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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...

Rail college rebrand to reflect growing demand of rail sector

Rail college rebrand to reflect growing demand of rail sector

01.10.19: The National College for High Speed Rail is getting a fresh new look, after it announced today that it is rebranding to the National College for Advanced Transport & Infrastructure (NCATI). The college has been serving the rail industry...

Leader of Rotherham Council and Mayor of Doncaster ask Government to re-think HS2

Leader of Rotherham Council and Mayor of Doncaster ask Government to re-think HS2

30.09.19: Leader of Rotherham Council, Chris Read and Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, have shared concerns with Douglas Oakervee, the man behind the HS2 review. They have restated their position to go back to the original Meadowhall option or fundamen...

Potential HS2 benefits ‘felt by millions across the UK’

Potential HS2 benefits ‘felt by millions across the UK’

26.09.19: Midlands Connect have investigated exactly what the benefits of the HS2 stand to be and who will be benefitting from them.  The first phase of HS2 has already led to record levels of investment in the West Midlands and generated thousa...

West Midlands HS2 interchange station development granted up to £20m

West Midlands HS2 interchange station development granted up to £20m

18.09.19: The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has agreed to fund up to £20m for a UK Central Hub in Solihull alongside the HS2 station development. The plans to develop the new HS2 Interchange Station within the 340-acre Arden Cross are...

Government announces HS2 review, 'go or no-go' decision by year-end

Government announces HS2 review, 'go or no-go' decision by year-end

21.08.19: The government is set to launch a review into the HS2 project, transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced. The review into the high-speed rail link will conclude a “go or no-go” decision by the end of the year, confirming, r...

Boris Johnson not looking to scrap HS2 despite £100bn cost

Boris Johnson not looking to scrap HS2 despite £100bn cost

01.08.19: Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said despite estimates suggesting the HS2 high speed rail line will cost more than £100bn, he was not currently intending to scrap any major infrastructure projects. Having announced a review into HS2...

HS2 Director says on schedule to get Royal Assent 'by Christmas'

HS2 Director says on schedule to get Royal Assent 'by Christmas'

18.07.19: An HS2 Director told delegates at the innovative TransCityRail Midlands event at The Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham that the multi-billion transformation project was “on schedule to get Royal Assent for the 2A phase by Christmas.&rdqu...

Date set to cut HS2 Wendover bypass noise

Date set to cut HS2 Wendover bypass noise

18.07.19: Work to lay a ‘very low noise surface' along Wendover bypass is scheduled to start during August bank holiday week and is expected to take ten days. The £1.51 million scheme, funded by HS2 as mitigation for noise construction tr...

Keith Williams on the Rail Review: an update on progress

Keith Williams on the Rail Review: an update on progress

16.07.19: Keith Williams, independent Chair of the Rail Review, provided an update at a Northern Powerhouse Partnership event in Bradford today.   FULL SPEECH HIGHLIGHTS “I do want to talk about an issue that it is of immense imp...

Rail leaders respond as HS2 vote passes

Rail leaders respond as HS2 vote passes

16.07.19: Members of Parliament have pushed phase 2a of HS2 through the House of Commons with 263 votes in favour to only 17 against. The Phase 2a High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill, if passed through the House of Lords, will give the...

HS2 reveals design for driverless people mover in Birmingham

HS2 reveals design for driverless people mover in Birmingham

16.07.19: Designs for a new automated people mover in the West Midlands have been released by HS2. The driverless vehicle plans to be used to transport passenger between HS2’s new Interchange Station in Solihull and Birmingham Airport. Whe...

HSRIL warn scrapping HS2 could cost thousands of jobs

HSRIL warn scrapping HS2 could cost thousands of jobs

12.07.19: A significant report published yesterday claims that completing HS2 is essential for “smashing the UK’s north-south divide” and warns that scrapping the project could cost thousands of jobs. High Speed Rail Industry Leader...

Regional leaders call for HS2 to be completed all the way

Regional leaders call for HS2 to be completed all the way

21.06.19: HS2 must be completed all the way to the North and integrated with Northern Powerhouse Rail to achieve the maximum impact on rebalancing the UK’s economy, High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL) said at the annual conference in Manchester...

Birmingham Moor Street vision embraces the future and celebrates the past

Birmingham Moor Street vision embraces the future and celebrates the past

31.05.19: Maria Machancoses, director of Midlands Connect, looks forward to what the Birmingham Moor Street's redevelopment will mean for the region. Over the years, many of Birmingham’s beautiful, historic buildings have been lost to the bulld...

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Boris Johnson to reform current rail franchising model

14/10/2019Boris Johnson to reform current rail franchising model

Boris Johnson to scraprail franchise system in favour of reformed model The UK’s rail franchising model is to be overhauled and propos... more >
Paperless ‘smart ticketing’ for trains backed by Greater Anglia

14/10/2019Paperless ‘smart ticketing’ for trains backed by Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia have given support to the Rail Delivery Group, who are co-ordinating an industry wide campaign this week (14-20 October) to encour... more >
Transport secretary approves Northampton rail depot plans

14/10/2019Transport secretary approves Northampton rail depot plans

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has given the green light to plans submitted for the Northampton Gateway Strategic Rail Freight Interchange, a h... 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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Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

17/09/2019Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

Continuing our mission to connect buyers with suppliers, This year TransCityRail North is adding a new element to the event. We are introducing an incomparable opportunity for you to meet with over 11 procurement directors from Network Rail at our exclusive 'Network Rail Meet the Buyers Hub'.  Situated at the heart of the event ... 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 >