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Crossrail completes tunnelling work

Crossrail completes tunnelling work

04.06.15: Crossrail has completed the tunnelling works on the new £14.8bn east-west railway, with 26 miles of new train tunnels created under the capital.  The prime minister, David Cameron, and mayor of London, Boris Johnson, celebrated t...

Piecing it all together at custom house

Piecing it all together at custom house

01.05.15: Crossrail’s only Central Section surface station has had its superstructure made 130 miles away and delivered in pre-cast pieces for installation. That part of the build has just finished, explains project manager Mujahid Khalid. The...

Structure for new Crossrail station – built off-site in Derbyshire – completed

Structure for new Crossrail station – built off-site in Derbyshire – completed

25.03.15: The structure of the new Crossrail Custom House station in the Royal Docks has been completed. Large sections of the station were manufactured in a state of the art Laing O’Rourke facility in Steetley, near Sheffield and then transpor...

Crossrail 2 safeguarding agreed

Crossrail 2 safeguarding agreed

24.03.15: Crossrail 2 has taken a step forward as the safeguarding for the route has been agreed. The safeguarding was granted by the transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, and updated the previous safeguarding directions for the Chelsea to Hackney...

Tunnelling machine Victoria breaks into Liverpool Street

Tunnelling machine Victoria breaks into Liverpool Street

12.03.15: Tunnel machine Victoria has successfully broken into the eastern end of Liverpool Street Crossrail station this week, joining her sister machine Elizabeth, which arrived in January.  The breakthrough, on Tuesday 10 March at about 1pm...

Garrandale awarded contract to help deliver Crossrail trains

Garrandale awarded contract to help deliver Crossrail trains

06.03.15: Garrandale has been awarded a £15m contract by Bombardier to help deliver the Crossrail train contract. The deal will see Garrandale supply the front ends of the 65 Crossrail trains, as well as all the assembly and production line equ...

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...

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Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

18/12/2018Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

“Ineffective” safety arrangements and a number of unofficial working practices contributed to a group of track workers narrowly avoid... more >
Structural steelwork begins on Glasgow Queen Street transformation

18/12/2018Structural steelwork begins on Glasgow Queen Street transformation

The transformation of Glasgow Queen Street has been revealed as engineers have finished the installation of the west truss and have begun buildin... more >
Rival operators to run on same rail routes in bid to drive up competition

18/12/2018Rival operators to run on same rail routes in bid to drive up competition

Passengers will have the choice of choosing which train operators they travel with under new plans to allow rival TOCs to operate on the same rou... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >