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Crossrail 2 preferred route announced

Crossrail 2 preferred route announced

28.10.14: Crossrail 2 moved a step closer to reality today as Boris Johnson announced the preferred route and claimed the Treasury is prepared to meet half of the £20bn projected cost. The line would run from Epsom in Surrey to Cheshunt in Hert...

Temporary station opens at Abbey Wood ahead of Crossrail work

Temporary station opens at Abbey Wood ahead of Crossrail work

28.10.14: A temporary station has opened at Abbey Wood to allow work for the new Crossrail station to get underway. The temporary station includes a staffed gate line, ticket machines and windows, a cash point and, for the first time, lifts to all pl...

Docklands and south-east London Crossrail tunnels complete

Docklands and south-east London Crossrail tunnels complete

20.10.14: Crossrail’s train tunnels in Docklands and south-east London are now structurally complete, following the breakthrough by tunnel boring machine Ellie at Victoria Dock Portal in east London. Ellie had one of Crossrail’s shortest...

NR launches 110m-long temporary bridge over GWML at Iver

NR launches 110m-long temporary bridge over GWML at Iver

03.10.14: A 110m-long temporary road bridge has been launched over the Great Western Main Line (GWML), as part of Crossrail electrification works.  The temporary structure, which weighs 350 tonnes, has been installed at Thorney Lane in Iver ahea...

Work starts on Crossrail’s final east London tunnel

Work starts on Crossrail’s final east London tunnel

12.09.14: The boring of Crossrail’s last tunnel in east London has started, with the work expected to be complete in the next three months.  The 1,000 tonne tunnel machine Ellie, named after four-time Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds OBE...

More than a railway

More than a railway

01.09.14: Crossrail took the ‘Excellence in the Public Sector’ crown at the Investors in People Awards. After the ceremony, RTM caught up with the project’s head of organisational effectiveness, Rob Jones. Crossrail’s achievemen...

Paddington station excavation work reaches Crossrail tunnels

Paddington station excavation work reaches Crossrail tunnels

22.08.14: The Costain Skanska Joint Venture (JV) has excavated down to the new Crossrail tunnels at Paddington station, breaking into the top of the tunnels 16m below ground level. The JV partners will now excavate the earth between the two tunnels c...

Revised design for Ealing Broadway station gets planning approval

Revised design for Ealing Broadway station gets planning approval

15.08.14: Ealing Council has given the green light to proposals to redevelop Ealing Broadway as part of Crossrail upgrades. After design proposals were initially rejected by the local authority at the end of last year, new plans were recently submitt...

Crossrail tunnelling works more than 80% complete

Crossrail tunnelling works more than 80% complete

11.08.14: The Crossrail tunnel from Limmo Peninsula to Victoria Dock has been completed by tunnel boring machine Jessica. The 1,000 tonne machine, named after Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE, completed its 900m journey in just nine weeks, tra...

Young people grab work opportunities on Crossrail

Young people grab work opportunities on Crossrail

08.08.14: Crossrail is “leading the way in developing a new generation of skilled workers”, according to transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin. On a visit to Farringdon station yesterday – at which he also announced the proposals t...

Crossrail services could be extended to Hertfordshire

Crossrail services could be extended to Hertfordshire

07.08.14: Plans to extend Crossrail services into Hertfordshire are being considered by the government, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has revealed. This morning he said that a feasibility study will look at how passengers from key commuter t...

Boris calls for Bakerloo extension and Crossrail 2 by 2050

Boris calls for Bakerloo extension and Crossrail 2 by 2050

01.08.14: Plans to develop further Crossrail routes and extend the Bakerloo Line have been put forward by Mayor of London Boris Johnson in an attempt to solve the capital’s future infrastructure challenges. There are also ambitious, if vague, s...

Connaught Tunnel refurbishment works complete

Connaught Tunnel refurbishment works complete

29.07.14: Crossrail has completed work to refurbish a disused tunnel in Docklands. The 550m-long Connaught Tunnel, under the Royal Docks next to ExCeL London, has not been in passenger use since December 2006, but has now been deepened, strengthened...

Crossrail a ‘textbook example of getting it right’ – MPs

Crossrail a ‘textbook example of getting it right’ – MPs

24.07.14: MPs have lauded the £15bn Crossrail project as a ‘textbook example’ of how to get things right on major, complex infrastructure projects – which can be difficult to deliver on time and to budget. A report from the Pu...

Crossrail completes tunnel segment production

Crossrail completes tunnel segment production

23.07.14: Crossrail has cast the last of its 250,000 concrete segments, used to line the tunnels of Europe’s largest infrastructure project. The final piece was manufactured at Crossrail’s specially built factory in Chatham, Kent, which h...

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

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Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

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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

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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 >