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‘Imminent’ announcement due on HS2 phase 2 route

‘Imminent’ announcement due on HS2 phase 2 route

11.11.16: An “imminent” announcement on HS2 phase 2 is due to be made, delegates at last night’s TransCityRail North dinner were told. During the Q&A session on Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) at the black-tie dinner, Duncan Suth...

Greengauge 21 calls for HS2 to ‘get serious’ about service plans

Greengauge 21 calls for HS2 to ‘get serious’ about service plans

10.11.16: HS2 Ltd should ensure that key northern and midland locations are not disadvantaged by the high-speed line by improving service plans such as adding a new hourly service via Stoke-on-Trent, high-speed rail consultancy Greengauge 21 advised ...

Franchise combines WCML services with HS2 in ‘seamless integration’

Franchise combines WCML services with HS2 in ‘seamless integration’

04.11.16: A major new franchise will combine existing InterCity West Coast (ICWC) services, currently run by Virgin Trains, with the development and introduction of HS2 services, the DfT has announced today – settling doubts about whether the line w...

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...

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Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

22/03/2019Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

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New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

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FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

22/03/2019FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

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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 West Midlands 30-year strategy

19/03/2019The West Midlands 30-year strategy

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. The West Midlands Rail Executive was formed three years ago to give local authorities a direct influence over the award of the region’s main rail franchise. Working with the Department for Transpo... more >
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26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
East West Rail: the next steps

19/03/2019East West Rail: the next steps

In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

19/03/2019Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >