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HS2 likely to create polarisation of high-skill jobs in London, LSE finds

HS2 likely to create polarisation of high-skill jobs in London, LSE finds

19.05.17: Better high-speed rail (HSR) links could lead to highly skilled managerial jobs being “geographically polarised” in London, research conducted by the London School of Economics (LSE) has found. The university looked at the effec...

Industry welcomes manifesto commitments to HS2

Industry welcomes manifesto commitments to HS2

18.05.17: Renewed commitment and investment in HS2 have today been announced by prime minister Theresa May as she launched her party’s manifesto. May also stated that if elected to power, the Conservatives would work to increase capacity on tra...

McNaughton hits back at reports of HS2 going over budget

McNaughton hits back at reports of HS2 going over budget

11.05.17: HS2’s technical director has stated that despite recent trouble with procurement and reports of mounting costs, the opening date of the project and its budget have not changed from original estimates. Talking at Railtex 2017, Professo...

HS2 submits plans to convert disused Curzon Street station entrance

HS2 submits plans to convert disused Curzon Street station entrance

05.05.17: HS2 has submitted planning permission to convert the disused Curzon Street station entrance building into a visitor space when the high-speed terminal comes into service. The company plan to turn the Grade-1 listed entrance building, one of...

Mace decides not to take legal action against HS2

Mace decides not to take legal action against HS2

02.05.17: Contractor Mace has announced that it will not be going through with taking legal action against HS2 Ltd for problems that arose during the procurement of the project’s £170m phase 2b contract. At the end of March, CH2M, the win...

Higgins defends botched HS2 contract despite conflict of interest

Higgins defends botched HS2 contract despite conflict of interest

21.04.17: HS2 Ltd would have likely disqualified CH2M before it even withdrew from the procurement of the Phase 2B development contract for a conflict of interest, as a member of its team had previously worked on HS2 Phase 1, it has been revealed. CH...

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...

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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 >