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HS2 considering future of ‘no prior knowledge’ compensation requirement

HS2 considering future of ‘no prior knowledge’ compensation requirement

26.08.16: Homeowners affected by HS2 may be entitled to compensation even if they bought their property knowing it could be affected by the high-speed rail project, the chairman of HS2 has said. As part of ongoing efforts to address concerns that HS2...

HS2 announces shortlist for phase 2 consultant contracts worth £520m

HS2 announces shortlist for phase 2 consultant contracts worth £520m

23.08.16: HS2 Ltd has announced the shortlists for two new contracts for phase 2 of the high-speed rail project. The first contract, worth £350m, is for civils design and environmental services for the sections of the route from Crewe to Manche...

HS2 construction bid partnership appoints new MD

HS2 construction bid partnership appoints new MD

23.08.16: One of the partnerships bidding for the HS2 civil engineering contracts has appointed a new managing director to oversee its bid. David Blackburn, managing director of major projects at GallifordTry Infrastructure Ltd, will lead the Momentu...

May tells Camden Council leader she is ‘fully committed’ to HS2

May tells Camden Council leader she is ‘fully committed’ to HS2

22.08.16: Camden Council has accused the government of ignoring residents’ concerns about HS2 after both prime minister Theresa May and transport secretary Chris Grayling reaffirmed their commitment to the project. Camden, which is the home of...

DfT updates HS2 safeguarding directions after Commons scrutiny

DfT updates HS2 safeguarding directions after Commons scrutiny

19.08.16: The DfT has updated the safeguarding directions to local planning authorities situated along the phase 1 route of HS2 after a number of changes agreed during the House of Commons Select Committee scrutiny. The improvements to the route made...

Brexit vote means HS3 must be prioritised over HS2 and Crossrail 2, says IPPR

Brexit vote means HS3 must be prioritised over HS2 and Crossrail 2, says IPPR

09.08.16: Work must be “brought urgently forward” on the proposed HS3 east-west rail project, even if this means that it takes priority over HS2, a leading think tank has said in a new report making the case for faster investment in the north....

HS2 appoints interim construction commissioner

HS2 appoints interim construction commissioner

28.07.16: HS2 has appointed an interim commissioner to mediate in disputes arising from the construction of the high-speed rail. Gareth Epps’ role will include ensuring that people affected by HS2 know who the construction commissioner is...

Changed HS2 Sheffield route puts more pressure on TfN and Northern Powerhouse Rail

Changed HS2 Sheffield route puts more pressure on TfN and Northern Powerhouse Rail

27.07.16: Changes to the HS2 route through Sheffield have been met with a mixed reaction from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), which warned that they put more pressure on Transport for the North and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) to make the...

HS2 accused of not listening to Camden residents over ‘paltry’ reduction in bridge height

HS2 accused of not listening to Camden residents over ‘paltry’ reduction in bridge height

25.07.16: HS2 Ltd’s new plans for the Hampstead Road Bridge in Camden have been criticised by the leader of Camden Council, who said residents weren’t consulted about the changes. As part of the construction of the high-speed rail, HS2 Lt...

Midlands Rail Hub needed to deliver 10 extra services an hour

Midlands Rail Hub needed to deliver 10 extra services an hour

22.07.16: Rail connections in the Midlands will need funding to meet growing pressures on capacity, a new report has said. Midlands Connect, a group of 28 local authorities and 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships, has published the interim report of a &...

NAO head cautions against ‘unrealistic expectations’ for HS2 following Brexit

NAO head cautions against ‘unrealistic expectations’ for HS2 following Brexit

22.07.16: Balancing HS2 with other major infrastructure projects will be more challenging than ever in light of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, the head of the National Audit Office (NAO) has said. Speaking at the Institute for Gover...

Rail projects likely to lose staff and investment following Brexit – Balfour Beatty

Rail projects likely to lose staff and investment following Brexit – Balfour Beatty

21.07.16: The EU referendum result is likely to lead to a prolonged period of uncertainty for UK infrastructure projects, Balfour Beatty has warned. A new paper from the company, ‘Infrastructure 2050: Future Infrastructure Need’, says tha...

HS2 works to cause ‘difficult period’ for rail network – Frobisher

HS2 works to cause ‘difficult period’ for rail network – Frobisher

19.07.16: Work to upgrade Euston Station to prepare for HS2 will increase the risk of delays, Martin Frobisher of Network Rail has told the Transport Select Committee. At a hearing as part of the committee’s inquiry into improving passenger ser...

No plans to back away from HS2, says Grayling

No plans to back away from HS2, says Grayling

18.07.16: Chris Grayling, the newly appointed transport secretary, has confirmed the new government is still committed to building HS2. In an interview with Radio 4’s The World This Weekend, Grayling said: “I have no plans to back away fr...

HS2 worried about long-term Brexit impact

HS2 worried about long-term Brexit impact

15.07.16: HS2 Ltd’s director of finance and operations has said he is “worried” about the long-term impact of Brexit on the £56bn high-speed line project. Speaking at annual conference of The Chartered Institute of Public Fina...

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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Program in Sydney by Transp... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

14/12/2018Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. The Financial Times b... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for almost seven years with ... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >