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£100bn Adonis commission to help shape Crossrail 2 and HS3

£100bn Adonis commission to help shape Crossrail 2 and HS3

30.10.15: Chancellor George Osborne’s latest infrastructure drive, spearheaded by non-executive HS2 board member Lord Adonis, is set to be launched today (30 October) matched with a £100bn funding commitment from the government. The Natio...

Crossrail 2 seeks views on route, design and train frequency

Crossrail 2 seeks views on route, design and train frequency

28.10.15: Transport for London (TfL) and Network Rail have kick-started public consultation on the route, locations of station entrances, ventilation shafts and train frequencies of Crossrail 2 today (28 October). The consultation is a necessary hurd...

Women into Construction move into Crossrail HQ to mend contracting skills gap

Women into Construction move into Crossrail HQ to mend contracting skills gap

23.10.15: Crossrail has re-located the independent organisation Women into Construction to its headquarters in Canary Wharf in an effort to recruit more women into the industry. Rail minister Claire Perry MP met with the group at Crossrail’s Fa...

Bond Street station tunnellers break through to meet Crossrail

Bond Street station tunnellers break through to meet Crossrail

02.10.15: London Underground (LU) engineers excavated the final passageway linking the expanded Bond Street station to the new Crossrail station yesterday (1 October), bringing the Tube station’s two-year tunnelling project to an end. The break...

Crossrail dips below its budget as progress slows down

Crossrail dips below its budget as progress slows down

24.09.15: Work on Crossrail is progressing slower than expected, TfL board papers show, meaning that expenditure so far this year is £42m below budget. The information is disclosed in an operational and financial performance and investment repo...

Construction of first Crossrail station building complete

Construction of first Crossrail station building complete

18.09.15: The construction of Canary Wharf station, the first of 10 new Crossrail stations, was completed yesterday (17 September). Fit-out of the railway systems at the station – communications equipment, tunnel ventilation, signalling, overhe...

Amey awarded £3m TPWS Crossrail contract

Amey awarded £3m TPWS Crossrail contract

17.09.15: Network Rail has awarded Amey a £3m contract to provide  Train Protection and Warning Systems (TPWS) design and installation services for the Crossrail project.  Over the course of the 18-month contract, Amey, part of the te...

Crossrail 2 Growth Commission members unveiled

Crossrail 2 Growth Commission members unveiled

16.09.15: The Crossrail 2 Growth Commission has been unveiled today (16 September) by chairman Sir Merrick Cockell following its creation in July. Boris Johnson MP, the mayor of London, said at the time of its creation that the body would bring toget...

First Crossrail Aventra bodyshell completed at Bombardier plant

First Crossrail Aventra bodyshell completed at Bombardier plant

10.09.15: The production of Crossrail trains has reached “an important milestone” with the completion of the first Aventra bodyshell at Bombardier’s train manufacturing plant in Derby. The test carriage is being used to refine the d...

Contractors shortlisted for permanent Crossrail London depot

Contractors shortlisted for permanent Crossrail London depot

21.08.15: Four major contractors have been shortlisted for the £30m Crossrail train sidings depot at Plumstead, in south east London. Vinci, Balfour Beatty, Alstom Transport UK and VolkerFitzpatrick are all bidding to build the 24-hour permanen...

Concreting train arrives ready for Crossrail track work

Concreting train arrives ready for Crossrail track work

17.08.15: The ‘concreting train’ that will enable the fit-out of Crossrail’s standard track slab has arrived at the Plumstead railhead in south-east London. The 465-metre long train, refurbished and brought to the UK from France via...

GSM-R contract for Heathrow tunnels

GSM-R contract for Heathrow tunnels

05.08.15: GSM-R coverage is to be extended from the Great Western Main Line into the Heathrow tunnels, under a new Network Rail contract awarded to ADComms. The installation is a key enabler for Crossrail and of ETCS (European Train Control System) l...

Surface work begins on eastern section of Crossrail

Surface work begins on eastern section of Crossrail

30.07.15: Construction work has begun in three key areas of the surface section of the Crossrail Anglia route as part of the £150m spur project by Network Rail. Work in the 16.4-mile section from Stratford in east London to Shenfield in Essex w...

London mayor and businesses press for Crossrail 2 funds

London mayor and businesses press for Crossrail 2 funds

17.07.15: The mayor of London announced the creation of a Crossrail 2 Growth Commission in an effort to maximise the benefits of the proposed new railway and call for government support. This was just a few hours after the Times published an open let...

Crossrail spoil put to good use at RSPB reserve

Crossrail spoil put to good use at RSPB reserve

13.07.15: Construction work on the first phase of a major RSPB nature reserve that has used three million tonnes of excavated material from Crossrail was completed successfully this weekend. The Wallasea Island Wild Coast project, just north of South...

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

22/02/2019Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transport masterplan outlined by ... more >
Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

22/02/2019Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

Eurostar queues of up to 15,000 passengers could mount up at London’s St Pancras International station in the event of a no-deal Brexit, ac... more >
New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

21/02/2019New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

A new head of safety and environment has been announced by Hull Trains, with Mark Shepherd due to replace Phil Green in the role. Bringing m... 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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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

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

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 >