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HS2 reveals eight South Yorkshire parkway station proposal sites

HS2 reveals eight South Yorkshire parkway station proposal sites

26.01.17: HS2 Ltd has revealed a shortlist of eight sites for its potential parkway station to serve South Yorkshire. The eight sites are situated across rural locations in Doncaster, Rotherham and Wakefield, leading to further criticism that HS2 cou...

CH2M European MD appointed new HS2 chief executive

CH2M European MD appointed new HS2 chief executive

26.01.17: Mark Thurston, European managing director for the global engineering company CH2M, has been appointed as the new chief executive of HS2. The post has been filled in by the former HS2 development director Roy Hill for almost three months sin...

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...

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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 >