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Crossrail driver simulator installed at Ilford as fleet testing progresses

Crossrail driver simulator installed at Ilford as fleet testing progresses

02.11.16: Crossrail has taken another step forward as testing and driver testing for its new fleet of Bombardier-built Aventra trains begins. The latest report from Transport for London commissioner Mike Brown says that the first test train for the C...

Proposals submitted for Crossrail upgrade of Ilford station

Proposals submitted for Crossrail upgrade of Ilford station

18.10.16: Ilford station will get a new building in the latest stage of improvements as part of the Crossrail project. The Network Rail proposals, now submitted to Redbridge Borough Council, include a new, spacious station building with a glass fa&cc...

Khan rides Elizabeth Line route to mark Crossrail reaching 75% complete

Khan rides Elizabeth Line route to mark Crossrail reaching 75% complete

05.09.16: The mayor of London made the first station-to-station journey on the new Elizabeth line last week, as the project reached 75% completion. Sadiq Khan rode a construction train from the new station at Custom House to Canary Wharf. Half of the...

Crossrail:  Setting the bar high for commuter travel

Crossrail: Setting the bar high for commuter travel

05.09.16: During a site visit to Bombardier’s testing facility to see the Crossrail train first-hand, RTM caught up with Mark Wild, London Underground’s managing director, to find out more about the project’s development. Luana Salles re...

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...

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Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

17/10/2019Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

The Financial Times has selected two Network Rail leaders to appear on the most influential females in engineering list. Just 16.4% of the r... more >
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

16/10/2019£10bn rail network enhancements announced for the next five years

The Department for Transport (DfT) has today (Oct 16) released its five-year Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP) outlining plans that span ... 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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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 >