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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...

HS2 seeks phase 1 class approval for building works

HS2 seeks phase 1 class approval for building works

21.12.16: HS2 Ltd is seeking blanket planning permission for support work to building its London to the West Midlands route. Paragraph 5 of Schedule 17 of the HS2 Phase 1 Bill, currently being considered by the House of Lords, allows the transport se...

Sheffield City Region given £1.2m boost to develop HS2 growth strategy

Sheffield City Region given £1.2m boost to develop HS2 growth strategy

20.12.16: The government has agreed to provide South Yorkshire leaders with over £1m to spend on preparing an HS2 ‘growth strategy’ for the region. The Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), made up of the nine lo...

Lords urge HS2 to offer ‘fair compensation’ to Camden residents

Lords urge HS2 to offer ‘fair compensation’ to Camden residents

19.12.16: Camden residents should receive more compensation because of the scale of disruption caused by HS2, the House of Lords committee for the HS2 Bill recommended in its final report. The committee’s principal suggestion was that household...

HS2 Curzon Street station offers ‘once in a generation opportunity’ for growth

HS2 Curzon Street station offers ‘once in a generation opportunity’ for growth

16.12.16: Residents, business owners and community leaders in Birmingham have started shaping the future of the area surrounding Birmingham Curzon Street, the planned HS2 station which will open in Birmingham city centre. Leaders met at the ‘Cu...

Higgins appointed as chair of Gatwick Airport

Higgins appointed as chair of Gatwick Airport

15.12.16: Sir David Higgins, the chair of HS2, has also been appointed as part-time chair of Gatwick Airport. Sir David will officially take over the role from New Year’s Day, replacing the current chair, Sir Roy McNulty, who will stay on as de...

HS2 could be delivered by 2030 without ‘cash constraints’ – Higgins

HS2 could be delivered by 2030 without ‘cash constraints’ – Higgins

13.12.16: HS2’s phase 2b could be completed three years earlier if the company’s hands were not tied by cash constraints, its chair told MPs at the Transport Select Committee yesterday. During an inquiry about the high-speed project, Sir...

The East Midlands: growth & opportunity

The East Midlands: growth & opportunity

18.11.16: Andrew Pritchard, director of policy and infrastructure at East Midlands Councils (EMC), discusses the growth opportunities for rail in the region with the next franchise competition and HS2. EMC is the representative body for local governm...

HS2 unveils chosen phase 2 route and £900m enabling works

HS2 unveils chosen phase 2 route and £900m enabling works

15.11.16: The delayed phase 2 route of HS2 has been published, outlining exactly where the government will look to build the high-speed network through the north of England. Despite this, the process is still not yet complete as the controversial dec...

‘Imminent’ announcement due on HS2 phase 2 route

‘Imminent’ announcement due on HS2 phase 2 route

11.11.16: An “imminent” announcement on HS2 phase 2 is due to be made, delegates at last night’s TransCityRail North dinner were told. During the Q&A session on Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) at the black-tie dinner, Duncan Suth...

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‘Transformational change’ in Wales franchise hinges on new trains and electrification

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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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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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Commuters close to taking government to court over Southern crisis

06/01/2017Commuters close to taking government to court over Southern crisis

A commuter organisation looking to take the DfT to court over its handling of the Southern rail crisis have said that their legal challenge is almost ready. The Association of British Commuters (ABC) hopes to submit its full application calling for a judicial review by the end of this month, after initially raising funds for the challenge... more >
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Exhibitors prepare for France’s rail technology showcase

20/01/2017Exhibitors prepare for France’s rail technology showcase

Florence Gaidet from Mack Brooks gives RTM an update on what people can expect from SIFER 2017, France’s showcase for railway technology, p... more >
The data-driven railway

20/01/2017The data-driven railway

RTM speaks to James Dean, Network Rail’s director of route asset management (DRAM), LNW, about the work the infrastructure owner is carryin... more >
Achieving efficiency through standards

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Vaibhav Puri, head of standards policy at the RSSB, attempts to bust the myths around standards, and argues that they will be vital to the tradin... more >
A digital railway for a modern Britain

17/01/2017A digital railway for a modern Britain

David Waboso CBE, managing director of Group Digital Railway, discusses using digital technology and how we must work together better as an indus... more >

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Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

15/11/2016Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

Phil Verster, managing director of ScotRail Alliance, speaks to RTM’s Luana Salles about the recently-published ‘Investing in the Fut... more >