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London's Crossrail project running £600m over budget

London's Crossrail project is running almost £600m over budget with extra funding required to complete the work, the rail minister has announced.

Most overcrowded trains in England and Wales revealed

South Western service to Waterloo was more than 500 passengers over 720 capacity

Transport secretary Chris Grayling says he is 'not a specialist in rail matters'

On second thought, based on his recent performance during a grilling by the transport select committee, Chris Grayling might .

Skanska eyes Heathrow rail link in Windsor consortium

Windsor Link Railway is to form a consortium with Skanska and submit plans to build the new rail line to the Department for Transport (DfT), New Civil Engineer can reveal.

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  • Congestion charging zone speed to be slashed to 20mph in TfL safety pushVehicles travelling within London's congestion charging zone will have their speed cut to 20mph in a bid to slash the number of deaths and serious injuries in the capital.
  • Revealed: the top 10 most overcrowded train routes of 2017With their endurance of botched timetables and union strikes, British commuters are no strangers to overcrowded trains. But now it has been revealed that the top 10 busiest train services ran between 67 per cent and 150 per cent over their passenger capacity last spring.
  • Do you want to breathe in cleaner air? London has the worst air quality of any city in the UKOver the past few years, Transport for London’s Overground network has been subject to a city-wide greening mission. All thanks to the Energy Garden project. The partnership initiative with Repowering London, The London Overground and Transport for London (TfL), transforms platform and public spaces to create sustainable community gardens, air quality walls, edible produce plots, biodiversity hubs and solar energy stations, which provide on-site renewable energy, in a bid to clean London’s air.
  • Crossrail is running almost £600m over budgetJo Johnson revealed today within an annual update on the Crossrail project that it has had to seek an additional £590m in funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) and Transport for London (TfL) due to rising "cost pressures".

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  • Transforming the Welsh railway Colin Lea, mobilisation director of rail services at Transport for Wales (TfW), takes a look at the promising future of the refreshed Wales and Borders franchise. TfW, a not-for-profit company owned by the Welsh Government, has developed what is  a new model in rail franchising by combining...
  • Most overcrowded services revealed as passenger numbers plummetThe most overcrowded train services in England and Wales have been revealed by the DfT today. Services running to and from London were by far the most crowded in the country: nine out of 10 of the most overcrowded services in spring 2017 were services running through the capital. The most...
  • Four bidders in final stages for major Network Rail asset sell-offNetwork Rail is nearing the end of the process to sell off its giant 5,500 infrastructure estate across England and Wales worth as much as £1.2bn. Following Goldman Sachs and the Wellcome Trust’s withdrawal from the race last week, the government-financed network is confident it will...
  • SWR's future could be in doubt as negotiations are tabledThe future of South Western Railway (SWR) could be under threat as the TOC is set to renegotiate its contract with the DfT. According to documents from the ORR, the operator— FirstGroup plc— and the government are on different pages over whether promises made under the franchise deal...

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