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Crossrail close to new chief

Final interviews have taken place for the top job at Crossrail, the £15bn Heathrow-to-Essex rail link, with project programme director Andy Mitchell among the remaining candidates.

It is understood that Mr Mitchell and Mark Bayley, the former head of London & Continental Railways, were two of the four candidates interviewed for the chief executive role last Tuesday and Wednesday.

Current chief Rob Holden, who was also Mr Bayley's predecessor at LCR, is leaving in July. A Crossrail source said that internally people would be "ecstatic" if Mr Mitchell got the role.

The preferred candidate will shortly be taken to London's City Hall and the Department for Transport, to get the appointment signed off by senior government officials.

Although the salary for the job comes in at £550,000, this is not considered to be a hefty enough pay packet to have attracted some of the heavy hitters whose names have been linked to the role.
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UK’s only Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy ‘topped out’

Crossrail’s commitment to building a lasting skills legacy has taken a major step forward with the completion of structural building work on the UK Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA). Crossrail and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills via the Skills Funding Agency have invested up to £12.5m in the Academy which will train at least 3,500 people to work on Crossrail.

Located at Aldersbrook in East London, TUCA aims to address the shortage of people with the necessary skills to work on Crossrail and other major tunnelling projects in London and across the UK, as well as the potential to assist European projects including Dublin Metro.

It will provide training on the key skills required to work in tunnel excavation and underground construction. The only other tunnelling training facility in Europe is located in Switzerland.

A ‘topping out’ ceremony has been held as the building is now water-tight. Work will now get underway to fit-out the Academy and turn it into a state of the art training facility. Set over two levels, the Academy will include a simulated tunnel boring machine environment, a sprayed concrete lining training facility, workshop space and teaching rooms. The Academy’s size extends to 3,600 sq. metres to provide sufficient space for the facilities required to safely train people to work in underground construction.

Terry Morgan, Chairman of Crossrail, said: “Two years on from the start of main construction, and with the first tunnel boring machine starting out on its journey in less than a year from now, we are concentrating our efforts to provide people with the necessary skills to build this great railway. “Crossrail has a vital role to play in supporting wider regeneration as well as creating a major skills legacy. The new Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy is not only a UK first but will support the economy by equipping workers with the specialist skills they need to meet the demand for labour in this area, both for Crossrail and for other major infrastructure projects.

“It will completely revitalise the UK’s skills base and raise safety standards across the construction industry.”

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said: “One of the incredible benefits of Crossrail is the skills that it will deliver to those working on the project; and the Tunnelling Academy being built in east London is set to be a centre of excellence, not just for the thousands of Londoners who will work on Crossrail, but for people working on tunnelling projects all over the world.”

TUCA will start to offer training this summer and the building will be fully open by September 2011. The Academy will offer training to at least 3,500 people over the lifetime of the Crossrail project. It will then operate as an independent organisation and become a long-term provider of underground construction skills for other major infrastructure projects. The Academy will also act as the London centre for the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE).

There is currently no standardised training provision for those in the tunnelling industry, with the majority of new entrants trained on the job. TUCA will provide an opportunity for nationally-accredited technical and safety training, to ensure that underground safety awareness and best practice are prioritised and standardised across the industry.

All those working underground on Crossrail will be required to obtain a Tunnel Safety Card before they can start work. This is a specially developed health and safety test which has become a specialist unit of the nationally recognised Construction Skills Certification Scheme Health and Safety Test. This will be one of the first training products on offer from summer 2011.

Training at TUCA will be driven by the needs of the construction industry. The initial programme will be focused on delivering suitably skilled and safe workers who are qualified to work underground.

Besides the Tunnel Safety Card, by September 2011 training at TUCA will include the NVQ Level 2 in Tunnelling Operations and NVQ Level 3 in Tunnelling Operations Supervisory Skills. All the training will be delivered by a specialist skills provider who is expected to be appointed next month.

The majority of students attending the academy will come from the contractor’s existing workforce but Crossrail is working with the Department for Work and Pensions and the Skills Funding Agency to support the delivery of pre-employment training opportunities, which will offer new entrants a route into the industry. Crossrail has also partnered with Jobcentre Plus (JCP) to ensure that local people along the route are informed of training and employment opportunities on the programme.

All Crossrail contractors are required to advertise any new opportunities with Jobcentre Plus 48 hours before they are advertised elsewhere. Jobcentre Plus works with a network of local job brokerages and outreach agencies to match vacancies to suitable candidates and prepare them for interview. Crossrail is committed to delivering a minimum of 400 apprenticeships through its supply chain over the lifetime of the project, and is looking to deliver more. All main works contractors are obliged to deliver one apprentice (or equivalent) per £3m spend.

Crossrail is working in partnership with the National Apprenticeship Service to support contractors employed on Crossrail in delivering apprenticeship programmes.
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AECOM has been chosen by Network Rail to design improvement works to stations west of Paddington that are set to become part of the Crossrail route. The 13 stations on the route, from Maidenhead in Berkshire to Acton Main Line in London, will undergo a number of enhancements to facilitate the new Crossrail services due to begin in 2018.

AECOM’s design brief includes a number of improvements including platform extensions to allow longer trains to run, step-free access at the majority of the stations, refurbishment of station buildings and ticketing facilities, as well as other steps to improvement train reliability such as turnback facilities. The new Crossrail services will be electrified, meaning trains will be quicker, cleaner, quieter, smoother and more reliable than diesels. Several bridges near stations on the route will also be redesigned to allow for over-head electrical cables.

Crossrail will provide four ten-car trains per hour on the Great Western Main Line at peak times, in each direction, between central London and Maidenhead. There will also be four trains per hour to Heathrow and two per hour to West Drayton.

Robbie Burns, Network Rail major programme director, said: “Crossrail is hugely important for the economic future of London and region, which is why we are investing billions to upgrade this route. Crossrail services will also boost Londoners’ quality of life, easing congestion on the Great Western Main Line by up to 30 per cent and bringing an additional 1.5m people within a 45-minute commute of the capital’s key business districts.”

John Crosfield, AECOM’s project director, said: “AECOM is delighted to have been selected to support Network Rail in delivering this section of the high-profile Crossrail scheme. Our team has the range of skills required to meet the challenging programme in a multidisciplinary rail environment and is committed to providing the project with robust design solutions.”

Network Rail is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts of Crossrail that are on the existing network, covering 70km (43.5 miles) of track and 27 stations from Maidenhead in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east.
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Germans to deliver giant Crossrail tunnel machines

Six giant tunnel boring machines have been ordered from Germany to help create Crossrail because there are no UK manufacturers who can build the required kit. The TBMs are being built by Herrenknecht AG and the first two will arrive in London in early 2012 ahead of being launched from Royal Oak in spring 2012.

Contractors chosen for the drives have been in charge of specifying the machines

Herrenknecht AG will deliver two TBMs to Royal Oak Portal for the western running tunnels in early 2012, two TBMs to Limmo Peninsula for the eastern running tunnels in mid 2012 and a further two machines to Stepney Green later in 2012.

Londoners will be given the chance to name the tunnel boring machines and will be able to follow their progress as they make their way under the capital via the Crossrail website.

To construct the 21km of twin-bored tunnel required for Crossrail, at least seven tunnel boring machines will be required and will undertake ten individual tunnel drives to construct the 6m diameter rail tunnels. Consideration is currently being given to the need for a further TBM on the short tunnel drive between Limmo Peninsula and Victoria Dock Portal (Drive G).

The method of constructing this tunnel section is the subject of ongoing discussions with the tunnelling contractor Dragados/John Sisk. The TBMs required for Crossrail will be up to 120m in length and weigh around 850 tonnes. Rob Holden, Crossrail Chief Executive said: “In less than a year, the first tunnel boring machines will have arrived and begun their journey from Royal Oak to Farringdon.

“I’m delighted that Londoners will be given the chance to name the machines that will build the major new rail tunnels under London. Even though the start of tunnelling is still about nine months away, work has been ongoing since early 2010 to construct the tunnel portal at Royal Oak from where the first TBM will launch.”

The five tunnels to be constructed are:

- Royal Oak to Farringdon west (Drive X) – length of drive approximately 6.1 km

- Limmo Peninsula in the Royal Docks to Farringdon east (Drive Y) – length of drive approximately 8.3 km

- Stepney Green to Pudding Mill Lane (Drive Z) – length of drive approximately 2.7 km

- Limmo Peninsula in the Royal Docks to Victoria Dock Portal (Drive G) – length of drive approximately 0.9 km

- Plumstead to North Woolwich (Drive H) – length of drive approximately 2.6 km
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Kensal Crossrail station would 'transform' the area, says deputy mayor

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is pushing for Kensal Green to be included on the new east-west London rail link.

Last month, the council voted to underwrite the potential £33 million cost of building the station. It hopes that it can create a commercial development above the station, charging developers through section 106 deals to recoup the cost of the development.

The council has written to mayoral agency Transport for London (TfL), which is preparing a business feasibility study for the station, with its proposal to underwrite the project.

In a letter last week to local paper the Kensington & Chelsea Chronicle, Malthouse, who is the London Assembly member for Kensington & Chelsea, wrote that the case for the station was "overwhelming" and would "transform the area for residents and tourists alike".

He said: "I am writing to give my full support to the proposal to create a Crossrail station at Kensal Green. I will be pressing [London mayor Boris Johnson] and TfL to bring this project to fruition."

Other key supporters of the campaign for a Kensal Green Crossrail station include the National Grid, retailers Sainsbury’s and Cath Kidston, and Jenny Jones, Green Party member of the London Assembly.
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Crossrail today announced that six of the tunnel boring machines (TBMs) required to deliver the new rail tunnels will be manufactured by Herrenknecht AG, Germany.

The first two TBMs will arrive in London in early 2012 ahead of being launched from Royal Oak in spring 2012. The TBM manufacturers have been selected by Crossrail’s tunnelling contractors. There are no UK-based tunnel boring machine manufacturers.

Herrenknecht AG will deliver two TBMs to Royal Oak Portal for the western running tunnels in early 2012, two TBMs to Limmo Peninsula for the eastern running tunnels in mid 2012 and a further two machines to Stepney Green later in 2012.

Londoners will be given the chance to name the tunnel boring machines and will be able to follow their progress as they make their way under the capital via the Crossrail website. Details about how the Crossrail TBMs will be named will be announced during the coming months.

To construct the 21km of twin-bored tunnel required for Crossrail, at least seven tunnel boring machines will be required and will undertake ten individual tunnel drives to construct the 6m diameter rail tunnels. Consideration is currently being given to the need for a further TBM on the short tunnel drive between Limmo Peninsula and Victoria Dock Portal (Drive G). The method of constructing this tunnel section is the subject of ongoing discussions with the tunnelling contractor.

The TBMs required for Crossrail will be up to 120m in length and weigh around 850 tonnes.

As the Thames Tunnel construction contract has only recently been awarded, the TBM manufacturer for this tunnel drive will be announced later this year.

The six TBMs will be transported to London by boat from the manufacturer’s factory in Schwanau, Germany. The specific points of arrival in the UK are yet to be agreed between the manufacturer and the tunnelling contractors. Before they depart for the UK they will be fully assembled and tested before being dismantled into sections ready for transport.

The cutter heads for the tunnel boring machines will arrive in sections and will be transported to the tunnel launch sites and assembled.

There will be two different types of TBM to reflect the differing ground conditions along the Crossrail route. All of the tunnel boring machines, except for the TBM used to construct the Thames Tunnel, will be Earth Pressure Balance Machines, which will be used for the main running tunnels between Royal Oak, Pudding Mill Lane and Victoria Dock Portal. These will pass through ground which is predominantly London clay, sand and gravels. The Thames Tunnel, which is predominantly constructed through chalk, will use a Slurry TBM.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “There is nothing boring about the leviathan machines that will soon be burrowing their way through the earth way below our streets. These monsters of the deep will create the tunnels that will make it easier for millions of people to whizz east to west across our city.”

Rail Minister Theresa Villiers said: “This is an exciting step forward for the Crossrail project, which will revolutionise rail travel in the capital, create thousands of new jobs and deliver real benefits to the London and UK economies.”

Rob Holden, Crossrail Chief Executive said: “In less than a year, the first tunnel boring machines will have arrived and begun their journey from Royal Oak to Farringdon. I’m delighted that Londoners will be given the chance to name the machines that will build the major new rail tunnels under London. Even though the start of tunnelling is still about nine months away, work has been ongoing since early 2010 to construct the tunnel portal at Royal Oak from where the first TBM will launch.”

The TBMs will run nearly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. There will be scheduled breaks to allow maintenance on the TBMs to take place and tunnelling activity will stop for certain public holidays including Christmas Day.

Each TBM will be operated by a ‘tunnel gang’ comprising of around twenty people - twelve people on the TBM itself and eight people from working from the rear of the machine to above ground.

As the TBMs advance forward, precast concrete segments will be built in rings behind the TBMs. Crossrail today also confirmed that the concrete segments for the western running tunnels between Royal Oak and Farringdon will be manufactured at Old Oak Common and transported to the TBM by rail. Crossrail is currently finalising arrangements with the tunnelling contractors for location of the other concrete segment manufacturing sites.

Such is the scale of Crossrail that up to 14,000 people will be employed at the peak of construction between 2013 and 2015 giving Londoners the chance to build and benefit from Crossrail. Currently 3,000 people are employed on the Crossrail project.
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Birse Metro wins £75m London orbital rail deal

Transport for London has awarded a contract to Birse Metro to build the £12m final part of the £75m orbital London Overground rail network. The new stretch of railway from Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction will complete the missing link to an oribital overground railway around the capital.

Although most of the extension will run along existing National Rail lines, construction work has just begun on a new stretch of track to link London Overground services at Surrey Quays with the existing railway at Old Kent Road. The works include building a new 1.3km railway link with associated signalling, telecommunications and power supply. At Clapham Junction in South London a new bay platform will be built from the existing platform 2 to cope with the new service.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “This small but incredibly significant stretch of track will be the final section of a mighty wheel of Overground services around the capital. The improvements it will bring are precisely why I made a strong case to Government for the extra funding needed to make this project a reality.

Mark Hearne, head of Birse Metro, said “Birse Metro is happy to continue working with Transport for London following the recent successful delivery of the extension to Highbury & Islington. With the support of Balfour Beatty Rail and working in close partnership with Transport for London we will help to deliver the project within the tight time-scales and budget to improve this key transport link for those living and working within this area of south London.”

The contract award follows the opening of a link between Dalston Junction station at the northern end of London Overground’s east London route with Highbury & Islington station on London Overground’s Richmond to Stratford line.
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London Overground named Britain’s most punctual railway

The capital’s publicly owned London Overground is Britain’s most punctual surface rail service according to the latest performance figures issued by Network Rail.

The statistics, which cover the period from 1st to 30th April, show that 96.3% of London Overground trains arrived at their destination on time and that almost 19 out of 20 (94.9%) trains arrived on time over the past twelve months. Network Rail say the annual performance figure is the highest for any train operator in the country. c2c Rail scored the second highest annual performance with of 94.7%.

The London Overground was created when Transport for London took over Silverlink’s Metro services in 2007. Since then TfL has embarked on a major investment programme, introducing new trains and revamping stations. Like the DLR, the service is operated for Transport for London by a private contractor with TfL setting fares and service levels.

Andrew Munden, Network Rail route director, said: “The London Overground network is a perfect example of how investment in rail can boost services for passengers and help support economic growth. The partnership we have in place is delivering results for London and we will continue working together to deliver a high performing and reliable railway in the capital, every day.”

Howard Smith, chief operating officer for TfL London Rail, said: “Delivering a reliable service for passengers is a top priority for London Overground. With hard work and investment we have transformed a run down and unreliable service into a top performing railway, setting standards for travel in the UK. We know our customers appreciate the improvements as we have just achieved our best ever results in TfL’s quarterly surveys of Customer Satisfaction.”
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Plans for a huge redevelopment of London's oldest rail terminus have gone on public display.

A concourse bigger than the Wembley Stadium pitch will be created at London Bridge station, while the number of platforms for through-running trains will be increased from six to nine.

Network Rail, which is making the changes as part of the long-delayed £6 billion Thameslink project, promises to keep as many trains as possible running during the five years of construction, but from 2013 services are expected to be diverted at weekends.

Work will begin after next summer's Olympics, adding to the £50 million of changes that are already under way to tie in with the construction of the Shard of Glass tower.
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The redeveloped station will have a new concourse bigger than the pitch at Wembley, which will sit underneath the tracks at street level. Two new entrances will be constructed on Tooley Street and St Thomas Street, improving links between the areas around the station.

Coupled with changes and improvements to the rail infrastructure around the station, the investment in the area will mark the final phase of the Thameslink programme to deliver longer trains and more frequent services to more destinations.

