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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...

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...

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Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

22/10/2018Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

The Thameslink programme at Network Rail’s latest project pledges to drive innovation and make commuters’ lives easier with cutting-e... more >
FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

19/10/2018FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported failure to tell the London S... more >
Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

19/10/2018Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has received an £80m rescue package led by the Netherlands, leading to reports of urgent talks between the UK and Dutch gove... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >