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Sir Terry Morgan drops London City Airport job to focus on HS2

Sir Terry Morgan drops London City Airport job to focus on HS2

31 August 2018Sir Terry Morgan CBE has decided to step down from his role as chairman of London City Airport to focus solely on HS2. The former Crossrail boss joined HS2 Ltd last month as chairman, taking over from Sir David Higgins after being appointed by tr...

Solihull council gets £10.2m cash boost for HS2

Solihull council gets £10.2m cash boost for HS2

28 August 2018Solihull Council has secured £10.2m from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WCMA) to deliver transport and infrastructure investment in the area ahead of HS2. The combined investment in the plans will underpin the growth potential of the...

Atkins-led consortium to lead the way on Sheffield HS2 station masterplan

Atkins-led consortium to lead the way on Sheffield HS2 station masterplan

21 August 2018Sheffield City Council has chosen Atkins to lead a consortium of architects and engineers to develop a new masterplan to transform Sheffield Midland Railway Station in its preparation for the arrival of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR). Atk...

High-speed Liverpool to Manchester line a ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’,  transport chiefs say

High-speed Liverpool to Manchester line a ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’, transport chiefs say

21 August 2018A new high-speed line between Liverpool and Manchester is a “once-in-a generation opportunity,” and would cut journey times from the two cities to around 20 minutes, transport chiefs have said. Merseytravel chief executive Frank Roger...

Talgo launches legal bid against HS2 ‘botched’ £2.8bn train procurement

Talgo launches legal bid against HS2 ‘botched’ £2.8bn train procurement

14 August 2018HS2 Ltd is facing a fresh legal challenge from Spanish manufacturer Talgo over what it argues has been “botched” £2.8bn rolling stock procurement process. The Madrid-based company was shortlisted as one of the five suppliers to...

Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

10 August 2018The former boss of Carillion’s UK infrastructure business is set to take over Balfour Beatty Vinci to lead its HS2 joint venture. Mark Davies will replace Mark Cutler—who taking up a job elsewhere after being at the helm of the JV sin...

One in four HS2 staff paid over £100k a year, data shows

One in four HS2 staff paid over £100k a year, data shows

08 August 2018A quarter of staff members working on the HS2 project are paid over £100 in their yearly salary, startling new data has found. Salaries and perks over £100,000 were paid to 318 HS2 Ltd officials last year, which is more than double th...

Amey wins HS2 substations power deal

Amey wins HS2 substations power deal

07 August 2018Infrastructure giant Amey, which in 2016-17 was Network Rail’s third biggest supplier, has landed an HS2 construction contract to provide power for a part of the build stage. The company will design, build and install two new temporary subs...

Extra £43bn needed to make the most of HS2, NIC chair says

Extra £43bn needed to make the most of HS2, NIC chair says

07 August 2018A massive £43bn in extra funding is needed to ensure people can make the most of the HS2 project, the government’s infrastructure tsar has said. Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) Sir John Armitt called on the gover...

Groundbreaking ‘HS4Air’ line proposed, slashing Heathrow to Gatwick travel to just 15 minutes

Groundbreaking ‘HS4Air’ line proposed, slashing Heathrow to Gatwick travel to just 15 minutes

27 July 2018Passengers could connect from Heathrow to Gatwick in just 15 minutes with new £10bn plans to create a high-speed HS4 line. Proposals developed by engineering consultants Expedition say that “HS4Air” (High Speed for Air) will con...

Independent HS2 construction commissioner announced

Independent HS2 construction commissioner announced

25 July 2018Sir Mark Worthington has been appointed as the new HS2 construction commissioner. Sir Mark will investigate any complaints and unresolved disputes from those affected by the new high-speed service and provide independent advice on making a compla...

Former AECOM infrastructure boss joins HS2 top team

Former AECOM infrastructure boss joins HS2 top team

23 July 2018The chief executive of an international construction firm will join HS2 Ltd as its chief operating officer. Richard Robinson will join HS2 from AECOM, where he was chief executive of civil infrastructure in Europe, the Middle East, India and Afri...

Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

19 July 2018HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman, Sir David Higgins, has urged the government to make a decision on proposals to create a parkway station on the high-speed line to serve the South Yorkshire areas as a whole. In a major report released today, Hig...

Rail fares must be simplified if HS2 is to ‘raise the bar’ as promised

Rail fares must be simplified if HS2 is to ‘raise the bar’ as promised

19 July 2018Railway fares must be simplified if HS2 is to bring a step change to the way passengers travel on the network, argued Sir David Higgins. Writing in a major new report, HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman said fares must become simpler and easier fo...

HS2 will be on par with Japan’s punctual bullet train, with issues ‘designed out of the system’

HS2 will be on par with Japan’s punctual bullet train, with issues ‘designed out of the system’

19 July 2018HS2 Ltd has promised that the mammoth project connecting London to the Midlands and the north will transform the country’s travel in the same way that the world’s first-ever high-speed rail line – Japan’s Tōkaidō Shinkansen...

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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 challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

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Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >