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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...

Crossrail 2 requests funding from TfL board

Crossrail 2 requests funding from TfL board

24.06.15: The Crossrail 2 team has asked for an additional £14.1m for its current phase of planning. The agenda for the next meeting of the TfL board shows that it is to consider a request from Michèle Dix, managing director of Crossrail...

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...

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Record number of passenger journeys as UK rail revenue rises to four-year high

18/06/2019Record number of passenger journeys as UK rail revenue rises to four-year high

Record figures of rail passenger journeys have been recorded in England, Scotland and Wales, according to the most recent quarterly report by the... more >
Rail union Aslef launches 'On Track with Diversity' report at Houses of Parliament

18/06/2019Rail union Aslef launches 'On Track with Diversity' report at Houses of Parliament

Train drivers’ union Aslef launched its On Track with Diversity report at the Houses of Parliament on Monday, as it looks to increase ... more >
Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

13/06/2019Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of the cliffs under new plans... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... more >
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Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >
Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10/06/2019Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region o... more >
The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

10/06/2019The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

Richard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming... more >
A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

10/06/2019A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >