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Government gives the green light for HS2

Government gives the green light for HS2

11.02.20: This afternooon Boris Johnson annouced in the House of Commons that HS2 will go ahead. He said: "We face a historic choice, we can try to get by with existing routes from north to south or we can have the guts to take a decision, no matter...

Lord Berkeley addresses government in letter to Grant Shapps over HS2

Lord Berkeley addresses government in letter to Grant Shapps over HS2

05.02.20: Debate around HS2 remains constant and divisive, with both sides arguing potential benefits to the Northern region should the project either go ahead or be shelved. That conversation continued as one of the most prominent dissenting voices...

Ep 7. A system built around passengers, Robert Nisbet

Ep 7. A system built around passengers, Robert Nisbet

04.02.20: Regional Director for the Rail Delivery Group and former journalist for Sky News and the BBC, Robert Nisbet joins us in the studio to discuss his career move into the rail industry and how technology is improving Britain’s railways year on...

Bid submitted for £100m Darlington station regeneration

Bid submitted for £100m Darlington station regeneration

28.01.20: Tees Valley Combined Authority has submitted a bid to government for the funds needed to ‘dramatically overhaul’ Darlington railway station. Announced by Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen yesterday (Jan 27), the business case for th...

120 NPH leaders call for HS2 to be delivered in full

120 NPH leaders call for HS2 to be delivered in full

27.01.20: Over 120 senior business leaders from within the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands have signed an open letter to Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, urging him to commit to HS2 in full. The letter, published on behalf of the Northern Powerhouse P...

Ep. 6. Unlocking the potential of NPR, Tim Wood

Ep. 6. Unlocking the potential of NPR, Tim Wood

27.01.20: Director Northern Powerhouse Rail and Transport for the North, Tim Wood, joins us in the RTM Podcast room to discuss benefits and opportunities the NPH Rail can bring. Gain insider information on the progress of Northern Powerhouse Rail fro...

HS2 progress report released

HS2 progress report released

24.01.20: Today (Jan 24) the latest update on the rail project High Speed Two was released by the National Audit Office. The report says The Department for Transport, HS2 Ltd and government have widely miscalculated the task, leading to amb...

RIA responds to Lord Berkeley’s HS2 ‘minority’ review report

RIA responds to Lord Berkeley’s HS2 ‘minority’ review report

06.01.20: Former deputy chair of the Oakervee Review of the HS2 project, Lord Tony Berkeley, published a report yesterday (Jan 5) stating that parliament was ‘misled’ over ‘out of control’ costs that he believes could reach over &p...

FirstGroup and Trenitalia announce new MDs for partnership

FirstGroup and Trenitalia announce new MDs for partnership

27.11.19: The joint takeover of the West Coast Mainline between FirstGroup and Trenitalia will take place on the 8th of December. They announced yesterday (26 Nov) the appointment of their two Managing Directors. Phil Whittingham, Managing Director o...

FTA asks government to guarantee the future of HS2 for freight

FTA asks government to guarantee the future of HS2 for freight

18.11.19: The recent HS2 review uncertainty has prompted Freight Transport Association (FTA) to request confirmation from government on the future of HS2. FTA is calling on government to secure the high-speed railway’s future and ensure busines...

RIA launch RAIL 2050 Manifesto ahead of general election

RIA launch RAIL 2050 Manifesto ahead of general election

13.11.19: Railway Industry Association (RIA) has launched the Rail 2050 Manifesto, informing parties in the upcoming election of what the rail industry needs to thrive and develop long term. The report outlines the next 30 years in the rail industry...

Leaked HS2 review draft recommends staying on track with the project

Leaked HS2 review draft recommends staying on track with the project

12.11.19: According to an early draft of the HS2 review seen by The Times newspaper, report author Doug Oakervee is set to recommend ministers proceed with the full Y-shaped line as currently planned, with only relatively minor revisions to the plann...

HS2 Oakervee review delayed until 2020

HS2 Oakervee review delayed until 2020

05.11.19: The deputy chair of the Oakervee Review, Lord Berkeley, has revealed that publication of the government’s independent review in HS2 is set to be delayed until after the general election. A HS2 decision had previously been expected bef...

North and Midlands must take control to deliver true benefits of HS2 and NPR, says review

North and Midlands must take control to deliver true benefits of HS2 and NPR, says review

17.10.19: The North and Midlands must take control of their high-speed rail network, argues a report from the Northern Powerhouse Independent Review warning against cancelling the major infrastructure projects without viable alternatives. The review...

ORR quotes £26m in charges per year to continue using HS1

ORR quotes £26m in charges per year to continue using HS1

01.10.19: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today announced if train operators want to keep using High Speed 1 (HS1) and preserve the condition of the assets, they will pay £26m per year. HS1 operates 67 miles of high-speed track connecting...

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TransPennine Express receives ‘public target’ from Transport for the North

13/02/2020TransPennine Express receives ‘public target’ from Transport for the North

Agreed by Transport for the North leaders in back in January, the ‘public target’ follows a period at the end of last year when Trans... more >
Network Rail install new Dawlish sea wall

13/02/2020Network Rail install new Dawlish sea wall

Network Rail’s plan to protect the vital rail line to the south west from rising sea levels and extreme weather has taken a big step forwar... more >
Network Rail awards five-year term to Jacobs for Design Services

12/02/2020Network Rail awards five-year term to Jacobs for Design Services

Network Rail has awarded places on four Lots to Jacobs for their prestigious Design Services Framework (DSF), to deliver multi-disciplinary techn... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >