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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...

MTR Corporation wins £1.4bn contract to run Crossrail services

MTR Corporation wins £1.4bn contract to run Crossrail services

18.07.14: MTR Corporation has been awarded a £1.4bn contract by Transport for London (TfL) to operate Crossrail services. The company, which together with Arriva already runs London's Overground metro service, signed the contract for eight year...

Design company appointed for Crossrail trains development

Design company appointed for Crossrail trains development

14.07.14: Design studio Barber & Osgerby has been appointed as Transport for London’s (TfL) design partner for the fleet of Crossrail trains, which come into service from 2017. The London-based company won the contract to work on the interi...

Construction of new Crossrail stations hits halfway point

Construction of new Crossrail stations hits halfway point

10.07.14: Construction of Crossrail’s new stations in central London and Docklands have now hit the halfway mark, with almost three miles of platform and station tunnels created underneath the streets of the capital. The new stations are being...

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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 >
Grayling agrees ‘hybrid approach’ for December timetable shake-up to avoid more chaos

19/10/2018Grayling agrees ‘hybrid approach’ for December timetable shake-up to avoid more chaos

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has agreed to proceed with a proposed ‘hybrid option’ for timetable changes this December, the Rai... 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 >