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Old February 6th, 2014, 05:50 PM   #1241
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Bombardier wins Crossrail train contract
06 Feb 2014



UK: Bombardier Transportation has beaten bids from Hitachi and CAF to be selected for the contract to supply and maintain trains and a depot for London's Crossrail project, the Department for Transport and Transport for London announced on January 6.

With a capital value of £1bn, the 32-year contract is to be signed following the 10-day standstill period required by European procurement rules.

Crossrail Class 345

Bombardier's Derby plant will produce the 65 nine-car 25 kV 50 Hz electric multiple-units, branded Aventra by Bombardier and allocated Class 345 in the national numbering system. There is an option for a further 18 trainsets.

Crossrail Ltd has previous said that 'a revolutionary new train design is not required', and it is seeking a fleet 'based upon technology already developed by the worldwide rolling stock market for deployment on other railways'.

The high capacity air-conditioned trainsets from Bombardier will be 200 m long and able to carry up to 1 500 passengers, with wide gangways and real-time travel information. There will be 'an emphasis on energy efficiency and use of intelligent on-train energy management systems', according to DfT.

Dr Francis Paonessa, Managing Director of Bombardier Transportation UK, said winning the contract 'is a resounding endorsement of our proposed Bombardier Aventra train for Crossrail, which has proudly been designed and developed in the UK as an iconic and world-technology leading train for London'.

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The tendering process for the largest single contract within the Crossrail project has been managed by promoter Crossrail Ltd on behalf of sponsors DfT and TfL. DfT said the 'overarching aim' was 'to obtain the right train at the best price' and 'it is on this basis that Bombardier has been selected'.

According to DfT the train order will support 760 UK manufacturing jobs plus 80 apprenticeships, and an estimated 74% of contract spend will remain in the UK economy. Bombardier's target is for at least 25% of the value of the contract to go to small and medium-sized companies.

The contract includes maintenance of the fleet. Construction of the depot at Old Oak Common will support 244 jobs plus 16 apprenticeships, and once operational it will support 80 train maintenance jobs.
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Old February 7th, 2014, 12:20 AM   #1242
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Great to see that it will have min. 3 doors per side rather than the 2 usually used by mainline trains.
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Is the aventra actually a new design or is it like the electrostars which are heavily based on the networkers?
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Old February 7th, 2014, 12:34 AM   #1244
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Is the aventra actually a new design or is it like the electrostars which are heavily based on the networkers?
My understand from reading London reconnections is it's a new design but has some lineage (let's say) from designs currently in use in Europe.
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Old February 7th, 2014, 12:58 AM   #1245
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My understand from reading London reconnections is it's a new design but has some lineage (let's say) from designs currently in use in Europe.
Thanks The bodywork certainly looks more continental be interesting to see how they perform against other designs such has Thameslinks 700s and existing electrostars.
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Old February 7th, 2014, 10:04 AM   #1246
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Bombardier also produce the trains for the metropolitan line, overground line & Docklands Light Railway

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Bombardier also produce the trains for the metropolitan line, overground line & Docklands Light Railway
I know however the S stock is of the movia family and the 378s are from the electrostar family so they're not unique. Are the B07s original or part of a new family?
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I know however the S stock is of the movia family and the 378s are from the electrostar family so they're not unique. Are the B07s original or part of a new family?
I was just about to say the same thing, there is so wing very distinctive a bout the body of the bombardier trains (including the s7 and s8). I like he design of the electrostars etc as well as the new thameslink body.. I suppose it's the lineage from the networkers.
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Old February 7th, 2014, 10:00 PM   #1249
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Thanks The bodywork certainly looks more continental be interesting to see how they perform against other designs such has Thameslinks 700s and existing electrostars.
The comments on http://www.londonreconnections.com/2...tock/#comments are worth a read. Actually the whole site is interesting even if your not a Londoner.
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Quite London Reconnections is always a good read rather like informed sources in modern railways
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Thameslink – Farringdon
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LEGO TBM, maden by Bechtel - company responsible for Crossrail tunneling:

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Crossrail progress at Paddington with partially reopened Eastbourne Terrace:

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Old February 25th, 2014, 06:58 PM   #1256
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Crossrail launches final tunnel boring machine
Tue 25th February, 15:35

Crossrail has launched its eighth and final tunnel boring machine in east London

The TBM is named Ellie after Paralympic swimming champion Ellie Simmonds and will drive a tunnel from Pudding Mill Lane to Stepney Green.

The Dragados Sisk joint venture is main contractor overseeing the 2.7km drive to form part of Crossrail’s north east spur from Whitechapel to Shenfield in Essex.

Ellie is staffed by 20 people, weighs 1,000 tonnes, is 150 metres long and 7.1 metres in diameter.

Her sister machine Jessica – named after Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill – completed the journey from Pudding Mill Lane to Stepney Green earlier this month.

Jessica will now be taken to Limmo Peninsula near Canning Town in east London, where she will begin Crossrail’s last tunnel drive towards Victoria Dock Portal.

Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail Chief Executive said: “Crossrail’s continuing progress is evidence of Britain’s ability to deliver large scale infrastructure projects on time and within budget.

“It is fitting that our latest tunnelling milestone, the launch of our eighth machine, Ellie, is taking place only a short distance from the scene of some of Britain’s greatest modern sporting triumphs.”

Ellie Simmonds said: “It’s very flattering to have been chosen, alongside the amazing Jessica Ennis-Hill, as one of the inspirational women after which a TBM has been named.

“It’s not every day you have a tunnel machine named after you and I wish ‘Ellie’, and all those involved with it, the best of luck in its maiden journey.”

Crossrail recently passed the halfway point in its construction on time and within budget.

Over 30 kilometres out of 42km of bored tunnels are now complete.
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CROSSRAIL RECEIVES FIRST SECTIONS OF CUSTOM HOUSE STATION FROM EAST MIDLANDS FACTORY

Wednesday 5th March 2014
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CGI of completed station

The first sections of the new Crossrail Custom House station have arrived on site in Docklands after making the journey from the factory in the East Midlands where they were made.

The component parts of the new station are being fabricated in the state of the art Laing O’Rourke factory in Steetley and will now be assembled on site in East London. The first sections to be delivered comprise columns and platform beams and slabs, which have been installed using a 120 tonne crane.

Building large sections of the station off site saves time and money and ensures that disruption to residents, existing rail services and the nearby ExCeL London conference and exhibition centre are minimised as far as possible.

The Crossrail station will be built on the site of the former North London Line station and will include a new ticket hall, an interchange with the Docklands Light Railway and step-free access between the platforms and street level.

Linda Miller, Project Manager at Custom House said: “A bit like a complex puzzle, piece by piece, we’ll be assembling the new station at Custom House over the next eighteen months. Constructing the station elsewhere and putting it together on site significantly simplifies the process, saving time and money and reducing disruption. Custom House station will be of the very highest quality when it opens in 2018.”

With Crossrail, the journey between Custom House and Bond Street will be around 10 minutes quicker and passengers travelling to and from Heathrow will be able to knock around 35 minutes off their journey. The new line will also reduce journey times for many of the four million annual visitors to the nearby ExCeL London.
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Old March 10th, 2014, 05:16 PM   #1259
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NETWORK RAIL AWARDS MAJOR CROSSRAIL CONTRACT FOR EAST LONDON AND ESSEX

Monday 10th March 2014
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Network Rail has awarded a £150 million contract to Costain for the majority of Crossrail works planned on the north-east surface section of the Crossrail route, between Stratford in east London and Shenfield in Essex.

The contract includes the design and build of major station improvements at Romford and Ilford as well as improvements at stations including Forest Gate, Goodmayes, Harold Wood, Gidea Park, Chadwell Heath and Brentwood.

Platform extensions will allow for longer, higher capacity trains to run, and new lifts to enable step-free access will be installed at many stations along the route. The detailed design phase will now get underway and main works will take place between late 2014 and 2017.

Major infrastructure improvements will also be delivered including the upgrade of existing tracks and overhead electrification equipment as well as extra train stabling capacity and turnback facilities that will improve the reliability of passenger services.

Rob McIntosh, Crossrail Programme Director, Network Rail, said: “The northeastern section is set to transform the experience of commuters and longer-distance travellers between London, Essex and beyond. The additional passenger capacity and renewed stations will mean major, long-term improvements.”

Matthew White, Crossrail’s Surface Director said: “Network Rail is undertaking a major upgrade of the existing rail network for Crossrail including a significant programme of track renewals as well as stations improvements. For the residents of east London and Essex, Crossrail will deliver significant benefits to passengers including new trains, better stations and quicker journeys.”

With Crossrail, people travelling from outer London and Essex will be able to travel right through the capital and on to Berkshire and Heathrow without having to change trains. Brand new trains will replace the existing ageing trains used on stopping services from Shenfield to London from 2017. Existing fast and semi-fast services from Shenfield to Liverpool Street will continue to operate.
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CROSSRAIL SUBMITS PLANS FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO GIDEA PARK STATION

Monday 24th March 2014
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Crossrail has submitted proposals for improvements to Gidea Park station for approval. The proposed improvements, which have been submitted to the London Borough of Havering, include:
  • Two new lifts to provide step free access to all platforms
  • Platform extensions to ensure that the station can accommodate the new, 200m long Crossrail trains
  • New platform lighting

Residents in Havering will be among the first along the Crossrail route to benefit from new trains when they replace the current stopping services between Shenfield and Liverpool Street mainline in 2017.

The new 200m long trains will be able to carry up to 1,500 people during the rush hour and will be quicker, greener and more reliable than many of the existing trains on the network. At peak time, the current plan is to run up to 16 services an hour to and from London and 12 services towards Shenfield in Essex.

When the route opens fully in 2019, passengers will be able to travel right through central London and out to Berkshire without having to change trains. The journey from Gidea Park to Bond Street will be eight minutes quicker and passengers travelling to Heathrow will be able to reduce their journey time by 22 minutes.

Matthew White, Surface Director at Crossrail said: “Crossrail will provide a step change in public transport for people in Havering. Brand new trains will take passengers right through the centre of the capital, reducing journey times and making it quicker and easier for them to get to a whole range of destinations across London and the South East.”

Councillor Tebbutt, Cabinet Member for the Environment at Havering Council said: “We are really pleased to receive the planning application for improvements to Gidea Park station for Crossrail. The new rail link will be of great benefit to the borough, providing a fast and useful service in and out of London, while the stations along the way will be given a much needed facelift.”

Ben Wheeldon, Network Rail Project Director for Crossrail East, said: “We are delighted to have developed our designs for Gidea Park station in consultation with both the council and local civic groups. The plans will deliver improved station facilities as part of the Crossrail programme that will enhance the travelling experience for customers.”
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