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Crossrail awards last major contract to Alstom JV

Crossrail awards last major contract to Alstom JV

22.08.16: The last contract to build London’s new Crossrail network has been awarded to Alstom, TSO and Costain, it was announced today. The three companies form a joint venture which will receive a £26m contract to build a maintenance fa...

Upgrades on track at Paddington

Upgrades on track at Paddington

01.08.16: Work to upgrade Paddington station to prepare for Crossrail and the electrification of the Great Western Main Line is on track, Network Rail and Transport for London have said. Bakerloo Line services to Paddington will start again after wor...

‘Massive engineering challenge’ at Acton underpass complete

‘Massive engineering challenge’ at Acton underpass complete

25.07.16: A new dive-under to allow passenger services to pass under freight trains at Acton, being built by Network Rail as part of Crossrail and hailed as a “massive engineering challenge”, has been successfully completed. Work on the u...

‘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...

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Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

13/06/2019Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of the cliffs under new plans... more >
TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

12/06/2019TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

TfL has awarded a contract for 43 new trains to replace the oldest rolling stock on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), with the first scheduled t... more >
Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... more >
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Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >
Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10/06/2019Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region o... more >
The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

10/06/2019The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

Richard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming... more >
A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

10/06/2019A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >