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Government to invest £2m in Crossrail 2 business case

Government to invest £2m in Crossrail 2 business case

09 December 2014The 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 business...

New Crossrail images released as project hits 60% milestone

New Crossrail images released as project hits 60% milestone

28 November 2014New 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 Crossrail&rs...

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 November 2014The 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 single-sp...

Step-free access for all Crossrail stations

Step-free access for all Crossrail stations

19 November 2014All 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 Iver st...

Crossrail 2 preferred route announced

Crossrail 2 preferred route announced

28 October 2014Crossrail 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 Hertfordsh...

Temporary station opens at Abbey Wood ahead of Crossrail work

Temporary station opens at Abbey Wood ahead of Crossrail work

28 October 2014A 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 platform...

Docklands and south-east London Crossrail tunnels complete

Docklands and south-east London Crossrail tunnels complete

20 October 2014Crossrail’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 but mo...

NR launches 110m-long temporary bridge over GWML at Iver

NR launches 110m-long temporary bridge over GWML at Iver

03 October 2014A 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 ahead of t...

Work starts on Crossrail’s final east London tunnel

Work starts on Crossrail’s final east London tunnel

12 September 2014The 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, has...

More than a railway

More than a railway

01 September 2014Crossrail 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 achievements a...

Paddington station excavation work reaches Crossrail tunnels

Paddington station excavation work reaches Crossrail tunnels

22 August 2014The 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 creatin...

Revised design for Ealing Broadway station gets planning approval

Revised design for Ealing Broadway station gets planning approval

15 August 2014Ealing 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 submitted and...

Crossrail tunnelling works more than 80% complete

Crossrail tunnelling works more than 80% complete

11 August 2014The 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, travellin...

Young people grab work opportunities on Crossrail

Young people grab work opportunities on Crossrail

08 August 2014Crossrail 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 to exte...

Crossrail services could be extended to Hertfordshire

Crossrail services could be extended to Hertfordshire

07 August 2014Plans 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 towns s...

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ORR publishes rail safety report

14/07/2020ORR publishes rail safety report

The rail regulator’s Annual Report of Health and Safety Performance on Britain’s Railways shows that despite safety across Britain&rs... more >
HS2 contractors begin work on Euston station site

14/07/2020HS2 contractors begin work on Euston station site

Work to construct the HS2 London station at Euston has taken a significant step forward this month (July). Contractors Mace Dragados joint v... more >
Rail workers help with Nightingale Hospital

14/07/2020Rail workers help with Nightingale Hospital

A DIY store in Exeter has been transformed into a new Nightingale Hospital thanks to the help of 60 Network Rail workers. The Nightingale Ho... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >