This Month in Rail Construction News 2.6
Welcome to the latest edition of Rail Construction News – the premier construction tool for the rail industry.
In this month’s edition of Rail Construction News, we take a look at the Manchester Metrolink project; we preview RailTex; and we cast our eye over Crossrail Tottenham Court Road.
Commuters in Manchester are now able to enjoy the largest light rail system in the UK after the completion of Metrolink’s Second City Crossing. The new line opened on Sunday 26th February and runs right through the heart of Manchester city centre. The Second City Crossing offers new links and more frequent trams through Manchester city centre, as well as improved service reliability and greater operational flexibility. It runs from the transformed Deansgate-Castlefield stop to a major new stop at St Peter’s Square along Cross Street to stops at Exchange Square and Victoria.
Meanwhile, from 9th to 11th May, The National Exhibition Centre at Birmingham will host Railtex 2017. Set against a background of continuing high levels of investment in the UK in both railway infrastructure and rolling stock fleets, the show will again be the all-encompassing showcase for technological innovation across all sectors of the supply market. The last Railtex in May 2015 was the biggest for over ten years. Welcoming more than 10,000 railway industry professionals and 468 exhibitors, the event was widely regarded as the most effective of these shows for many years.
And finally, a project to modernise Tottenham Court Road Station – as part of the Elizabeth Line/Crossrail project – has reached completion. The project was initiated to update and improve the existing station for passengers, including the provision of step-free access to both the Central and Northern lines. As part of the project, Tottenham Court Road now has eight escalators, six new lifts, four entrances and a larger ticket hall. These new additions have future-proofed the station against a projected increase in footfall.
With all this and much more inside, please join us as we explore the projects which continue to shape our nation’s railways.