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Highways England procurement boss moves over to HS2

Highways England procurement boss moves over to HS2

08.01.18: David Poole has been appointed as the new procurement and supply chain director at HS2 Ltd. Poole will lead HS2’s procurement and supply chain teams as the project continues into its construction phase. He will join the organisat...

Consider legal action over HS2 redundancies, MPs say

Consider legal action over HS2 redundancies, MPs say

18.12.17: MPs have called for consideration of legal action over excessive HS2 redundancy payouts. The Public Accounts Committee has criticised the £1.76m of unauthorised payments made during 2016-17 as a “shocking waste of taxpayers&rsqu...

McNaughton steps down as HS2 technical director

McNaughton steps down as HS2 technical director

08.12.17: Professor Andrew McNaughton, technical director at HS2 and the company’s first official employee, is to step down. McNaughton has been working on the £56bn project since 2009 – when he took over as chief engineer – b...

HS2 to spark productivity drive in Midlands, leaders say

HS2 to spark productivity drive in Midlands, leaders say

30.11.17: Businesses in the Midlands have today stated that improved transport connections created by HS2 will reduce inequality between high and low performing regions and push forward productivity growth. In a report published by HS2 Ltd today, may...

HS2 Ltd names new HR director

HS2 Ltd names new HR director

13.11.17: Neil Hayward has been appointed as HS2 Ltd’s new HR director. With over 20 years’ experience under his belt, Hayward has held a number of senior human resources positions in the public and private sector – most recently as gro...

Consultation launched on Crewe HS2 'masterplan'

Consultation launched on Crewe HS2 'masterplan'

08.11.17: Cheshire East Council is to launch a public consultation on its draft Crewe HS2 Masterplan Vision. The announcement comes following unanimous approval by the council’s cabinet yesterday. The document outlines the economic benefits that...

New images of planned £500m Leeds station development revealed

New images of planned £500m Leeds station development revealed

06.11.17: Images revealing how the remodelled Leeds station could look have been revealed today. The images, which have been released as part of the new report, ‘the Leeds integrated station masterplan,’ are based on the set of principles for...

HS2 unveils bidders for lucrative £2.75bn train contracts

HS2 unveils bidders for lucrative £2.75bn train contracts

02.11.17: The shortlist of companies who will compete for the lucrative £2.75bn contract to build the new HS2 fleet have been revealed today. Alstom, Bombardier, Hitachi Rail Europe, Spanish manufacturer Patentes Talgo S.L.U and Siemens PLC wil...

MP accuses former HS2 chief executive of ‘defrauding taxpayers’

MP accuses former HS2 chief executive of ‘defrauding taxpayers’

31.10.17: Former HS2 chief executive Simon Kirby has been accused of defrauding taxpayers after the company made £1.7m in unauthorised redundancy payments. Kirby, now chief operating officer of Rolls-Royce, reportedly received an email from the...

HS2 loses another executive as CFO resigns over redundancy payments

HS2 loses another executive as CFO resigns over redundancy payments

25.10.17: HS2 Ltd has announced that another one of its bosses will leave the company at the end of the financial year. Chief financial officer, Steve Allen, will leave HS2 following irregularities in the project’s redundancy payments that we...

HS2 preparation works ran £200m under budget, says DfT

HS2 preparation works ran £200m under budget, says DfT

23.10.17: Spending on preparation for HS2 went over £200m under budget, according to a report by the Department for Transport. The High Speed Rail (Preparation) Act 2013 Expenditure Report, which details the total spending for the period from 1 Apr...

University of Leeds to develop £10m high-speed rail centre

University of Leeds to develop £10m high-speed rail centre

18.10.17: The University of Leeds is spending £10m on a major high-speed rail technology and system integration centre. The Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration will allow advanced planning, design, construction and manufacturin...

Councillors consider £500m Leeds station upgrade

Councillors consider £500m Leeds station upgrade

12.10.17: Proposals to make £500m worth of changes to Leeds station in order to transform it into an integrated central hub for HS2 have been discussed by councillors this week. The plans, which relate to both the high-speed rail and North...

Griffiths: Future of northern transport hinges on HS2 links with NPR

Griffiths: Future of northern transport hinges on HS2 links with NPR

06.10.17: The future of transport in the north will be defined by how HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will work together, Paul Griffiths, managing director of HS2 Phase 2 has argued. During an informative address to delegates at the TransCityR...

East Midlands outlines plans to ‘put HS2 site to good use’

East Midlands outlines plans to ‘put HS2 site to good use’

04.10.17: A new strategy has been released that outlines how HS2 will add thousands of jobs and billions of pounds to the East Midlands economy. Back in July, the government confirmed the route for phase 2 of HS2, running from the West Midlands throu...

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Banking giant pulls out of blockbuster £1.2bn Network Rail arches deal

18/07/2018Banking giant pulls out of blockbuster £1.2bn Network Rail arches deal

 A partnership targeting the acquisition of Network Rail’s infrastructure arches have dropped out of the major £1.2bn race. ... more >
Final plans submitted for rail-connected Yorkshire hub

18/07/2018Final plans submitted for rail-connected Yorkshire hub

A 276-acre site in Yorkshire could be transformed into a major rail-connected hub servicing the north of England as part of proposals put forward... more >
Scathing letter rips into May timetable chaos, demands Grayling take responsibility

18/07/2018Scathing letter rips into May timetable chaos, demands Grayling take responsibility

Members of the London Assembly have written to Chris Grayling calling on him to take responsibility for the failings of the industry in implement... 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 >