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HS2 admits to ‘serious error’ in £1.76m redundancy payments overspend

HS2 admits to ‘serious error’ in £1.76m redundancy payments overspend

20.07.17: HS2 has already exceeded rates set by the DfT for the costs of redundancy pay by £1.76m, a report on the company’s accounts by the NAO has today revealed. Despite work not yet starting on the high-speed rail line, and assurances...

Businesses and MPs at odds over HS2 Sheffield route decision

Businesses and MPs at odds over HS2 Sheffield route decision

18.07.17: Local politicians and business leaders in South Yorkshire are firmly at odds over the government’s decision to link HS2 services to Sheffield city centre, as opposed to Meadowhall or the mothballed Sheffield Victoria station. The deci...

Grayling confirms HS2 phase 2 route

Grayling confirms HS2 phase 2 route

17.07.17: The route that HS2 will take from Birmingham and onto Manchester and the north as part of phases 2a and 2b has today been confirmed by DfT. It has been revealed that Phase 2b will run towards the East Midlands Hub, then on to Chesterfield a...

Major players win big as HS2 awards £6.6bn construction contracts

Major players win big as HS2 awards £6.6bn construction contracts

17.07.17: A number of high-profile joint ventures (JVs) have been revealed as the winners of £6.6bn worth of major construction and civil engineering contracts for the first phase of HS2 between London and Birmingham. In March last year, the te...

Duo of shortlists revealed for HS2 station design and master development contracts

Duo of shortlists revealed for HS2 station design and master development contracts

17.07.17: The names of the designers and engineers who are formally in the running to develop detailed plans for three brand new stations and majorly expand London Euston have today been named by HS2 Ltd. The station design contract shortlist, reveal...

Pilot launched to help Midlands SMEs tender HS2 contracts

Pilot launched to help Midlands SMEs tender HS2 contracts

11.07.17: Businesses in the Midlands will benefit from a free pilot programme designed to teach them how to capitalise on contracts with HS2. The free initiative, ‘Get On Track’,  is run by the West Midlands Manufacturing Club (WMMC)...

Queen confirms commitment to bring forward HS2 phase 2 bill

Queen confirms commitment to bring forward HS2 phase 2 bill

21.06.17: The second phase of HS2 received a notable mention in today’s Queen’s Speech during the State Opening of Parliament ceremony. In her speech, the Queen confirmed that a new bill for the project “will be brought forward to d...

Adonis urges supply chain to ‘not be distracted by headlines’ and push on with HS2

Adonis urges supply chain to ‘not be distracted by headlines’ and push on with HS2

15.06.17: The peer leading the National Infrastructure Commission has this week pushed the industry to press on with major projects like HS2 and not be “distracted by headlines”. Speaking at the National Infrastructure Forum, Lord Adonis...

Beth West steps down as HS2 commercial director to join Landsec

Beth West steps down as HS2 commercial director to join Landsec

13.06.17: Another top-level executive at HS2 has left the company with only months left until work begins delivering the £55bn rail project. In an email sent around to staff at the company, commercial director Beth West announced that she would...

Plans to connect HS2 Interchange to Birmingham Airport being explored

Plans to connect HS2 Interchange to Birmingham Airport being explored

24.05.17: Transport bosses in the Midlands are considering proposals to build a terminal building linking the HS2 station to Birmingham Airport. The HS2 Interchange station will be located approximately 1.2 miles away from the airport and, if plans g...

Camden Council opens consultation on HS2 upgrades at Euston

Camden Council opens consultation on HS2 upgrades at Euston

22.05.17: Camden council has today released a plan for the development around and above Euston station in anticipation of works beginning ahead of HS2 going through the area. In the plans, a set of seven principles are set out as central to developme...

HS2 likely to create polarisation of high-skill jobs in London, LSE finds

HS2 likely to create polarisation of high-skill jobs in London, LSE finds

19.05.17: Better high-speed rail (HSR) links could lead to highly skilled managerial jobs being “geographically polarised” in London, research conducted by the London School of Economics (LSE) has found. The university looked at the effec...

Industry welcomes manifesto commitments to HS2

Industry welcomes manifesto commitments to HS2

18.05.17: Renewed commitment and investment in HS2 have today been announced by prime minister Theresa May as she launched her party’s manifesto. May also stated that if elected to power, the Conservatives would work to increase capacity on tra...

McNaughton hits back at reports of HS2 going over budget

McNaughton hits back at reports of HS2 going over budget

11.05.17: HS2’s technical director has stated that despite recent trouble with procurement and reports of mounting costs, the opening date of the project and its budget have not changed from original estimates. Talking at Railtex 2017, Professo...

HS2 submits plans to convert disused Curzon Street station entrance

HS2 submits plans to convert disused Curzon Street station entrance

05.05.17: HS2 has submitted planning permission to convert the disused Curzon Street station entrance building into a visitor space when the high-speed terminal comes into service. The company plan to turn the Grade-1 listed entrance building, one of...

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DfT names five winners of fresh £16m stations fund

28/07/2017DfT names five winners of fresh £16m stations fund

The DfT has today announced the successful bidders for a £16m package, part of the second phase of the New Stations Fund, which will serve ... more >
East Midlands Airport offers £2.5m fund to boost station connections

28/07/2017East Midlands Airport offers £2.5m fund to boost station connections

East Midlands Airport has today offered details of a £2.5m deal designed to improve station services as part of the next franchise in the r... more >
Hitachi Class 800s pass digital signalling testing

28/07/2017Hitachi Class 800s pass digital signalling testing

Hitachi’s new fleet of Intercity Express trains have this week passed testing to run the digital technology required by the DfT. The t... more >

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03/07/2017Rapid progress needed

As RTM went to press, the National Infrastructure Commission outlined a list of the ‘top 12’ immediate priorities on which ministers must make rapid progress in the next year. Unsurprisingly, major rail schemes, including HS2, Crossrail 2 and HS3, featured highly in the projects that needed speedy development.  Lord Adonis stated that all of these have been agreed in principle, “but require decisive action to get ... read more >

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How do tram and rail passengers compare?

David Sidebottom, director at Transport Focus, analyses the drivers in performance of passenger satisfaction in tram compared to rail. Results published in our recent Tram Passenger Survey (... more > more last word articles >

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Londoners given peek at abandoned Mail Rail Underground line

28/07/2017Londoners given peek at abandoned Mail Rail Underground line

Londoners will soon be able to enjoy a unique rail experience – by riding a train going along the disused Mail Rail line. The 6.5-mile track runs deep under the capital, criss-crossing Tube lines and formerly linking six sorting offices with mainline stations at Liverpool Street and Paddington. At most, the small, electric and drive... more >
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How can the new government support rail freight?

20/07/2017How can the new government support rail freight?

Following the recent general election, Maggie Simpson, executive director at the Rail Freight Group, considers what action the government can tak... more >
Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

20/07/2017Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

Geoff Ogden, interim managing director at Transport for Wales (TfW), talks to RTM about how the organisation is putting sustainable development a... more >
A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

20/07/2017A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

Victoria Hills, chief executive officer at the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), gives RTM an update on the work to create a... more >
Simple changes for energy efficiency

20/07/2017Simple changes for energy efficiency

Michelle Papayannakos, rail sustainability specialist at the RSSB, argues that improving the way energy is managed should be a high priority for ... more >

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A game changer for Wales and Borders

17/07/2017A game changer for Wales and Borders

Andy Thomas, managing director for Network Rail’s Wales route, describes how the infrastructure owner will work more collaboratively than e... more >