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Bechtel awarded HS2 phase 2b contract after CH2M pulls out

Bechtel awarded HS2 phase 2b contract after CH2M pulls out

19.04.17: US firm Bechtel has been chosen to deliver the £170m phase 2b development partner contract that was previously being completed by CH2M. CH2M decided to pull out of the procurement process at the end of last month after one of the losi...

HSRIL: HS2 must be viewed as a global export

HSRIL: HS2 must be viewed as a global export

12.04.17: Rail leaders have called on the government to view high-speed rail projects as lucrative potential exports, as they described HS2 as: “the most important public investment project in the UK for decades”. In their response to the...

HS2 starts hunt for partners to deliver station developments

HS2 starts hunt for partners to deliver station developments

10.04.17: HS2 has now begun its search for bidders to work on the design and development contracts for four stations that will be built to accommodate the high-speed line. The company is looking for partners to deliver a number of key station project...

HS2 sets out design vision ‘from the pixel to the city’

HS2 sets out design vision ‘from the pixel to the city’

07.04.17: The ambitions for the design of the trouble-stricken HS2 project have been published by the company, revealing that the scheme’s success will be based on three core design principles. The plans come days after the government announced...

Berkeley calls for review of HS2 as predicted Phase 1 costs soar to £48bn

Berkeley calls for review of HS2 as predicted Phase 1 costs soar to £48bn

03.04.17: Developing HS2 Phase 1 from London to the West Midlands will cost an estimated £48bn – double the figure quoted by ministers in December last year, new estimates by QS Michael Byng, the author of the Suite of Rail Method of Measureme...

CH2M pulls out of HS2 Phase 2B development contract

CH2M pulls out of HS2 Phase 2B development contract

30.03.17: CH2M has confirmed that it has withdrawn its interest in the Phase 2B development contract for HS2, the company has revealed. The £170m bid was awarded to the engineering firm in February after an 11-month competitive bidding process...

MP apologises for failing to declare interest during HS2 debates

MP apologises for failing to declare interest during HS2 debates

28.03.17: An MP has apologised in the House of Commons for not declaring publicly that his house was set to be bought by HS2 Ltd when he opposed the high-speed rail project in a parliamentary debate. HS2 Ltd offered to buy properties that would be se...

Award of £8.6bn civil contracts for HS2 pushed back to June

Award of £8.6bn civil contracts for HS2 pushed back to June

24.03.17: A total of £8.6bn worth of civil contracts for the first phase of HS2, which were due to be awarded next month, have been pushed back to June, RTM has been told. Bidders have been informed that the procurement process has been delayed...

Do we have credible costing methods for major projects?

Do we have credible costing methods for major projects?

06.03.17: Lord Berkeley, chairman of the Rail Freight Group and member of RTM’s editorial board, questions the methodology of estimating costs on major projects, including Great Western electrification. For some time I have been strongly critic...

HS2 development partner award delayed as losing firm launches query

HS2 development partner award delayed as losing firm launches query

27.02.17: HS2 Ltd has delayed formally awarding the contract for a phase 2b development partner to CH2M whilst it holds talks with under-bidder Mace about the decision. CH2M was named the winner for the deal earlier this month after an 11-month compe...

HS2 finally given green light in overwhelming Parliament vote

HS2 finally given green light in overwhelming Parliament vote

23.02.17: Phase one for the HS2 project has today finally been given royal assent in Parliament, meaning that work on the long-awaited high-speed rail network can now officially go ahead. With construction set to begin in the spring, today sees the l...

HS2 potential to northern connectivity not to be underestimated, says Percy

HS2 potential to northern connectivity not to be underestimated, says Percy

22.02.17: Minister for the Northern Powerhouse Andrew Percy has today promised to address the disparity in per-capita spend between the north and the south, but has also said not to “underestimate” the value of southern investment in Crossrail...

HS2 can ‘only be as good as local rail connections make it’

HS2 can ‘only be as good as local rail connections make it’

17.02.17: It is of vital importance that investment in the conventional rail network continues over the next 20 years during the development of HS2 to ensure that West Yorkshire becomes “truly HS2-ready” and the project’s benefits can be...

HS2 names phase 2b development partner in string of contract awards

HS2 names phase 2b development partner in string of contract awards

13.02.17: Plans to bring HS2 to Manchester and Leeds have made significant progress as contracts for a phase 2b development partner and engineering and environmental consultants were finally awarded. HS2 Ltd confirmed that CH2M will become its phase...

HS2 Sheffield Meadowhall station ‘still on the table’

HS2 Sheffield Meadowhall station ‘still on the table’

07.02.17: Transport minister Andrew Jones has confirmed that the proposed high-speed South Yorkshire station at Sheffield Meadowhall is “still on the table”, despite recommendations made by the chair of HS2 Ltd Sir David Higgins. The conf...

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

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Repoint: revolutionising track switch

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Network Rail & Innovate UK: Ready for the future

15/01/2019Network Rail & Innovate UK: Ready for the future

As part of its Open for Business programme, Network Rail recently teamed up with Innovate UK to give businesses a chance to win a share of £... more >
CP6: Room for improvement

15/01/2019CP6: Room for improvement

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), assesses Network Rail’s confirmed spending plans for CP6. Th... more >

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Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

20/12/2018Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

In November, the first ever Rail Ombudsman was established in a bid to give passengers a free independent service to allow passengers to claim co... more >