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Crossrail to help create 'up to 30,000 additional jobs'

This is great news for passengers across the capital and marks a significant milestone in the project.

Crossrail will provide a better and faster service for millions of commuters and will help create up to 30,000 additional jobs in central London by 2026.

Crossrail is a part of our long-term economic plan and one of the many rail infrastructure projects benefitting from record levels of Government investment.

Together with Thameslink, investment in rail in the North and a major electrification programme, we are creating jobs, boosting business and generating lasting economic growth across the UK.

– Patrick McLoughlin, Transport Secretary

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Crossrail company to employ around 1,100 staff

  • Transport for London said MTR was expected to employ around 1,100 staff with up to 850 new roles, creating many hundreds of jobs for local people.
  • This will include some 400 drivers and more than 50 apprenticeships for people from communities along the route.
  • It is estimated that Crossrail will also support the equivalent of 55,000 full-time jobs around the UK.

Contract to run Crossrail services goes to Hong Kong company

The £1.4 billion contract to run the Crossrail services has gone to Hong Kong-based MTR Corporation.

Computer generated image of how a Crossrail train may look
Computer generated image of how a Crossrail train may look Credit: PA

MTR beat the likes of National Express and Arriva to win the concession, which will be for eight years with an option to extend to 10 years.

Riders set off on Police Unity Tour 2014

Riders from 17 forces acroos the UK will set off on their bikes from New Scotland yard today in memory of police officers who have died in the line of duty. They will be joined by family members of dead officers as well as valuable crew members. The first stop on the 190 mile route will be Luton town.

This year will see the 20th anniversary of the death of Sgt Derek Robertson who was killed responding to a robbery in Croydon.

The Queen poses for team photo at Reading Station

The Queen officially opened a £900 million redevelopment of one of the UK's busiest stations today. Twenty-five years ago the Queen was at Reading to open the new station. Today she was back to tour the new station.

The Queen poses for a team photograph
The Queen poses for a team photograph Credit: SWNS

The station now has two new entrances, five additional platforms and new shops. The Queen officially named what is being dubbed a "factory on wheels" - a High Output Plant system (Hops) train, which will dramatically reduce the time it will take to electrify the Great Western rail route.

The Queen names a new High Output Plant system
The Queen names a new High Output Plant system Credit: PA

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Heathrow Express relocates managers to platforms

Heathrow Express has relocated its senior managers to one of its station platforms. Directors will be based on the concourse beneath Heathrow airport's Terminal 5.

Heathrow Express train at Paddington Station
Heathrow Express train at Paddington Station Credit: PA

One criticism of senior management at many companies is they spend too much time in the 'ivory tower' of head office and not enough time listening to and talking to customers and frontline employees. Our new platform office addresses this. We got the idea for this from Stockholm's Arlanda Express, whose managers use it to engage with customers and frontline staff. It has proved a great success there so we're trying it here.

– Keith Greenfield, Managing Director

Free ride on a Routemaster as part of Jubilee Celebration

This weekend you can ride a Routemaster for free as more than 100 Iconic Routemaster Buses gather in Central London for the Routemaster Diamond Jubilee Celebration. More than 130 are booked to appear at the event this weekend.

The event at Finsbury Park will also feature different buses from the past century from the 1020s to the modern day Routemaster.

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