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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...

TfL appoints consultants to develop Crossrail 2 plans

TfL appoints consultants to develop Crossrail 2 plans

10.02.15: Transport for London (TfL) has appointed four consulting groups to develop detailed plans for Crossrail 2, and help make the case for funding for the major infrastructure project.  The consultants chosen formed part of TfL’s Engi...

Crossrail breaks into Liverpool Street

Crossrail breaks into Liverpool Street

30.01.15: Elizabeth, one of the last two Crossrail tunnelling machines, has arrived in the City of London after breaking through in to Liverpool Street Crossrail station. The breakthrough, 40m beneath the City of London, is part of Crossrail’s...

TfL appoints consulting groups to develop Crossrail 2 plans

TfL appoints consulting groups to develop Crossrail 2 plans

15.01.15: Transport for London (TfL) has appointed four consulting groups to develop detailed plans for Crossrail 2. Crossrail 2 will link ‘key growth areas’ in south-west and north-east London, and will also serve some destinations in Su...

Contract awarded for £40m Bakerloo Line link

Contract awarded for £40m Bakerloo Line link

07.01.15: The contract to design and build the Paddington link tunnel has been awarded to Costain Skanska Joint Venture, London Underground has announced. The pedestrian tunnel will link the new Crossrail station and the Bakerloo Line platforms and t...

The world of rail, from Afghanistan  to Crossrail

The world of rail, from Afghanistan to Crossrail

01.01.15: A bright young engineer from Afghanistan has worked on Crossrail and is about to study for his Master’s in the USA, having received pointers on his career from the UK Rail Industry Training Trust, launched by RTM. Adam Hewitt reports. ...

‘We’re building two railways’

‘We’re building two railways’

01.01.15: Crossrail is being built physically, but also digitally. Ross Dentten, asset information and configuration manager for the project, has done groundbreaking and industry-leading work to ensure the supply chain is ready for a ‘single source...

Crossrail submits plans for new Hayes & Harlington station

Crossrail submits plans for new Hayes & Harlington station

22.12.14: Plans for a new station building at Hayes & Harlington have been submitted for approval to Hillingdon Council by Crossrail.  Designed by Bennetts Associates, the new building will be situated immediately to the north of the existin...

Crossrail’s surface works one-third complete

Crossrail’s surface works one-third complete

19.12.14: Work on Crossrail’s surface section in outer London, Berkshire and Essex is now one-third complete. The £2.3bn upgrade of the existing rail network for Crossrail is being undertaken by Network Rail. Highlights of the work to dat...

Government to invest £2m in Crossrail 2 business case

Government to invest £2m in Crossrail 2 business case

09.12.14: The government is to invest £2m over the next two years to support the development of a comprehensive business case for Crossrail 2, ahead of the next spending review.  Produced jointly by the DfT and Transport for London, the bu...

New Crossrail images released as project hits 60% milestone

New Crossrail images released as project hits 60% milestone

28.11.14: New images released today by Crossrail reveal the project’s progress as it hits the 60% complete mark. More than 23 miles (nearly 90%) of train tunnels are now complete, with tunnelling due to finish in spring next year. Six of Crossr...

First section of Crossrail track laid as mammoth projects hits new phase

First section of Crossrail track laid as mammoth projects hits new phase

24.11.14: The first section of track to be used by Crossrail trains has been laid on a new bridge in west London. The 120-metre long Stockley Flyover will be used by Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect services from next year and is the largest sin...

Step-free access for all Crossrail stations

Step-free access for all Crossrail stations

19.11.14: All of the stations on the Crossrail project will now benefit from step-free access after the government made £14m of investment available.  Announced by transport minister Baroness Kramer, the investment at Langley, Taplow and I...

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Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

15/08/2018Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

Swiss rolling stock provider Stadler has been announced as the preferred bidder for a Welsh deal that will provide 71 trains to the lines. T... more >
Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

15/08/2018Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

Train fares in the UK will rise 3.2% in January 2019, the government has confirmed – marginally below the expected 3.5%. This increase... more >
Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14/08/2018Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the environment, economy and... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... 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 >