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Time for HS2 phase 1 civil contractor designs should be ‘revisited’

Time for HS2 phase 1 civil contractor designs should be ‘revisited’

05.09.17: The time allowed for developing civil engineering contractor designs should be “revisited” for HS2 phase 1, according to a recommendation by the project’s Independent Design panel. In her latest report, Professor Sadie Mor...

Munro retires as HS2 phase 2 boss

Munro retires as HS2 phase 2 boss

30.08.17: The governance shake-up at HS2 Ltd shows no signs of slowing down as it has been revealed that managing director for the project’s phase 2, Alison Munro, has now retired from her role. Munro had been with the company since the beginni...

HS2 on the lookout for Euston station and Old Oak Common builders

HS2 on the lookout for Euston station and Old Oak Common builders

29.08.17: HS2 Ltd has launched its search for the “best the construction industry has to offer” in order to help expand Euston station and build a brand new Old Oak Common transport hub designed to serve the high-speed line from 2026. The...

Major HS2 construction contracts signed

Major HS2 construction contracts signed

02.08.17: HS2 has taken another step forward this week as contracts to deliver the tunnels, bridges and earthworks for phase 1 were officially signed. The signing of the contracts took place at the company’s head office in Birmingham, as execut...

HS2 admits to ‘serious error’ in £1.76m redundancy payments overspend

HS2 admits to ‘serious error’ in £1.76m redundancy payments overspend

20.07.17: HS2 has already exceeded rates set by the DfT for the costs of redundancy pay by £1.76m, a report on the company’s accounts by the NAO has today revealed. Despite work not yet starting on the high-speed rail line, and assurances...

Businesses and MPs at odds over HS2 Sheffield route decision

Businesses and MPs at odds over HS2 Sheffield route decision

18.07.17: Local politicians and business leaders in South Yorkshire are firmly at odds over the government’s decision to link HS2 services to Sheffield city centre, as opposed to Meadowhall or the mothballed Sheffield Victoria station. The deci...

Grayling confirms HS2 phase 2 route

Grayling confirms HS2 phase 2 route

17.07.17: The route that HS2 will take from Birmingham and onto Manchester and the north as part of phases 2a and 2b has today been confirmed by DfT. It has been revealed that Phase 2b will run towards the East Midlands Hub, then on to Chesterfield a...

Major players win big as HS2 awards £6.6bn construction contracts

Major players win big as HS2 awards £6.6bn construction contracts

17.07.17: A number of high-profile joint ventures (JVs) have been revealed as the winners of £6.6bn worth of major construction and civil engineering contracts for the first phase of HS2 between London and Birmingham. In March last year, the te...

Duo of shortlists revealed for HS2 station design and master development contracts

Duo of shortlists revealed for HS2 station design and master development contracts

17.07.17: The names of the designers and engineers who are formally in the running to develop detailed plans for three brand new stations and majorly expand London Euston have today been named by HS2 Ltd. The station design contract shortlist, reveal...

Pilot launched to help Midlands SMEs tender HS2 contracts

Pilot launched to help Midlands SMEs tender HS2 contracts

11.07.17: Businesses in the Midlands will benefit from a free pilot programme designed to teach them how to capitalise on contracts with HS2. The free initiative, ‘Get On Track’,  is run by the West Midlands Manufacturing Club (WMMC)...

Queen confirms commitment to bring forward HS2 phase 2 bill

Queen confirms commitment to bring forward HS2 phase 2 bill

21.06.17: The second phase of HS2 received a notable mention in today’s Queen’s Speech during the State Opening of Parliament ceremony. In her speech, the Queen confirmed that a new bill for the project “will be brought forward to d...

Adonis urges supply chain to ‘not be distracted by headlines’ and push on with HS2

Adonis urges supply chain to ‘not be distracted by headlines’ and push on with HS2

15.06.17: The peer leading the National Infrastructure Commission has this week pushed the industry to press on with major projects like HS2 and not be “distracted by headlines”. Speaking at the National Infrastructure Forum, Lord Adonis...

Beth West steps down as HS2 commercial director to join Landsec

Beth West steps down as HS2 commercial director to join Landsec

13.06.17: Another top-level executive at HS2 has left the company with only months left until work begins delivering the £55bn rail project. In an email sent around to staff at the company, commercial director Beth West announced that she would...

Plans to connect HS2 Interchange to Birmingham Airport being explored

Plans to connect HS2 Interchange to Birmingham Airport being explored

24.05.17: Transport bosses in the Midlands are considering proposals to build a terminal building linking the HS2 station to Birmingham Airport. The HS2 Interchange station will be located approximately 1.2 miles away from the airport and, if plans g...

Camden Council opens consultation on HS2 upgrades at Euston

Camden Council opens consultation on HS2 upgrades at Euston

22.05.17: Camden council has today released a plan for the development around and above Euston station in anticipation of works beginning ahead of HS2 going through the area. In the plans, a set of seven principles are set out as central to developme...

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Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

14/05/2019Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

Scrapping the £56bn HS2 project could pave the way for 28 separate local infrastructure schemes to be funded instead with the case “g... more >
DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

14/05/2019DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

The DfT has called for new technologies to revolutionise travel for older people and those with disabilities, but the RMT has “reacted with... more >
First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

13/05/2019First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

HS2 is on the “verge of passing the point of no return” and the amount of money spent would make scrapping the flagship project &ldqu... 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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Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

13/05/2019Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

Professor Meiling Zhu, chair of mechanical engineering and head of the Energy Harvesting Research Group (EHRG) at the University of Exeter, introduces us to Ze-Power (Zero Power, Large Area Rail Track Monitoring): an innovative Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded project aiming to make the railway tracks safer and... more >
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The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

13/05/2019The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch and chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), gives her view on the state of the UK’s ... more >
NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

13/05/2019NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) chief executive Neil Robertson returns to write for RTM, this time, to assess the digital skills shor... more >
Delivering cost-effective electrification

13/05/2019Delivering cost-effective electrification

David Clarke, technical director of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), sets out the findings of a new report on how rail electrification can... more >
5G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

13/05/20195G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

Simon Holmes, group head of digital (engineering) at FirstGroup, introduces us to the 5G solution being delivered for the rail sector.  ... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >