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HS2 accused of not listening to Camden residents over ‘paltry’ reduction in bridge height

HS2 accused of not listening to Camden residents over ‘paltry’ reduction in bridge height

25.07.16: HS2 Ltd’s new plans for the Hampstead Road Bridge in Camden have been criticised by the leader of Camden Council, who said residents weren’t consulted about the changes. As part of the construction of the high-speed rail, HS2 Lt...

Midlands Rail Hub needed to deliver 10 extra services an hour

Midlands Rail Hub needed to deliver 10 extra services an hour

22.07.16: Rail connections in the Midlands will need funding to meet growing pressures on capacity, a new report has said. Midlands Connect, a group of 28 local authorities and 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships, has published the interim report of a &...

NAO head cautions against ‘unrealistic expectations’ for HS2 following Brexit

NAO head cautions against ‘unrealistic expectations’ for HS2 following Brexit

22.07.16: Balancing HS2 with other major infrastructure projects will be more challenging than ever in light of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, the head of the National Audit Office (NAO) has said. Speaking at the Institute for Gover...

Rail projects likely to lose staff and investment following Brexit – Balfour Beatty

Rail projects likely to lose staff and investment following Brexit – Balfour Beatty

21.07.16: The EU referendum result is likely to lead to a prolonged period of uncertainty for UK infrastructure projects, Balfour Beatty has warned. A new paper from the company, ‘Infrastructure 2050: Future Infrastructure Need’, says tha...

HS2 works to cause ‘difficult period’ for rail network – Frobisher

HS2 works to cause ‘difficult period’ for rail network – Frobisher

19.07.16: Work to upgrade Euston Station to prepare for HS2 will increase the risk of delays, Martin Frobisher of Network Rail has told the Transport Select Committee. At a hearing as part of the committee’s inquiry into improving passenger ser...

No plans to back away from HS2, says Grayling

No plans to back away from HS2, says Grayling

18.07.16: Chris Grayling, the newly appointed transport secretary, has confirmed the new government is still committed to building HS2. In an interview with Radio 4’s The World This Weekend, Grayling said: “I have no plans to back away fr...

HS2 worried about long-term Brexit impact

HS2 worried about long-term Brexit impact

15.07.16: HS2 Ltd’s director of finance and operations has said he is “worried” about the long-term impact of Brexit on the £56bn high-speed line project. Speaking at annual conference of The Chartered Institute of Public Fina...

McLoughlin promises to deliver HS2 on time following Brexit

McLoughlin promises to deliver HS2 on time following Brexit

12.07.16: HS2 will be completed on time and is more needed than ever following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP said yesterday. Giving the keynote speech at the ‘Attracting the brightest...

HS2 to save £1bn by stopping at Sheffield Midland under new plans

HS2 to save £1bn by stopping at Sheffield Midland under new plans

07.07.16: HS2 will stop at Sheffield Midland instead of Meadowhall under revised proposals for the high-speed rail service’s South Yorkshire route. The route would take a spur along existing track to Sheffield Midland, with the additional optio...

HS2 timetable for phase 1 ‘unrealistic’ and ‘behind schedule’

HS2 timetable for phase 1 ‘unrealistic’ and ‘behind schedule’

28.06.16: HS2 is already behind schedule and could fail to deliver phase 1 by the 2026 target date, with problems including uncertainty about financing, lack of staff and the need for further analysis, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned. The...

HS2 may no longer be ‘a priority’ after Brexit, says Lord Berkeley

HS2 may no longer be ‘a priority’ after Brexit, says Lord Berkeley

27.06.16: The vote for the UK to leave the European Union may mean that the future of HS2 is in doubt, Lord Berkeley has said. Thursday’s vote has created political and economy uncertainty, with David Cameron resigning as prime minister, as rep...

DfT to review HS2 plans for improving community engagement

DfT to review HS2 plans for improving community engagement

17.06.16: The DfT has demanded to be shown HS2 Ltd’s plans for improving its communication with residents following increased concerns about how the high-speed rail project is engaging with local communities. In its response to a Public Adminis...

HS2 bidders for major £12bn engineering contracts invited to tender

HS2 bidders for major £12bn engineering contracts invited to tender

14.06.16: The nine companies in the race to win at least one of seven HS2 main civil engineering contracts worth up to £11.8bn have been invited to tender. The companies, mostly made up of consortia featuring some of the biggest names in the na...

Three-hour Scotland connection ‘realistically achievable by 2027’

Three-hour Scotland connection ‘realistically achievable by 2027’

06.06.16: A goal of facilitating three-hour journeys from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow by 2027 is ‘realistically achievable’, high speed rail consultancy Greengauge 21 has recommended in a new report. The report says that the goal of a...

HS2 compensation scheme should be reviewed, says Residents’ Commissioner

HS2 compensation scheme should be reviewed, says Residents’ Commissioner

27.05.16: HS2 and the Department for Transport (DfT) should review the high-speed rail compensation scheme, the project’s Residents’ Commissioner has said in her latest report In her latest study, Deborah Fazan added that the project...

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Banking giant pulls out of blockbuster £1.2bn Network Rail arches deal

18/07/2018Banking giant pulls out of blockbuster £1.2bn Network Rail arches deal

 A partnership targeting the acquisition of Network Rail’s infrastructure arches have dropped out of the major £1.2bn race. ... more >
Final plans submitted for rail-connected Yorkshire hub

18/07/2018Final plans submitted for rail-connected Yorkshire hub

A 276-acre site in Yorkshire could be transformed into a major rail-connected hub servicing the north of England as part of proposals put forward... more >
Scathing letter rips into May timetable chaos, demands Grayling take responsibility

18/07/2018Scathing letter rips into May timetable chaos, demands Grayling take responsibility

Members of the London Assembly have written to Chris Grayling calling on him to take responsibility for the failings of the industry in implement... 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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HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE), talk about four new HS2 research projects which are set to challenge how we design, build and monitor high-speed rail projects. No one doubts that HS2 must provide a platform for innovation, bu... more >
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Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

17/07/2018Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail and the Elizabeth Line, outlines the key features of the brand-new, eco-friendly Old Oak Common de... more >
iRail: investing in the future

17/07/2018iRail: investing in the future

The rail industry today faces many challenges, one of those being the skills gap in high- speed rail. However, events like iRail are doing their ... more >
HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)... more >
Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

17/07/2018Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

Hydrogen-powered trains are already a reality in other rail networks in Europe. Now, working alongside Eversholt Rail, Alstom UK plans to bring t... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >