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£4.74m advanced funds requested to maintain Crossrail 2 momentum

£4.74m advanced funds requested to maintain Crossrail 2 momentum

25 November 2015TfL’s Finance and Policy Committee is being asked to recommend the Board brings forward £4.74m from 2016-17 to allow the Crossrail 2 project programme “to be maintained” and ensure momentum isn’t lost. In a board pap...

Crossrail unveils first images of Bombardier’s Aventra train design

Crossrail unveils first images of Bombardier’s Aventra train design

20 November 2015Crossrail has unveiled the Aventra design of its 66 trains currently being built at Bombardier’s Derby manufacturing plant. They are being built using strong but lightweight materials, including a bodyshell of aluminium – a test carri...

Next phase of Crossrail works begin at Farringdon

Next phase of Crossrail works begin at Farringdon

30 October 2015Works to redevelop Farringdon station to provide a direct connection to Crossrail services are set to begin tomorrow (31 October) and will last for three years. The works, which will provide a direct connection to Crossrail services, will include...

£100bn Adonis commission to help shape Crossrail 2 and HS3

£100bn Adonis commission to help shape Crossrail 2 and HS3

30 October 2015Chancellor George Osborne’s latest infrastructure drive, spearheaded by non-executive HS2 board member Lord Adonis, is set to be launched today (30 October) matched with a £100bn funding commitment from the government. The National In...

Crossrail 2 seeks views on route, design and train frequency

Crossrail 2 seeks views on route, design and train frequency

28 October 2015Transport for London (TfL) and Network Rail have kick-started public consultation on the route, locations of station entrances, ventilation shafts and train frequencies of Crossrail 2 today (28 October). The consultation is a necessary hurdle to...

Women into Construction move into Crossrail HQ to mend contracting skills gap

Women into Construction move into Crossrail HQ to mend contracting skills gap

23 October 2015Crossrail has re-located the independent organisation Women into Construction to its headquarters in Canary Wharf in an effort to recruit more women into the industry. Rail minister Claire Perry MP met with the group at Crossrail’s Farringd...

Bond Street station tunnellers break through to meet Crossrail

Bond Street station tunnellers break through to meet Crossrail

02 October 2015London Underground (LU) engineers excavated the final passageway linking the expanded Bond Street station to the new Crossrail station yesterday (1 October), bringing the Tube station’s two-year tunnelling project to an end. The breakthroug...

Crossrail dips below its budget as progress slows down

Crossrail dips below its budget as progress slows down

24 September 2015Work 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 report cov...

Construction of first Crossrail station building complete

Construction of first Crossrail station building complete

18 September 2015The 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, overhead lin...

Amey awarded £3m TPWS Crossrail contract

Amey awarded £3m TPWS Crossrail contract

17 September 2015Network 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 team tha...

Crossrail 2 Growth Commission members unveiled

Crossrail 2 Growth Commission members unveiled

16 September 2015The 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 together Lo...

First Crossrail Aventra bodyshell completed at Bombardier plant

First Crossrail Aventra bodyshell completed at Bombardier plant

10 September 2015The 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 design...

Contractors shortlisted for permanent Crossrail London depot

Contractors shortlisted for permanent Crossrail London depot

21 August 2015Four 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 permanent faci...

Concreting train arrives ready for Crossrail track work

Concreting train arrives ready for Crossrail track work

17 August 2015The ‘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 the C...

GSM-R contract for Heathrow tunnels

GSM-R contract for Heathrow tunnels

05 August 2015  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)...

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Wales’ Transport Minister criticises funding for Welsh railways

25/09/2020Wales’ Transport Minister criticises funding for Welsh railways

Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales Ken Skates has written to Grant Shapps MP, the Secretary of State for Transport, highlighting his... more >
Further work on £1.2bn East Coast Upgrade in October

25/09/2020Further work on £1.2bn East Coast Upgrade in October

No trains in or out of London King’s Cross, or on Thameslink services to or from St Pancras International via Finsbury Park, on Saturday 17... more >
£1.8m improvement work this weekend near Manchester Piccadilly

24/09/2020£1.8m improvement work this weekend near Manchester Piccadilly

Passengers are being asked by Network Rail to check before they travel this weekend during essential railway improvement work on a busy route int... 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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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. ... 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 >