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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...

Vital transport links closer to being a reality

Vital transport links closer to being a reality

17.01.17: David Brown, chief executive of Transport for the North (TfN), shares his thoughts on the government’s announcement of HS2 Phase 2b. The publication of the Command Paper in November 2016 for Phase 2b of HS2 was a much welcome ‘s...

Camden Council forces DfT to review HS2 Bill amendments

Camden Council forces DfT to review HS2 Bill amendments

16.01.17: Whitehall has been forced to reconsider its plans for its HS2 Bill after Camden Council complained about the power the amended legislation would give the government over its roads. Camden argued that last-minute amendments tabled by the gov...

Treasury committee chair claims HS2 demand forecasts lack credibility

Treasury committee chair claims HS2 demand forecasts lack credibility

06.01.17: More evidence is needed that the business case for HS2 is reliable and will deliver value for money, Andrew Tyrie MP, the chair of the Treasury Select Committee, has said. Tyrie previously raised concerns about HS2 in a letter to Chris Gray...

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Rail industry made and spent £18.4bn in 2015-16, ORR reveals

24/02/2017Rail industry made and spent £18.4bn in 2015-16, ORR reveals

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RMT calls for urgent talks with Southern to end guards dispute

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Rail union RMT has called for urgent talks to be resumed with Southern in a bid to bring its long running dispute about guards on trains to an en... more >
Storm Doris wreaks havoc across UK as London Midland Cross City line remains closed

24/02/2017Storm Doris wreaks havoc across UK as London Midland Cross City line remains closed

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17/01/2017Rising to the digital demand

The countdown is well and truly on for this year’s UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), and the whole RTM team is looking forward to welcoming you to the fourth edition of this event on 9 February.  Held once again at Battersea Evolution, the prestigious awards ceremony promises to be an extraordinary evening, celebrating some of the major achievements of the industry in the last year. You can see the awards shortlist on pag... read more >

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Making rail fares simpler

Making rail fares simpler

David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus, explains how a number of initiatives over the next 12 months aim to make rail fares simpler. By the end of 2017, we hope passengers w... more > more last word articles >

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Southern Rail passengers reminded to claim compensation

03/02/2017Southern Rail passengers reminded to claim compensation

Southern’s annual season ticket holders have been reminded that they are entitled to claim compensation due to the franchise’s poor performance over the 2016-17 financial year. Last year, the DfT promised that Southern season ticket holders would be able to claim the equivalent of a month’s worth of fares in compensation... more >
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The role of simulation in ERTMS training and system design

01/02/2017The role of simulation in ERTMS training and system design

Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), discusses the role of simulation in ERTMS training ahead of this year’s &lsqu... more >
Digital railway maintenance

01/02/2017Digital railway maintenance

Tim Flower, head of maintenance at Network Rail, explains how the infrastructure owner is adopting a new approach for condition monitoring to max... more >
Challenges and opportunities for big data in the Digital Railway

01/02/2017Challenges and opportunities for big data in the Digital Railway

Dr John Easton and Dr Shruti Kohli from the University of Birmingham write for RTM about the role big data can play in transforming the country&r... more >
A better railway depends on harnessing technology

27/01/2017A better railway depends on harnessing technology

Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), argues that we must change the status quo and invest in technology if we are to c... more >

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Intertrain: ready for the future

23/02/2017Intertrain: ready for the future

RTM recently attended Intertrain’s ‘Driving for Success’ event in Doncaster, where leaders from major players such as Carillion... more >