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HS2 progress report released

HS2 progress report released

24 January 2020Today (Jan 24) the latest update on the rail project High Speed Two was released by the National Audit Office. The report says The Department for Transport, HS2 Ltd and government have widely miscalculated the task, leading to ambitious esti...

RIA responds to Lord Berkeley’s HS2 ‘minority’ review report

RIA responds to Lord Berkeley’s HS2 ‘minority’ review report

06 January 2020Former deputy chair of the Oakervee Review of the HS2 project, Lord Tony Berkeley, published a report yesterday (Jan 5) stating that parliament was ‘misled’ over ‘out of control’ costs that he believes could reach over &pou...

FirstGroup and Trenitalia announce new MDs for partnership

FirstGroup and Trenitalia announce new MDs for partnership

27 November 2019The joint takeover of the West Coast Mainline between FirstGroup and Trenitalia will take place on the 8th of December. They announced yesterday (26 Nov) the appointment of their two Managing Directors. Phil Whittingham, Managing Director of Virg...

FTA asks government to guarantee the future of HS2 for freight

FTA asks government to guarantee the future of HS2 for freight

18 November 2019The recent HS2 review uncertainty has prompted Freight Transport Association (FTA) to request confirmation from government on the future of HS2. FTA is calling on government to secure the high-speed railway’s future and ensure businesses ca...

RIA launch RAIL 2050 Manifesto ahead of general election

RIA launch RAIL 2050 Manifesto ahead of general election

13 November 2019Railway Industry Association (RIA) has launched the Rail 2050 Manifesto, informing parties in the upcoming election of what the rail industry needs to thrive and develop long term. The report outlines the next 30 years in the rail industry and ca...

Leaked HS2 review draft recommends staying on track with the project

Leaked HS2 review draft recommends staying on track with the project

12 November 2019According to an early draft of the HS2 review seen by The Times newspaper, report author Doug Oakervee is set to recommend ministers proceed with the full Y-shaped line as currently planned, with only relatively minor revisions to the planned route.

HS2 Oakervee review delayed until 2020

HS2 Oakervee review delayed until 2020

05 November 2019The deputy chair of the Oakervee Review, Lord Berkeley, has revealed that publication of the government’s independent review in HS2 is set to be delayed until after the general election. A HS2 decision had previously been expected before th...

North and Midlands must take control to deliver true benefits of HS2 and NPR, says review

North and Midlands must take control to deliver true benefits of HS2 and NPR, says review

17 October 2019The North and Midlands must take control of their high-speed rail network, argues a report from the Northern Powerhouse Independent Review warning against cancelling the major infrastructure projects without viable alternatives. The review, estab...

ORR quotes £26m in charges per year to continue using HS1

ORR quotes £26m in charges per year to continue using HS1

01 October 2019The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today announced if train operators want to keep using High Speed 1 (HS1) and preserve the condition of the assets, they will pay £26m per year. HS1 operates 67 miles of high-speed track connecting Londo...

Rail college rebrand to reflect growing demand of rail sector

Rail college rebrand to reflect growing demand of rail sector

01 October 2019The National College for High Speed Rail is getting a fresh new look, after it announced today that it is rebranding to the National College for Advanced Transport & Infrastructure (NCATI). The college has been serving the rail industry&rsquo...

Leader of Rotherham Council and Mayor of Doncaster ask Government to re-think HS2

Leader of Rotherham Council and Mayor of Doncaster ask Government to re-think HS2

30 September 2019Leader of Rotherham Council, Chris Read and Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, have shared concerns with Douglas Oakervee, the man behind the HS2 review. They have restated their position to go back to the original Meadowhall option or fundamentally...

Potential HS2 benefits ‘felt by millions across the UK’

Potential HS2 benefits ‘felt by millions across the UK’

26 September 2019Midlands Connect have investigated exactly what the benefits of the HS2 stand to be and who will be benefitting from them.

West Midlands HS2 interchange station development granted up to £20m

West Midlands HS2 interchange station development granted up to £20m

18 September 2019The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has agreed to fund up to £20m for a UK Central Hub in Solihull alongside the HS2 station development. The plans to develop the new HS2 Interchange Station within the 340-acre Arden Cross site have...

Government announces HS2 review, 'go or no-go' decision by year-end

Government announces HS2 review, 'go or no-go' decision by year-end

21 August 2019The government is set to launch a review into the HS2 project, transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced.

Boris Johnson not looking to scrap HS2 despite £100bn cost

Boris Johnson not looking to scrap HS2 despite £100bn cost

01 August 2019Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said despite estimates suggesting the HS2 high speed rail line will cost more than £100bn, he was not currently intending to scrap any major infrastructure projects.

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

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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 >