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Crossrail heads for Heathrow

Work has begun on the Stockley Interchange in west London which will allow Crossrail services to operate to and from Heathrow. Network Rail, on behalf...

Catch-22 at Liverpool Street

As the largest addition to the south east rail network in 50 years, the engineering challenges presented by Crossrail are well known. But while...

King’s Cross New Concourse – A Magnificent Blend of Old and New

Back in August 2011 (issue 82), the rail engineer reported on the work being done at King’s Cross to create a new Western Concourse...

“Arm-in-Arm” Delivery for Reading Station Project

Plans to improve the railway at Reading were first launched in September 2008. Since then, contracts have been let and work has been progressing...

Paris Metro Line 1 – A New Beginning

The first line of the extensive Paris Metro network, now owned and operated by RATP, was opened on 19 July 1900. Running from Porte...

New Year at New Street

The New Year. A time of plans for the future, broken resolutions, and The Rail Engineer’s annual visit to see the latest developments at...

Better access and better stations for the railways

Over the past few years, the rail industry has seen an increase in station improvement projects across the UK. These include the development of...

Opening Epping Station on the suburban railway network in Melbourne, Australia

The suburban railway network in Melbourne, Australia, covers 830 kilometres of track. Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) is the current franchise holder with an agreement...

Buckshaw Parkway Station becomes the latest addition to the rail network

In the face of continental economic meltdown, two diametrically opposed alternatives present themselves. The first: retrench, cut and struggle on with less. The second:...

Quiet! Rail work in progress…

Stations are busy places. And when refurbishment and alterations are taking place, and parts of the concourse and platforms have disappeared behind hoardings, the...

Jungle or Minefield?

Providing accurate, understandable and timely information to the travelling public is an ever present challenge. Described once as not a can of worms, more...

Step into the future of station design

Step into the future The German Gymnasium, situated next to the building site that is Kings Cross Station, was the ideal and very apt location...

Edinburgh Waverley’s new roof installed

Let there be light Two ridges create Edinburgh’s spectacular topography. On the glacial tail from an extinct volcano are the castle and high medieval buildings....

Escalators – Keep it clean

It is difficult to imagine a major station today that doesn’t include several escalators. Since they were first installed at Earls Court Underground station...