Elizabeth Line Bond Street station (Photo TfL)

Bond Street Elizabeth Line station opened on October 24. Construction was led by Costain Skanska with design team Arup and Hawkins\Brown. Colin Bennie, Associate Director of architects John McAslan + Partners, said it was ‘important to create legible entrances while establishing a compelling narrative with the existing physical and cultural character of the area, referencing local material and form. We also wanted to lift the user experience through the use of daylight, generous linked spaces and the integration of artwork, maximising visibility and creating connections.’


Around 150 suppliers attended the launch of the Industry SPEED Partnership, which aims to foster ongoing collaboration between Network Rail, suppliers and other stakeholders to challenge inefficiencies. ‘Rail SPEED has already had a significant impact in streamlining the client activity in developing investment projects and renewals’, said Network Rail representative Rob McIntosh. ’The opportunity and necessity now is to engage with the wider supply chain to bring in their knowledge and expertise.’

Translink has awarded Nexus Alpha a £700 000 contract to supply software enabling NI Railways to provide live train information to passengers and staff via various communication platforms

Story contracting Hartlepool

Story Contracting is undertaking upgrading works at Hartlepool station on behalf of Network Rail and Tees Valley Combined Authority. The disused platform 3 has been demolished to make way for a new platform, and platform 2 will be extended by 20 m to house a new footbridge and lift. The upgrade is due to be completed in time for the Tall Ships Festival in July 2023.


Marshall-Tufflex has supplied contractor J Murphy & Sons with Class 1 fire rated GRP cable trays for replacement of the emergency evacuation lighting in the 1·8 km Stansted Tunnel. A GRP handrail with integral lighting is being installed along the tunnel wall and the steel walkway as part of the work, which is scheduled for completion in January.

ZF Services UK

ZF Services UK has obtained RISAS/003(5) recertification until October 2023 for rail axle drives, transmissions and bogie overhaul at its Nottingham Rail Centre of Competence. The bespoke bogie overhaul service includes cleaning, full disassembly, shot blasting, NDT, weld repairs and component replacement. ZF can also undertake wheelset and traction motor overhaul.


Greater Anglia has appointed Georgia Payne to the new role of Safeguarding & Trespass Prevention Manager. She joins from British Transport Police, where she worked as a vulnerability researcher. ‘Working closely with partners including Network Rail, charities and the emergency services, we want to make sure everyone uses the railway as safely as possible and signpost anyone to access any help they may need’, she said.