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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...

‘Smart tunnel’ sensors monitor London’s ageing rail infrastructure

‘Smart tunnel’ sensors monitor London’s ageing rail infrastructure

01.07.14: Mehdi Alhaddad, asset protection engineer at Crossrail and a PhD student at the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction, talks about the use of innovative sensors in monitoring London’s ageing rail infrastructure. Uni...

Temporary works design at Crossrail's first-opened station

Temporary works design at Crossrail's first-opened station

01.07.14: Martin Reader, sector director of engineering services at Morgan Sindall Professional Services, describes the complex temporary works design that facilitated the completion of East London’s newly opened Pudding Mill Lane DLR station. Pu...

Bond Street upgrade works pass another milestone

Bond Street upgrade works pass another milestone

30.06.14: Jubilee line trains are no longer stopping at Bond Street Underground station because of improvement works. But Central line services resumed calling at the station from 18 June. The transformations include a new ticket hall, new escal...

Structural stage of Canary Wharf Crossrail station complete

Structural stage of Canary Wharf Crossrail station complete

19.06.14: The striking timber lattice roof above Canary Wharf Crossrail station has been completed on time, and marks the final stage of construction at the site. Canary Wharf Group plc began work on the new station in May 2009, and now the last of 5...

Crossrail tunnelling four-fifths complete

Crossrail tunnelling four-fifths complete

04.06.14: Crossrail’s shortest tunnelling drive began yesterday, running from Limmo Peninsula at Canning Town station towards Victoria Dock Portal in east London. The veteran tunnel boring machine (TBM) named Jessica is creating the 900m tunnel...

Crossrail reveals new Ealing Broadway station designs

Crossrail reveals new Ealing Broadway station designs

03.06.14: Crossrail has unveiled its redesigned improvement proposals for Ealing Broadway station, including a new entrance twice the size of the existing one.  Since submitting proposals at the end of last year that were rejected by Ealing Coun...

Stockley flyover launched for Crossrail

Stockley flyover launched for Crossrail

27.05.14: A new rail bridge has been launched over the Great Western Main Line as part of works to ensure that the existing railway is ready for Crossrail trains to and from Heathrow. The new flyover in Stockley, Hillingdon, will allow Crossrail and...

Crossrail shortlisted for ‘Excellence in the Public Sector’ award

Crossrail shortlisted for ‘Excellence in the Public Sector’ award

15.05.14: Investors in People has announced the shortlist for its inaugural awards, including the final four candidates for the Excellence in the Public Sector category. That award is to be presented on the night by Roy Rowlands, business development...

Collaborative Crossrail

Collaborative Crossrail

01.05.14: Andrew Wolstenholme OBE, chief executive of Crossrail, discusses the latest developments on the largest construction project in Europe and gives his opinion on the benefits of collaborative working. Construction of Crossrail has reached the h...

Work on new Pudding Mill Lane station nears completion

Work on new Pudding Mill Lane station nears completion

16.04.14: Work to deliver a “bigger” and “better” new Docklands Light Railway (DLR) Pudding Mill Lane station and connect it up to the wider network is nearing completion, TfL has confirmed. The works, which will help to incre...

Crossrail extended to Reading

Crossrail extended to Reading

27.03.14: After years of debate, the Crossrail route is to be extended to Reading following recommendations by the Department for Transport (DfT) and Transport for London (TfL).  The extension will see the east-west rail line serve two additiona...

Gleeds wins second Crossrail contract

Gleeds wins second Crossrail contract

25.03.14: International management and construction consultancy Gleeds has been appointed on its second Crossrail contract since Europe’s largest construction project began in May 2009. The company has been commissioned by Bombardier to project...

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Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

16/08/2018Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

Spelthorne Borough Council has submitted proposals for a light rail link from Staines-upon-Thames to Heathrow airport to provide “joined-up... more >
Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

16/08/2018Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

Network Rail has been given permission to build a new bridleway bridge across the Felixstowe branch which will provide a safe public route across... more >
Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

16/08/2018Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

Passengers travelling between Leeds and Doncaster, Sheffield, and London were advised to check before they set off this morning after a tractor d... 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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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

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

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 >