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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...

Lord Adonis welcomes green light for HS3 and Crossrail 2 in Budget

Lord Adonis welcomes green light for HS3 and Crossrail 2 in Budget

17.03.16: Lord Adonis today welcomed confirmation that HS3 and Crossrail 2 are to go ahead in yesterday’s Budget. Lord Adonis, chair of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), recently produced reports recommending that plans for the firs...

Crossrail 2 must be developed ‘as a priority’ and delivered by 2033 – NIC

Crossrail 2 must be developed ‘as a priority’ and delivered by 2033 – NIC

10.03.16: Crossrail 2 must be taken forward as a priority to meet the demands of London’s growth, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) said in a new report published today. The report says that London will be a ‘megacity’ of...

Business funding needed for Crossrail 2 to succeed, says Hendy

Business funding needed for Crossrail 2 to succeed, says Hendy

03.03.16: Funding will be needed from business as well as the government if railway projects such as Crossrail 2 are to succeed, the chair of Network Rail has said. Sir Peter Hendy told the London Assembly Transport Committee recently that there was...

Crossrail to share lessons learned with infrastructure industry

Crossrail to share lessons learned with infrastructure industry

29.02.16: Crossrail have launched a new website to share lessons learned from the project with the wider UK infrastructure industry. The Crossrail Learning Legacy project will share material such as technical papers, peer-reviewed case studies and pr...

Crossrail to be named Elizabeth Line in honour of Queen

Crossrail to be named Elizabeth Line in honour of Queen

23.02.16: Crossrail will be named the Elizabeth Line in honour of the Queen, Boris Johnson announced today. The London mayor made the announcement as the Queen visited the under-construction Crossrail station at Bond Street. The central section...

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...

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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

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New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

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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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

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Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >