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Construction Commissioner to manage HS2 Phase 2a

Construction Commissioner to manage HS2 Phase 2a

19 May 2020Sir Mark Worthington OBE will now be responsible for managing issues and relationships between HS2 Ltd and individuals or bodies relating to construction work on both Phase One, from London to Birmingham, and Phase 2a, West Midlands to Crewe. In...

Balfour Beatty VINCI appoint new MD to lead its HS2 project

Balfour Beatty VINCI appoint new MD to lead its HS2 project

06 May 2020Balfour Beatty VINCI today (May 5) announced the appointment of Michael Dyke as Managing Director. He will be responsible for providing leadership for the delivery of its HS2 main civil engineering contracts between the Long Itchington Wood Green...

HS2 commence search for lift and escalator suppliers

HS2 commence search for lift and escalator suppliers

23 April 2020The search for contractors to design, deliver and maintain almost 300 state-of-the-art lifts and escalators for HS2’s four major new stations began yesterday (Apr 22.) 168 lifts and 128 escalators will be fitted across the project, helping...

HS2 welcomes Government approval to issue Notice to Proceed

HS2 welcomes Government approval to issue Notice to Proceed

15 April 2020Today (April 15th) the Department for Transport (DfT) has given the go ahead for HS2 Ltd to issue Notice to Proceed to the four Main Works Civils Contractors working on the project, SCS Railways, Align JV, EKFB JV, and BBV JV, to commence full det...

Ep.9 Navigating the freight world, Debbie Francis

Ep.9 Navigating the freight world, Debbie Francis

25 March 2020Debbie Francis, Direct Rail Services, joins us in the RTM Podcast room to discuss the rail industry from a freight perspective. Debbie is a rail fanatic, leading the way in a male dominated area of the rail industry. With hosts Matt Roberts and A...

Lord Berkeley calls for six month delay to HS2

Lord Berkeley calls for six month delay to HS2

25 March 2020In light of the current coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the nation and the world, Lord Berkeley has published a letter to the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps calling for HS2 to be paused for six months. At...

Railway Industry Association responds to the 2020 budget

Railway Industry Association responds to the 2020 budget

11 March 2020Today the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced the 2020 budget. Among his announcements, he confirmed reports that the government will increase spending on infrastructure. "We’re going to build broadband, railway, roads, he...

The importance of SMEs to HS2 - Monica Barbosa, Xrail

The importance of SMEs to HS2 - Monica Barbosa, Xrail

10 March 2020In light of TransCityRail Midlands coming up in July, we asked our strategic partner Xrail’s Director of Business Development and Communications Monica Barbosa, what they have planned for discussion at the conference. To start things off we...

Work has begun on HS2’s Interchange station site near Birmingham Airport

Work has begun on HS2’s Interchange station site near Birmingham Airport

06 March 2020The site is situated within a triangle of land between the M42, A45 and A452. Current work includes construction of linked bridges over the M42 and A446, and reshaping of the road network in the area to facilitate access to the new station, as wel...

High-speed rail promised for the North by HS2 Minister

High-speed rail promised for the North by HS2 Minister

27 February 2020At the beginning of February, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that HS2 will go ahead and the London-Birmingham phase will commence immediately. The PM also confirmed that HS2 would be built in the north to Manchester and Leeds which are pa...

Ep 8 Safely shaping a sustainable railway, Martin Frobisher

Ep 8 Safely shaping a sustainable railway, Martin Frobisher

20 February 2020Martin Frobisher, Group director, Safety, Technical & Engineering and Network Rail, joins us in the RTM Podcast room to discuss the renewable railway of the future and safety on the track. As a Director of industry giant, Network Rail, Martin...

HS2’s latest designs for Old Oak Common Station revealed

HS2’s latest designs for Old Oak Common Station revealed

20 February 2020HS2 Ltd yesterday (Feb 19th) revealed designs for Old Oak Common Station, as part of the Schedule 17 submission to the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC). The station, which is situated in West London, will deliver a world-clas...

Government gives the green light for HS2

Government gives the green light for HS2

11 February 2020This afternooon Boris Johnson annouced in the House of Commons that HS2 will go ahead. He said: ""We face a historic choice, we can try to get by with existing routes from north to south or we can have the guts to take a decision, no matter how d...

Lord Berkeley addresses government in letter to Grant Shapps over HS2

Lord Berkeley addresses government in letter to Grant Shapps over HS2

05 February 2020Debate around HS2 remains constant and divisive, with both sides arguing potential benefits to the Northern region should the project either go ahead or be shelved.

Ep 7. A system built around passengers, Robert Nisbet

Ep 7. A system built around passengers, Robert Nisbet

04 February 2020Regional Director for the Rail Delivery Group and former journalist for Sky News and the BBC, Robert Nisbet joins us in the studio to discuss his career move into the rail industry and how technology is improving Britain’s railways year on y...

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Northern supports song writing workshops in the community

10/08/2020Northern supports song writing workshops in the community

As part of the Northern supported project Lyric and Line, singer-song writer Gareth Davies-Jones has been working with three groups with addition... more >
HS2 searching for high voltage power supply systems

10/08/2020HS2 searching for high voltage power supply systems

With the green light for construction given a few weeks ago, HS2 have today (10 Aug) began the search for expert contractors to deliver the high ... more >
HS2 installs new bridge over M42 in just two days

10/08/2020HS2 installs new bridge over M42 in just two days

A 65-metre bridge was installed in just two days and ahead of schedule as the motorway opened 22 hours earlier than planned. The works near ... 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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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. ... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >