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Richard Johnstone

I am a reporter for NCE, mainly covering transport issues for the magazine - both news and features. I have covered transport stories throughout the UK for more than three years, first at Holyrood magazine in Edinburgh, where I examining issues such as a potential high speed rail line and a new crossing of the Forth for the magazine’s audience of politicians. I then covered projects such as Crossrail, rail electrification schemes and the Edinburgh tram construction at RAIL magazine, as well as investigating the wider rail industry. I continue to report on all of these, and many more things, at NCE so please get in touch with any stories. Since joining in August 2010, I have seen the country’s largest orthotropic steel bridge deck being constructed in Reading as part of the station upgrade, and was among the first reporters on site when a concrete mixer hit a train after smashing through a bridge in Oxshott in Surrey.

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  • Hitchin crossovers

    Over the tracksSubscription

    20 April, 2011

    The project to remove a bottleneck on the East Coast Main Line at Hitchin will be used to test Network Rail’s plan to work more closely with contractors. Richard Johnstone reports.

  • Potholes: Government to act

    Ministers clamp down on highway repairs Subscription

    14 April 2011

    Local authorities that underperform in road maintenance could be named and shamed as part of a new efficiency drive, transport minister Norman Baker warned last week.

  • New price: The Forthspan consortium says it can build the 2.7km bridge for £1.05bn

    Winning Forth bridge bid £260M cheaper than rivalSubscription

    07 April 2011

    The winning bidder for the Forth replacement crossing was £260M cheaper than its rival, it emerged this week.

  • Hitchin

    Hitchin flyover to debut new Network Rail contractSubscription

    07 April 2011

    Network Rail has been given the go-ahead to build a £60M flyover to relieve a capacity bottleneck on the East Coast Main Line - the first project to be taken forward in its new contracting structure.

  • Start supplier scores

    Costain tops HA supply leagueSubscription

    07 April 2011

    Costain is in pole position to win Highways Agency work after top scoring in the Agency’s new supplier assessment process.

  • Is high speed rail any greener than a new car?

    West Coast Main Line plugged as alternative to HS2Subscription

    07 April 2011

    Two MPs have called on the government to re-examine upgrading the West Coast Main Line as a cheaper alternative to High Speed 2, saying that a new appraisal is needed “for the credibility of the project”.

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    Shortfall triggers road closure fearsSubscription

    31 March 2011

    Local authorities could be forced to close roads due to the mounting maintenance backlog, even though the government doubled repairs cash in last week’s Budget.

  • Infrastructure damage: the numbers

    Damage twice as severe as fearedSubscription

    24 March 2011

    Earthquake and tsunami damage to Japan’s transport infrastructure is almost twice as severe as originally feared.

  • Theresa Villiers

    Airport operators to face fines if snow causes flight disruptionSubscription

    24 March 2011

    Airport operators face hefty fines for failing to keep their runways open during bad weather, under plans drawn up by ministers.

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    BAA backs Heathrow Express on Crossrail planSubscription

    24 March 2011

    Airport operator BAA chief executive Colin Matthews this week threw his weight behind plans to run Heathrow Express services through Crossrail’s central London tunnels.

All by Richard Johnstone

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