Network Rail will be seeking the views of station users, local residents and businesses, before submitting a planning application for the redevelopment. Kicking off the consultation process will be an exhibition on the main station concourse between 8am-7pm from Tuesday 17th to Friday 20th, and again between 8am-2pm on Saturday 21st May. Network Rail’s London Bridge team will be on hand to answer questions about the project and explain the benefits it will bring.

Martin Jurkowski, Network Rail’s project director leading the London Bridge redevelopment, said: “Passengers want more space, less congestion and a station that is easier to get around in – as well as a better, more reliable rail service. Our proposals for London Bridge deliver all these benefits and more.

“We want to know what people think of our plans and I would encourage anyone who wants to know more to come along speak to the team in person.”
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Huge boost to train services on key Olympic rail route

The upgrade, funded by TfL, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), the Department for Transport, Network Rail and the Stratford City Implementation Group, means that London Overground services from Richmond and Clapham Junction to Stratford will run four times an hour every day, increasing the total number between Willesden Junction and Stratford to eight trains per hour in the peak.

This is an increase from the 4 trains per hour that currently operate on that section. In addition four trains per hour will run every day on the Gospel Oak to Barking line and up to eight trains an hour between Highbury & Islington and Dalston Junction on the East London route.

As part of the upgrade Transport for London also funded a fleet of 57 brand new air-conditioned trains, and a station refurbishment programme that has delivered cleaner and safer and well-staffed stations with better access, new information, help points, lighting and CCTV. The work is the latest example of 2012 transport infrastructure improvements delivered well ahead of the Games, and means an early transport legacy for Londoners that will be enjoyed for many years after.

The new timetable is the result of the first major revamp of the line since 1869, which saw intensive civil engineering and complex signalling work take place in more than half of London’s boroughs.

Network Rail upgraded and replaced more than 200 signals, renewed more than seven kilometres of track and 69 sets of points, lengthened 30 station platforms and carried out additional improvements at seven other stations.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson, said:

“Three years ago London Overground was rundown, neglected and an embarrassment to the capital. Three years later we have transformed it into one of the nation’s top performing railways, running double the number of trains, and it has been named the most punctual service in the country. It will be immensely popular with 2012 Games goers but will be of benefit to Londoners for many years beyond the Olympics.”

Mike Brown, Managing Director of TfL’s rail division, said:

“The new timetable provides the high frequency, highly reliable, air conditioned service TfL promised when it took over the railway.London Overground is now providing a turn up and go service, attracting 55 million passengers each year with direct links to the Tube network for parts of the Capital not previously well served by rail.When the South London extension is completed in 2012, London Overground will be a complete orbital network around our city.’

London Overground has just been named as the UK’s most punctual railway in a Network Rail survey. London Overground ran 96.7per cent of its trains on time during March and 96.3 per cent in April, placing it second and first respectively in Network Rail’s national monthly performance survey.

With almost 19 out of 20 (94.9%) trains arriving on time over the last twelve months – it has the highest annual figure for any train operator in the country.
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The Overground train route linking Stratford with north and west London is doubling the frequency of its services.

The announcement by Transport for London this week, will see four trains per hour at peak times as part of the 2012 Games legacy.

It follows the East London line extension in February, which sees services run between Dalston Junction and Highbury and Islngton. As part of the new timetable it will have eight trains per hour.

TfL's rail division managing director Mike Brown said the improvements would "play a key role during the Games in bypassing central London to get spectators to the Olympic Park".
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Contract awarded for work on London's 'orbiting rail line'

Work continues apace on the project to construct an Overground rail service that once complete will orbit the UK's capital. Transport for London has announced that it has awarded a contract to Birse Metro to begin work on the first part of the new network, with the scheme set to cost £75 million in total.

The new link will connect Surrey Quays with Clapham Junction and allow passengers to make journeys that bypass the centre of the city. Existing National Rail lines will be used for much of the extension, although some construction work will be required, such as on the stretch connecting services at Surrey Quays with the railway at Old Kent Road.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "This small but incredibly significant stretch of track will be the final section of a mighty wheel of Overground services around the capital." He added that projects like this are the reason he requested more government funding and that Overground services could now soon be faster and more frequent.

Other initiatives aimed at improving London's transport network include an extension and upgrade of the Docklands Light Railway, which includes the construction of a station and the addition of new three-car trains to the route.
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