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HS2 must be ‘X-shaped’ to bring high-speed services to left-behind regions

HS2 must be ‘X-shaped’ to bring high-speed services to left-behind regions

29.05.18: Integrating the HS2 project into the national network could help close the UK’s productivity gap with other G7 economies and inject “rocket fuel” into the economy, a new report from Greengauge 21 has said. The report, &lsq...

HS2 to engage with Phase 2b route communities

HS2 to engage with Phase 2b route communities

24.05.18: HS2 Ltd. is to hold community events along the Phase 2b route. Teams from the company will visit 30 locations along the government’s preferred route, which was announced in July 2017, to engage with the public and discuss the progress of...

MPs grill Grayling on Carillion and EY ‘conflict of interest’ over HS2 finances

MPs grill Grayling on Carillion and EY ‘conflict of interest’ over HS2 finances

22.05.18: MPs have written to transport secretary Chris Grayling to ask if he was aware that the Big Four accountancy firm EY was advising Carillion on its finances whilst concurrently advising HS2 Ltd on the perilous state of Carillion’s finances. ...

Sheffield HS2 station vision revealed

Sheffield HS2 station vision revealed

17.05.18: Sheffield City Council has revealed a vision of how its new HS2 station might look. The image forms part of the Sheffield City Centre Plan, which is intended to cover development in the city until 2028. A consultation has been launched today...

Birmingham International station set for £286m revamp

Birmingham International station set for £286m revamp

03.05.18: The plans for a £286m revamp of Birmingham International station have been revealed after it secured more than £9m for a redesign project in preparation for the arrival of HS2. Over £9m has been awarded to the Urban G...

Grayling approves HS2 sidings proposals

Grayling approves HS2 sidings proposals

23.04.18: Chris Grayling has approved proposals to contract new railway sidings for HS2. New sidings are thought to be needed to replace those displaced by the HS2 Phase One rail lines. Under the Transport and Works 1992 Act, an application was made t...

Government finalises plans for HS2 Crewe Hub

Government finalises plans for HS2 Crewe Hub

12.03.18: The government has clarified plans for a new Crewe Hub that will give more people access to HS2. Included in the plans are a high speed rail service to Stoke-on-Trent and a redesigned junction at Crewe. Transport secretary, Chris Grayling, l...

West Midlands transport leaders meet to discuss reducing HS2 disruption

West Midlands transport leaders meet to discuss reducing HS2 disruption

05.03.18: The potential for significant disruption to the West Midlands’ motorway and road networks needs to be managed during the construction of HS2, political and transport leaders have agreed. Transport minister Jesse Norman, mayor of the West...

Northern mayors to launch ‘NPR convention’ to combat HS2 cost-cutting fears

Northern mayors to launch ‘NPR convention’ to combat HS2 cost-cutting fears

27.02.18: Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham and Liverpool city mayor Steve Rotherham have jointly called for the development of a Convention of the North, which would deal with issues surrounding the future of Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR). The...

Grayling granted injunction to stop protestors trespassing on HS2 construction site

Grayling granted injunction to stop protestors trespassing on HS2 construction site

20.02.18: Chris Grayling has this week been granted an injunction to stop campaigners protesting the construction of HS2 on site. DfT demanded the injunction to prevent eight protestors demonstrating on site where the high-speed line in the Colne Val...

Passengers want technology to create ‘personalised experience’ on HS2 trains

Passengers want technology to create ‘personalised experience’ on HS2 trains

12.02.18: The technology used for HS2 should serve a purpose and not appear “gimmicky,” passengers have this week told the industry. New research by passenger watchdog Transport Focus revealed findings uncovered through its partnership with...

Euston and Old Oak Common HS2 builders invited to tender

Euston and Old Oak Common HS2 builders invited to tender

05.02.18: HS2 Ltd has now confirmed the shortlist of bidders who have been invited to tender for two major new London station construction contracts. In August last year, the organisation announced that it was on the lookout for builders who could push a...

Handful of winners awarded major HS2 station design deals

Handful of winners awarded major HS2 station design deals

05.02.18: In a much-anticipated move, HS2 Ltd has now named the architects, designers and engineers who will be responsible for developing and refining detailed plans for the four new stations along the scheme’s route. The companies will be awarded...

HS2 seeking contractors for £1.55bn M&E contracts

HS2 seeking contractors for £1.55bn M&E contracts

30.01.18: HS2 Ltd has today opened the initial bidding on £1.55bn of mechanical and electrical (M&E) work on sections of line between London, Birmingham and Crewe. The contracts involve track and overhead catenary system works, as well as t...

2018: The year of opportunity for HS2

2018: The year of opportunity for HS2

23.01.18: Momentum continues to gather pace up and down the country as this year’s major HS2 milestones begin to approach, writes John Downer, director of High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL). Last year saw the construction of HS2 – B...

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TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

20/07/2018TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

A landmark collaboration between two of the UK’s biggest regions has been signed to pave the way to improve rail transport between the area... more >
DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

19/07/2018DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

GTR could be at risk of losing control of its franchise as early as this month depending on the outcome of a “hard review” into wheth... more >
Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

19/07/2018Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman, Sir David Higgins, has urged the government to make a decision on proposals to create a parkway station on the... 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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HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE), talk about four new HS2 research projects which are set to challenge how we design, build and monitor high-speed rail projects. No one doubts that HS2 must provide a platform for innovation, bu... more >
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Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

17/07/2018Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail and the Elizabeth Line, outlines the key features of the brand-new, eco-friendly Old Oak Common de... more >
iRail: investing in the future

17/07/2018iRail: investing in the future

The rail industry today faces many challenges, one of those being the skills gap in high- speed rail. However, events like iRail are doing their ... more >
HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)... more >
Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

17/07/2018Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

Hydrogen-powered trains are already a reality in other rail networks in Europe. Now, working alongside Eversholt Rail, Alstom UK plans to bring t... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >