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HS2 will boost growth outside of London and Birmingham – report

18.02.11: Research published this week suggests HS2 will open up business opportunities far beyond London and the major cities, despite the scepticism and opposition of people in rural areas and small towns along the planned route. Pro-HS2 research c...

Cross-party HS2 consensus in danger of collapse

11.02.11: Labour is equivocating over high-speed rail despite the arguments of its own MPs in Birmingham and other cities that their communities will benefit from the line. Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle has refused to pledge to fund the line...

HS2 a wasteful ‘railway for the rich’ - report

HS2 a wasteful ‘railway for the rich’ - report

04.02.11: HS2 will be a waste of billions of pounds to benefit only the “well-off few”, according to pressure group the TaxPayers’ Alliance. Although the group is well known for favouring road over rail, the critical report was writ...

Huge jobs boost from HS2 - Osborne

Huge jobs boost from HS2 - Osborne

28.01.11: High Speed 2 will create 10,000 construction jobs and thousands of permanent rail industry posts, Chancellor George Osborne has pledged. Travel times between London and Birmingham could shrink to as little as half an hour once high-speed se...

Two million trees for high-speed rail route

Two million trees for high-speed rail route

07.01.11: Millions of trees will be planted to shelter homes from the proposed HS2 line between London and Birmingham. The Government is expected to announce today that the 2m trees will deaden the noise, keep the trains from view and boost the local...

High speed line essential to west coast, influential rail strategy finds

10.12.10: A new high-speed line between London, Birmingham and Manchester will be essential in preventing overcrowding on the busy west coast main line, a Network Rail report has found. The report, the West Coast Main Line Route Utilisation Strategy:...

High speed hopes for Mott MacDonald

High speed hopes for Mott MacDonald

22.10.10: The engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald has been appointed as the engineering advisor to High Speed Two, the group charged with formulating plans for Britain’s high speed network. Tony Walker, Mott MacDonald’s project manager...

SNP questions high speed plans

SNP questions high speed plans

08.10.10: Britain’s high speed rail plans have been attacked by a member of the Scottish National Party. SNP Westminster Business and Enterprise spokesperson Mike Weir MP said: “Scotland has been snubbed again by the Tories, just treated...

Two high speed lines to come from Birmingham

Two high speed lines to come from Birmingham

08.10.10: The transport secretary, Philip Hammond, has announced plans for two high speed lines to originate from Birmingham. Philip Hammond MP announced the plans - which would be great news for rail jobs – at the Conservative Party Conference...

Bills soaring at High Speed

Bills soaring at High Speed

27.08.10: It has been said that the government will face a far higher bill than expected from home owners looking to sell their houses along the proposed High Speed Rail route. Local campaigners have said that the Exceptional Hardship Scheme fund, wh...

Hundreds call for High Speed Rail 2 to be scrapped

Hundreds call for High Speed Rail 2 to be scrapped

20.08.10: Following a Treasury initiative which allowed voters to email their suggestions of how they would like the government to reduce its spending, hundreds have called for the high speed rail link to be scrapped. Many have complained that the hi...

No local veto over High Speed Rail

No local veto over High Speed Rail

30.07.10: The Transport Secretary Philip Hammond has said that no local communities will be given the opportunity to veto the government’s high speed rail plans. He has said that they will receive help to accommodate any changes to their commun...

Concerns raised over High Speed One sale

Concerns raised over High Speed One sale

25.06.10: MPs have voiced their concerns over the sale of Britain’s only high speed rail link, which runs between London St Pancreas and the channel tunnel. Louise Ellman MP, chair of the transport select committee, said: “These are strat...

High speed for half price?

04.06.10: A new report being considered by ministers has found that a high speed rail network could be built for around half the amount which High Speed Two had predicted. The report found that much of the cost would have come from weaving the networ...

Trouble brewing for high speed plans

Trouble brewing for high speed plans

26.03.10: MPs are reporting a backlash against high speed rail plans in their constituencies, as residents worry about the effect which the line would have on their communities. Some are worried about the affect on house prices in their areas and oth...

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‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

19/02/2019‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

Scottish Labour and union leaders have called on the government to take the Springburn depot under public control as ministers debate the depot&r... more >
South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

19/02/2019South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

Strike action by workers on the South Western Railway (SWR) have been suspended after a “significant breakthrough” was made in the lo... more >
MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

19/02/2019MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

More than 20 MPs from Liverpool and Manchester have signed a commitment to support rail investment in the north west. The pledge, which was ... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >