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Award of £8.6bn civil contracts for HS2 pushed back to June

Award of £8.6bn civil contracts for HS2 pushed back to June

24.03.17: A total of £8.6bn worth of civil contracts for the first phase of HS2, which were due to be awarded next month, have been pushed back to June, RTM has been told. Bidders have been informed that the procurement process has been delayed...

Do we have credible costing methods for major projects?

Do we have credible costing methods for major projects?

06.03.17: Lord Berkeley, chairman of the Rail Freight Group and member of RTM’s editorial board, questions the methodology of estimating costs on major projects, including Great Western electrification. For some time I have been strongly critic...

HS2 development partner award delayed as losing firm launches query

HS2 development partner award delayed as losing firm launches query

27.02.17: HS2 Ltd has delayed formally awarding the contract for a phase 2b development partner to CH2M whilst it holds talks with under-bidder Mace about the decision. CH2M was named the winner for the deal earlier this month after an 11-month compe...

HS2 finally given green light in overwhelming Parliament vote

HS2 finally given green light in overwhelming Parliament vote

23.02.17: Phase one for the HS2 project has today finally been given royal assent in Parliament, meaning that work on the long-awaited high-speed rail network can now officially go ahead. With construction set to begin in the spring, today sees the l...

HS2 potential to northern connectivity not to be underestimated, says Percy

HS2 potential to northern connectivity not to be underestimated, says Percy

22.02.17: Minister for the Northern Powerhouse Andrew Percy has today promised to address the disparity in per-capita spend between the north and the south, but has also said not to “underestimate” the value of southern investment in Crossrail...

HS2 can ‘only be as good as local rail connections make it’

HS2 can ‘only be as good as local rail connections make it’

17.02.17: It is of vital importance that investment in the conventional rail network continues over the next 20 years during the development of HS2 to ensure that West Yorkshire becomes “truly HS2-ready” and the project’s benefits can be...

HS2 names phase 2b development partner in string of contract awards

HS2 names phase 2b development partner in string of contract awards

13.02.17: Plans to bring HS2 to Manchester and Leeds have made significant progress as contracts for a phase 2b development partner and engineering and environmental consultants were finally awarded. HS2 Ltd confirmed that CH2M will become its phase...

HS2 Sheffield Meadowhall station ‘still on the table’

HS2 Sheffield Meadowhall station ‘still on the table’

07.02.17: Transport minister Andrew Jones has confirmed that the proposed high-speed South Yorkshire station at Sheffield Meadowhall is “still on the table”, despite recommendations made by the chair of HS2 Ltd Sir David Higgins. The conf...

Camden to build HS2-funded replacement homes for affected residents

Camden to build HS2-funded replacement homes for affected residents

06.02.17: Camden Council is currently constructing six apartment blocks to replace homes lost to the construction of HS2 ahead of the HS2 Bill’s expected Royal Assent next month. The blocks, on the Regent’s Park estate, will provide 90 re...

Go-ahead in sight for HS2 Bill as Lords reject bid to block project

Go-ahead in sight for HS2 Bill as Lords reject bid to block project

03.02.17: HS2 has moved one step closer to becoming a reality after its dedicated Bill passed its third reading in the House of Lords this week, despite late attempts by Peers to block the long-awaited £55.7bn project. Peers opposed a backbench...

HS2 reveals eight South Yorkshire parkway station proposal sites

HS2 reveals eight South Yorkshire parkway station proposal sites

26.01.17: HS2 Ltd has revealed a shortlist of eight sites for its potential parkway station to serve South Yorkshire. The eight sites are situated across rural locations in Doncaster, Rotherham and Wakefield, leading to further criticism that HS2 cou...

CH2M European MD appointed new HS2 chief executive

CH2M European MD appointed new HS2 chief executive

26.01.17: Mark Thurston, European managing director for the global engineering company CH2M, has been appointed as the new chief executive of HS2. The post has been filled in by the former HS2 development director Roy Hill for almost three months sin...

Search starts for company to build £2.75bn HS2 fleet

Search starts for company to build £2.75bn HS2 fleet

20.01.17: The government has started looking for a company to design, build and maintain 60 of HS2’s state-of-the-art trains for the first phase of the high-speed rail network, with the contract due to be awarded in 2019. Companies and supplier...

Government agrees ‘fair’ HS2 compensation for Camden residents

Government agrees ‘fair’ HS2 compensation for Camden residents

19.01.17: The government has accepted the House of Lords’ call to be fairer to residents of Camden affected by HS2, committing to offer them a “fair, reasonable and proportionate” amount of compensation. This will include amending t...

DfT admits that controlling HS2 costs will be ‘challenging’

DfT admits that controlling HS2 costs will be ‘challenging’

17.01.17: The DfT has admitted that controlling the costs of the HS2 project will be “challenging” and that the cost estimates of delivering Phase 2b will not be certain until 2019. The news came from the department’s permanent secr...

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