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Higgins: HS2 to have ‘transformational’ effect on Darlington and the Tees Valley

Higgins: HS2 to have ‘transformational’ effect on Darlington and the Tees Valley

03.11.16: A new report published by the chairman of HS2 has sought to show how high-speed rail will have a ‘transformational’ effect on Darlington and the Tees Valley area. Changing Britain: HS2 taking root, produced in collaboration with...

Liverpool leaders call for £15bn boost from HS2 and HS3 links

Liverpool leaders call for £15bn boost from HS2 and HS3 links

31.10.16: Liverpool should have connections to both HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) said today. New research commissioned by LCRCA shows that the high-speed rail links could deliver a £15bn boo...

Government has ‘not ruled out’ open access on HS2

Government has ‘not ruled out’ open access on HS2

28.10.16: Open access operation could be introduced on HS2, transport minister Andrew Jones revealed in response to a written Parliamentary question. Conservative MP Grant Shapps asked whether the DfT was planning to allow the high-speed rail link to...

Former HS2 development director returns as interim CEO

Former HS2 development director returns as interim CEO

19.10.16: Roy Hill has been named as the interim chief executive of HS2 Ltd following Simon Kirby’s resignation. Hill is managing director of CH2M Europe, but was previously seconded to HS2 as Phase 1 development director from 2012 to 2014. ...

May’s industrial strategy ‘must address Brexit skills impact on HS2’

May’s industrial strategy ‘must address Brexit skills impact on HS2’

18.10.16: HS2 could suffer from a loss of foreign workers after Brexit unless the government makes addressing the shortage part of its industrial strategy, Balfour Beatty has said. The infrastructure company’s newest briefing paper said that th...

Euston Express HS2 alternative would save £3.7bn, Lords told

Euston Express HS2 alternative would save £3.7bn, Lords told

17.10.16: A scheme designed to put all HS2 and West Coast Main Line trains into one new integrated station at Euston, would be £3.7bn cheaper than HS2’s current plans for the station, the House of Lords HS2 Bill committee was told last week. ...

Grayling promises £70m for communities as HS2 needed ‘more than ever’

Grayling promises £70m for communities as HS2 needed ‘more than ever’

12.10.16: Transport secretary Chris Grayling unveiled a new £70m fund for communities affected by HS2 as he reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the high-speed rail project. Speaking at the Transport Times HS2 Conference, Grayling an...

Chambers urge chancellor to commit to HS2 Eastern Leg

Chambers urge chancellor to commit to HS2 Eastern Leg

04.10.16: Businesses have urged the chancellor to confirm the government’s commitments to the HS2 Eastern Leg, as he outlined plans to ensure Britain has world class infrastructure to maintain the country’s competitiveness at the Conservative...

Crossrail and HS2 part of ‘great opportunity’, Japanese investors told

Crossrail and HS2 part of ‘great opportunity’, Japanese investors told

28.09.16: Transport secretary Chris Grayling has promised the government’s continued support for HS2 and Crossrail during a trade tour to Japan. Grayling attended the G7 Transport Ministers’ Summit in Karuizawa, Nagano on September 23-25...

Despite enthusiasm, HS2 ‘has the weakest economic case of all projects’

Despite enthusiasm, HS2 ‘has the weakest economic case of all projects’

23.09.16: The economic justification for HS2 has been slammed in a letter from the chair of the Treasury Select Committee to the transport secretary. Andrew Tyrie told Chris Grayling that the DfT has failed to “comprehensively examine” wh...

Over 14,000 jobs ‘would be lost if HS2 is cancelled’

Over 14,000 jobs ‘would be lost if HS2 is cancelled’

19.09.16: The HS2 contracts already let or tendered have already created 14,440 jobs, new analysis shows. A new report from High Speed Rail Industry Leaders said the analysis, carried out by Albion Economics, provides “an estimate of the number...

HS2 opens phase 2a consultations as Birmingham commits rail investment

HS2 opens phase 2a consultations as Birmingham commits rail investment

14.09.16: HS2 Ltd has opened three separate consultations on the phase 2a route as the high-speed line now faces scrutiny. A report from the Public Accounts Committee, published today, warned that HS2 phase 1 may face delays of up to a year and, and...

‘Clarity needed’ over HS2 schedule and costs as phase 1 date faces year delay

‘Clarity needed’ over HS2 schedule and costs as phase 1 date faces year delay

14.09.16: HS2 is still struggling to convincingly explain its timetable and costs, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned. The warning comes as HS2 Ltd and government officials are now considering postponing the opening of phase 1 of the high...

Kirby resigns as HS2 chief executive to join Rolls Royce

Kirby resigns as HS2 chief executive to join Rolls Royce

12.09.16: HS2 Ltd’s chief executive has announced he is leaving the company just as the high-speed rail project approaches permission to go ahead. Simon Kirby will stand down and take up a place as chief operating officer at Rolls Royce. T...

Rail industry craves certainty post-Brexit

Rail industry craves certainty post-Brexit

05.09.16: Jim Steer, director of Greengauge 21, reflects on the recent changes at the DfT, the future of HS2 and its routes, and the need for certainty from the government. Ten years ago, Chris Grayling was shadow transport secretary, looking at conv...

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Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

21/09/2018Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

Steve Hollis has been announced as the new chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) HS2 growth delivery board. A former chairman... more >
Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

21/09/2018Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

Plans to improve the Doncaster Railway Station have reached phase two of the redevelopment process. Work has begun on the plans, developed b... more >
Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

21/09/2018Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

Northern has unveiled its refurbished Class 158 digital train for passengers, ahead of the new fleet’s complete roll-out by the end of the ... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >