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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 […]

Casablanca orders new trams for extended network

Casa Transport has called on Alstom to supply 50 more Citadis trams to operate services on an extension to its light rail network. Due to open in late 2018, the 22-kilometre extension will capitalise on...

Catenary-free trams for Nice

Alstom is to supply catenary-free trams for a new east-west line of the Nice Côte d’Azur tramway. This initial €91 million order for 19 units includes an option for up to 18 more trams and the...

Stockholm’s solution to its ‘Wasp’s Waist’

The Stockholm Citybanan (City Line) is a new commuter railway tunnel currently under construction beneath central Stockholm, which will be used for the Swedish capital’s commuter rail service. Writes Collin Carr The line will be six kilometres long, double track and electrified, and will run between Tomteboda and Stockholm South (Stockholms södra) station. Also included in […]

Crossrail – Success defined

Crossrail’s operations director, Howard Smith, talks to Marc Johnson about where the project is going in 2014. Crossrail is a project in transition. As 2014 moves further forward, there will be fewer and fewer photographs of tunnel boring machines (TBMs) breaking into station boxes and ministers surveying completed tunnels. By the end of the year tunnelling will […]

Signalling the positive

This, to the surprise of many, was issued on New Year’s Eve: “London Underground (LU) and Bombardier Transportation today announced that the signalling contract for the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines (Sub Surface lines) will be re-let by LU following discussions between the two companies…” Writes Grahame Taylor We live in an […]

São Paulo signs Line 6 construction contract

São Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckmin has signed a BRL $9.6 billion contract for the construction and operation of the city's new Line 6 - Orange Line. The Move São Paulo consortium, which consists of Odebrecht, Queiroz...

Copenhagen – challenges for a modern metro

Cities that invested in the construction of a new metro system in recent years encountered both advantages and drawbacks compared to cities that built systems a hundred or so years ago. Metro systems of old still needed to dig tunnels in city centres but the disruption to everyday life did not have the constraints put [...]

Ministers tour Crossrail’s first completed tunnel

A political delegation including Danny Alexander and Lord Deighton has toured Crossrail's first completed rail tunnel between Royal Oak and Farringdon. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, Infrastructure Minister Lord Deighton and Deputy Mayor...

Safety training essential for Canal Tunnels

Martin Barlow, Carillion’s Senior Construction Manager on the Canal Tunnels project at Thameslink has praised the work of young apprentices Ashley Edwards, 18, Jason Platford, 17 and Jake Caddie, 17. ‘The most important quality I look for in trainees is good time keeping and taking a real interest in what you are doing – and [...]