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Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

15.11.18: HS2’s second phase will cost more compared to similar overseas schemes because it relies on new dedicated high-speed lines into city-centre terminal stations at Manchester and Leeds rather than using the existing conventional railway. ...

HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

15.11.18: Costs for HS2’s Phase 2 could be 27% lower if the company succeeds in implementing a series of opportunities to make the project more efficient compared to its European counterparts, a long-awaited report has revealed. The findings co...

Arcadis lands £7m Old Oak Common HS2 station systems design deal

Arcadis lands £7m Old Oak Common HS2 station systems design deal

13.11.18: Arcadis Consulting has been awarded a £7m contract to design the rail systems at the new Old Oak Common HS2 station. The contract encompasses the design services for the railway systems in and around the proposed station and integrate...

Cheshire council launches action plan for enhanced HS2 Crewe hub station

Cheshire council launches action plan for enhanced HS2 Crewe hub station

12.11.18: Cheshire East Council has launched an action plan to create an enhanced HS2 hub station in Crewe in order to maximise its potential benefits and engage with local businesses. The development framework includes growth and regeneration opport...

NPR boss backs £37m NPR Budget pledge: ‘What we asked for is what we’ve got’

NPR boss backs £37m NPR Budget pledge: ‘What we asked for is what we’ve got’

08.11.18: The director of Northern Powerhouse Rail has supported the government’s commitment to NPR, arguing that the Budget funding announcement shows Westminster’s confidence in the scheme. Tim Wood, NPR director at TfN, said the U...

Rail industry slams door on ‘completely misunderstood’ Grayling HS2 Phase 2b comments

Rail industry slams door on ‘completely misunderstood’ Grayling HS2 Phase 2b comments

08.11.18: Leaders of the northern rail industry have rejected the possibility of the Phase 2b HS2 route possibly no longer being funded by the government, arguing that the comments raising concern by the transport secretary were “completely misunder...

Worried council prepares official response to ‘crackpot’ HS2 plans

Worried council prepares official response to ‘crackpot’ HS2 plans

07.11.18: HS2 has been slammed as a “crackpot idea” which won’t benefit local residents by councillors in Northwich as they prepare to submit an official response to the project’s consultation. Members of Northwich Town Counci...

Half a million jobs ‘just the beginning’ as HS2 chair calls on local partnerships to lead the way

Half a million jobs ‘just the beginning’ as HS2 chair calls on local partnerships to lead the way

07.11.18: Sir Terry Morgan has said that half a million jobs and ninety thousand homes are “just the beginning” of the spread of wealth HS2 will bring to Britain. Speaking at the Built Environment Networking’s HS2 Economic Growth Co...

HS2 engineering consultancy relocates to new £7m Birmingham headquarters

HS2 engineering consultancy relocates to new £7m Birmingham headquarters

06.11.18: The engineering company responsible of the redesign and delivery of HS2’s Curzon Street Station has completed its relocation into its new £7m Birmingham headquarters. WSP, a global engineering consultancy, moved over 700 staff f...

HS2 begins consultation for contractors to build £3.5bn western leg of Phase Two

HS2 begins consultation for contractors to build £3.5bn western leg of Phase Two

30.10.18: HS2 has started contractor consultations for Phase 2a to build the high-speed railway between the West Midlands and Crewe. The largely rural route forms the first part of the western leg of HS2 Phase Two and is expected to cost £3.5bn...

Archaeologists begin UK’s biggest ever excavation work at HS2 London Euston site

Archaeologists begin UK’s biggest ever excavation work at HS2 London Euston site

26.10.18: Archaeological work on the HS2 rail link between London and Birmingham to remove 45,000 skeletons from a burial site has begun. Over 1,000 archaeologists, specialists, scientists and conservators will be exploring and recording over 60 arch...

Leaked: HS2 will cost 25% more than similar projects in other countries

Leaked: HS2 will cost 25% more than similar projects in other countries

19.10.18: The £56bn HS2 project is set to cost 25% more than similar projects being carried out in other countries, a leaked report written by PwC has revealed. The official report was commissioned by HS2 but was never published – and, ac...

HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

17.10.18: Councillors have endorsed a “milestone” plan to transform Leeds station in preparation for HS2 arriving in the region. The Leeds City Council executive board approved the strategic outline business case, the detailed transformat...

HS2 Phase 2 boss defends 12-month bill delay: ‘We actually proposed this ourselves’

HS2 Phase 2 boss defends 12-month bill delay: ‘We actually proposed this ourselves’

16.10.18: The outgoing boss of HS2 Phase 2b has defended the one-year setback in introducing legislation to Parliament, arguing that the move was “essential” to ensure the benefits of Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) play a role in the final bil...

New images of Birmingham and Solihull’s HS2 stations revealed

New images of Birmingham and Solihull’s HS2 stations revealed

09.10.18: New images have been released that show what the planned HS2 stations for Birmingham and Solihull could look like when completed. The images are to be released at a series of events throughout October, the first of which will be held at Bir...

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First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

15/11/2018First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

The first of Greater Anglia’s brand-new trains has now arrived in the region, pulling up to Norwich by a locomotive ahead of a programme of... more >
Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

15/11/2018Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

HS2’s second phase will cost more compared to similar overseas schemes because it relies on new dedicated high-speed lines into city-centre... more >
HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

15/11/2018HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

Costs for HS2’s Phase 2 could be 27% lower if the company succeeds in implementing a series of opportunities to make the project more effic... 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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Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13/11/2018Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would not be opening on 9 December was a cause for major dismay and disappointment amongst politicians and... more >
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Challenging the perceptions of rail

13/11/2018Challenging the perceptions of rail

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’... more >
Data-driven rail

13/11/2018Data-driven rail

Andy Cross, director of Elastacloud, and Lucy Bealing, from the Elastacloud Rail Centre of Excellence, discuss their innovative collaboration wit... more >
Looking ahead to the Williams Review

13/11/2018Looking ahead to the Williams Review

Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, takes a look at the government’s root and branch review of the rail s... more >
Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

06/11/2018Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

Network Rail route programme director, Toufic Machnouk, explains why only a radically new approach to contracting will deliver a better service f... more >

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Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >