forward £4.74m from 2016-17 to allow the Crossrail 2 project programme “to be maintained” and ensure momentum isn’t lost. In a boa...

Crossrail unveils first images of Bombardier’s Aventra train design

Crossrail unveils first images of Bombardier’s Aventra train design

20.11.15: Crossrail has unveiled the Aventra design of its 66 trains currently being built at Bombardier’s Derby manufacturing plant. They are being built using strong but lightweight materials, including a bodyshell of aluminium – a test...

Next phase of Crossrail works begin at Farringdon

Next phase of Crossrail works begin at Farringdon

30.10.15: Works to redevelop Farringdon station to provide a direct connection to Crossrail services are set to begin tomorrow (31 October) and will last for three years. The works, which will provide a direct connection to Crossrail services, will i...

£100bn Adonis commission to help shape Crossrail 2 and HS3

£100bn Adonis commission to help shape Crossrail 2 and HS3

30.10.15: Chancellor George Osborne’s latest infrastructure drive, spearheaded by non-executive HS2 board member Lord Adonis, is set to be launched today (30 October) matched with a £100bn funding commitment from the government. The Natio...

Crossrail 2 seeks views on route, design and train frequency

Crossrail 2 seeks views on route, design and train frequency

28.10.15: Transport for London (TfL) and Network Rail have kick-started public consultation on the route, locations of station entrances, ventilation shafts and train frequencies of Crossrail 2 today (28 October). The consultation is a necessary hurd...

Women into Construction move into Crossrail HQ to mend contracting skills gap

Women into Construction move into Crossrail HQ to mend contracting skills gap

23.10.15: Crossrail has re-located the independent organisation Women into Construction to its headquarters in Canary Wharf in an effort to recruit more women into the industry. Rail minister Claire Perry MP met with the group at Crossrail’s Fa...

Bond Street station tunnellers break through to meet Crossrail

Bond Street station tunnellers break through to meet Crossrail

02.10.15: London Underground (LU) engineers excavated the final passageway linking the expanded Bond Street station to the new Crossrail station yesterday (1 October), bringing the Tube station’s two-year tunnelling project to an end. The break...

Crossrail dips below its budget as progress slows down

Crossrail dips below its budget as progress slows down

24.09.15: Work on Crossrail is progressing slower than expected, TfL board papers show, meaning that expenditure so far this year is £42m below budget. The information is disclosed in an operational and financial performance and investment repo...

Construction of first Crossrail station building complete

Construction of first Crossrail station building complete

18.09.15: The construction of Canary Wharf station, the first of 10 new Crossrail stations, was completed yesterday (17 September). Fit-out of the railway systems at the station – communications equipment, tunnel ventilation, signalling, overhe...

Amey awarded £3m TPWS Crossrail contract

Amey awarded £3m TPWS Crossrail contract

17.09.15: Network Rail has awarded Amey a £3m contract to provide  Train Protection and Warning Systems (TPWS) design and installation services for the Crossrail project.  Over the course of the 18-month contract, Amey, part of the te...

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...

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Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

12/10/2018Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

Rail commuters could continue to face disruption until major changes are made to the rail franchising system in 2020, following the transport sec... more >
£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

12/10/2018£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

Work to upgrade the route between Doncaster and northern Lincolnshire has begun as Network Rail invests more than £15m in rail freight in t... more >
How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

12/10/2018How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

The managing director for Crossrail 2 has outlined the plans for cutting costs for Crossrail 2, stating that TfL “need to make it more affo... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

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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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

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 >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

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