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Boris calls for Bakerloo extension and Crossrail 2 by 2050

Boris calls for Bakerloo extension and Crossrail 2 by 2050

01 August 2014Plans 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, suggest...

Connaught Tunnel refurbishment works complete

Connaught Tunnel refurbishment works complete

29 July 2014Crossrail 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 and wi...

Crossrail a ‘textbook example of getting it right’ – MPs

Crossrail a ‘textbook example of getting it right’ – MPs

24 July 2014MPs 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 Public A...

Crossrail completes tunnel segment production

Crossrail completes tunnel segment production

23 July 2014Crossrail 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 has pro...

MTR Corporation wins £1.4bn contract to run Crossrail services

MTR Corporation wins £1.4bn contract to run Crossrail services

18 July 2014MTR 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 years with...

Design company appointed for Crossrail trains development

Design company appointed for Crossrail trains development

14 July 2014Design 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 interior and...

Construction of new Crossrail stations hits halfway point

Construction of new Crossrail stations hits halfway point

10 July 2014Construction 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 built...

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

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

01 July 2014Mehdi 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. Univers...

Temporary works design at Crossrail's first-opened station

Temporary works design at Crossrail's first-opened station

01 July 2014Martin 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. Puddin...

Bond Street upgrade works pass another milestone

Bond Street upgrade works pass another milestone

30 June 2014Jubilee 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 escalators and...

Structural stage of Canary Wharf Crossrail station complete

Structural stage of Canary Wharf Crossrail station complete

19 June 2014The 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 56 alum...

Crossrail tunnelling four-fifths complete

Crossrail tunnelling four-fifths complete

04 June 2014Crossrail’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, whic...

Crossrail reveals new Ealing Broadway station designs

Crossrail reveals new Ealing Broadway station designs

03 June 2014Crossrail 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 Council, C...

Stockley flyover launched for Crossrail

Stockley flyover launched for Crossrail

27 May 2014A 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 Heathr...

Crossrail shortlisted for ‘Excellence in the Public Sector’ award

Crossrail shortlisted for ‘Excellence in the Public Sector’ award

15 May 2014Investors 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 direc...

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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 >