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HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

17.10.18: Councillors have endorsed a “milestone” plan to transform Leeds station in preparation for HS2 arriving in the region. The Leeds City Council executive board approved the strategic outline business case, the detailed transformat...

HS2 Phase 2 boss defends 12-month bill delay: ‘We actually proposed this ourselves’

HS2 Phase 2 boss defends 12-month bill delay: ‘We actually proposed this ourselves’

16.10.18: The outgoing boss of HS2 Phase 2b has defended the one-year setback in introducing legislation to Parliament, arguing that the move was “essential” to ensure the benefits of Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) play a role in the final bil...

New images of Birmingham and Solihull’s HS2 stations revealed

New images of Birmingham and Solihull’s HS2 stations revealed

09.10.18: New images have been released that show what the planned HS2 stations for Birmingham and Solihull could look like when completed. The images are to be released at a series of events throughout October, the first of which will be held at Bir...

Euston site cleared for new HS2 approach tunnel

Euston site cleared for new HS2 approach tunnel

05.10.18: HS2 work to demolish former carriage sheds at Euston station has been completed, revealing the full scale of the approach tunnel for the new high-speed rail link’s London terminal for the first time. The nine-month demolition of the o...

HS2 recruits ex-St Pancras boss as new director for stations

HS2 recruits ex-St Pancras boss as new director for stations

02.10.18: HS2 has appointed Mike Luddy, the former director of St Pancras’ restoration, as the co-ordinator of commercial development at all four HS2 phase one stations. Luddy joined HS2 this week from the Royal Docks Management Authority (RoDM...

Work begins on high-speed rail in Birmingham as Tories quarrel over HS2 future

Work begins on high-speed rail in Birmingham as Tories quarrel over HS2 future

02.10.18: Chris Grayling and West Midlands Mayor Andy Street marked the start of the construction of the HS2 high speed rail line in Birmingham, at the same time as Conservative ministers argued over HS2’s future at their party conference. The...

Chancellor unveils new funding for East Midlands HS2 station and airport expansion

Chancellor unveils new funding for East Midlands HS2 station and airport expansion

02.10.18: The chancellor has revealed new funding for a locally-led development body for HS2’s East Midlands Hub station. Giving a speech at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham yesterday, Philip Hammond unveiled the funding earmarke...

Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

21.09.18: Steve Hollis has been announced as the new chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) HS2 growth delivery board. A former chairman of EFL Championship team Aston Villa, Hollis will oversee the £4.4bn budget as the HS2 Growth...

HS2 land purchase costs triple in six years, ‘significant uncertainty’ remains

HS2 land purchase costs triple in six years, ‘significant uncertainty’ remains

14.09.18: HS2 Ltd’s acquisition of properties has been criticised for soaring costs and slow payments in the National Audit Office’s (NAO’s) latest report on the scheme. Only half of advance payments to claimants have been completed...

New centre in Birmingham as part of Bombardier and Hitachi’s HS2 bid launch

New centre in Birmingham as part of Bombardier and Hitachi’s HS2 bid launch

12.09.18: A brand-new HS2 bid centre will be based at the Millennium Point in Birmingham as part of Hitachi and Bombardier’s joint venture for the £2.75bn rolling stock contract, which was officially launched today. In a public announceme...

HS2 boss quits just a day after Phase 2 bill suffers 12-month setback

HS2 boss quits just a day after Phase 2 bill suffers 12-month setback

04.09.18: HS2 Ltd has announced that Paul Griffiths, the managing director for Phase 2, is to leave the company after three years – one day after it was reported that the northern leg of the £56bn project would be delayed by 12 months. Gr...

Alstom: Creating something special

Alstom: Creating something special

04.09.18: Jason Baldock, director of high-speed rail at Alstom UK & Ireland, takes a journey through the company’s high-speed rail heritage to demonstrate what sets it apart in the race to build HS2’s shiny new rolling stock. As the o...

Hitachi & Bombardier: A high-speed legacy

Hitachi & Bombardier: A high-speed legacy

04.09.18: Barrie Cottam and Rob Davies, Hitachi Rail and Bombardier HS2 joint venture bid directors, explain how the two companies would harness their railway heritage and global reputation to deliver a world-class fleet for the high-speed line. Hita...

HS2 Leeds depot: Driving more than just trains

HS2 Leeds depot: Driving more than just trains

04.09.18: In July, the government confirmed Leeds as the site of the new HS2 eastern leg rolling stock depot. Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) board member, explains how her region is ready...

Siemens: Unrivalled experience

Siemens: Unrivalled experience

04.09.18: Siemens has a well-established footprint in the UK and has long been a part of its industrial heritage. Now, with HS2 just around the corner, it could go one step further and deliver the most reliable and advanced trains for the brand-new high-s...

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Network Rail seeks £45m integration partner for ECML digital railway

20/11/2018Network Rail seeks £45m integration partner for ECML digital railway

Network Rail has today launched the search for a private-sector partner to deliver a major digital railway transformation across the East Coast M... more >
ORR launches review into Delay Repay claims companies

20/11/2018ORR launches review into Delay Repay claims companies

The ORR has today launched a review into the role of Delay Repay claims companies in assisting customers with compensation claims when their rail... more >
Greater Anglia installs innovative WSP braking system across rural services

20/11/2018Greater Anglia installs innovative WSP braking system across rural services

Greater Anglia has fitted an innovative new braking system known as Wheel Slide Protection (WSP) to more of the rural trains across its network. ... 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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Crossrail and Crossrail 2: in the public eye

20/11/2018Crossrail and Crossrail 2: in the public eye

Since the shock announcement of the delay to Crossrail in September, taxpayers and decision-makers alike have been anxious to find out the latest updates to the two projects. RTM’s Jack Donnelly headed to Whitehall to report on what their bosses have to say about the schemes. Despite noting the “great frustration” of Lon... more >
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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 >
Maintaining light rail

20/11/2018Maintaining light rail

Dr Adam Bevan, Professor Paul Allen and Professor Jay Jaiswal, of the Institute of Railway Research, take a look at new rail asset management tec... more >
dessan Design in the digital railway

20/11/2018dessan Design in the digital railway

Denise Watkins, business development manager at Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe (HICSE), discusses her organisation’s exciting n... more >
Challenging the perceptions of rail

13/11/2018Challenging the perceptions of rail

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’... 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 >