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Hitachi and Bombardier team up for HS2 train deal as CAF joins the race

Hitachi and Bombardier team up for HS2 train deal as CAF joins the race

04.07.18: In a major and unprecedented move, rail giants Hitachi and Bombardier have announced that they will be joining forces in their bid to design, build and deliver a fleet of bespoke HS2 trains. The two companies had been revealed as bidders fo...

The Green Corridor: More than a railway

The Green Corridor: More than a railway

26.06.18: HS2 will inevitably leave a footprint on the British countryside – but there are extensive plans in place to turn this into an opportunity, not a threat, for the natural environment. Anthony Coumbe, the organisation’s head of environ...

‘Green corridor’ on the way as HS2 looks to revitalise local environments

‘Green corridor’ on the way as HS2 looks to revitalise local environments

26.06.18: New wildlife habitats, native woodlands, and open community spaces are amongst the proposals from HS2 in an effort to help integrate the high-speed line into its surrounding landscape and environment. Along the vast 216km-long Phase 1 route...

Stations, civils, trains and NPR links: HS2 lays out key milestones for year ahead

Stations, civils, trains and NPR links: HS2 lays out key milestones for year ahead

26.06.18: HS2 Ltd has set out key milestones for this financial year, including defined goals around rolling stock procurement, the Phase 1 business case and Phase 2b designs, station and retail provision, environmental planning, franchise mobilisation, a...

HS2 reports ‘significant improvements’ since redundancy payout fiasco

HS2 reports ‘significant improvements’ since redundancy payout fiasco

25.06.18: Following widespread criticism of the company’s excessive redundancy payouts last year, HS2 has made “significant improvements” to its controls environment, including rolling out a new governance regime with clear accountabilit...

Proposals put forward to WYCA for HS2 testing facility and station refurb

Proposals put forward to WYCA for HS2 testing facility and station refurb

06.06.18: Proposals have been made to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) Investment Committee to back new schemes that will create an HS2 testing facility, renovated station plans and a new rail park & ride scheme in the area. The plans...

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...

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Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

21/09/2018Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

Steve Hollis has been announced as the new chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) HS2 growth delivery board. A former chairman... more >
Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

21/09/2018Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

Plans to improve the Doncaster Railway Station have reached phase two of the redevelopment process. Work has begun on the plans, developed b... more >
Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

21/09/2018Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

Northern has unveiled its refurbished Class 158 digital train for passengers, ahead of the new fleet’s complete roll-out by the end of 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >