Archive for category: Rail Projects

Ordsall Chord bridge lifted in

The largest crane in the UK was used to hoist a 600-tonne bridge into place on the Ordsall Chord today. The scheme will link all three of Manchester’s main railway stations – Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria – for the first time. Ordsall Chord forms part of the Great North Rail project, which aims to […]
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Cityringen tunnelling complete

Four years since starting work, the four tunnel boring machines excavating Copenhagen’s Cityringen railway have completed their journey. Nora, Tria, Minerva and Eva have now finished the 15.5km twin-bore tunnels for the new line, keeping it on course to open in 2019. Cityringen, which translated into English means City Circle, is a new orbital rail […]
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Regional resilience for West Midlands

In anticipation of congestion caused by future major construction projects, the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has approved its Regional Resilience Plan. Major rail projects don’t only affect train passengers, they can also cause disturbance to surrounding roads, interfering with traffic flows. Road construction, sewer works and telecommunication improvements can all have the same effect. […]
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Caltrain electrification in limbo as decision on government grant is deferred

The US Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has deferred a decision on whether to award a $647 million grant to fund the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP) in California. Caltrain announced on February 17 that the decision would not be made until after the new administration’s 2018 budget had been outlined. Caltrain said the delay would “jeopardise” the […]
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Northern line extension TBMs lowered into position

The two tunnel boring machines that will excavate the twin-bore tunnels for London Underground’s Northern line extension have been lowered into the ground. When tunnelling work begins next month, the two TBMs will begin a 3.2km journey from Battersea Power Station to Kennington, via Nine Elms. The new link will extend the Charing Cross branch […]
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Preferred contractor named for Wolverhampton station rebuild

Galliford Try has been announced as the preferred contractor for a £132 million project to build a new station in Wolverhampton’s city centre. The existing station will be demolished and rebuilt under plans approved in November last year. The new modern station will include a link to the Midland Metro tram network, for which enabling […]
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HS2 Phase 2b design consultants appointed

HS2 has awarded the engineering and environmental design contracts for Phase 2b of the project. CH2M, Arup, an AECOM/Capita/INECO joint venture and a Mott MacDonald/WSP joint venture have all been awarded contracts to support the design phase. CH2M has been named as the Phase 2b Development Partner. Phase 2b will extend the line from Crewe […]
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Christmas down the drain

OK, so what would be your idea of an ideal Christmas? In the warm? In the dry? With friends and/or family around you? (The slight qualification is needed as you can choose your friends. You can’t choose your family.) Perhaps a comforting drink or two and the sure knowledge that all the celebrations will be […]
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98 hours at New Cross

New Cross lies on a route of critical importance, on the line between Kent and London Bridge, very close to the throat of the latter. It is one of the most heavily used commuter routes in the UK, and very sensitive politically. With London rail issues already in the news before Christmas, Network Rail could […]
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Proposed route of Bakerloo line extension released

Transport for London (TfL) has published a map showing the proposed route of its Bakerloo line extension. A public consultation has begun into the project, which would extend the line south east from Elephant & Castle to Lewisham. The extension would include four new stations: two along Old Kent Road, one at New Cross Gate […]
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And now Crossrail 2

Now that Crossrail is 75 per cent complete (issue 146, December 2016), thoughts are turning to what comes next. Crossrail 2 is more than just a possibility. Transport for London has appointed Michèle Dix as managing director for the project, reporting directly to TfL Commissioner Mike Brown. Based at 55 Broadway, the iconic former London […]
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