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Grayling granted injunction to stop protestors trespassing on HS2 construction site

Grayling granted injunction to stop protestors trespassing on HS2 construction site

20.02.18: Chris Grayling has this week been granted an injunction to stop campaigners protesting the construction of HS2 on site. DfT demanded the injunction to prevent eight protestors demonstrating on site where the high-speed line in the Colne Val...

Passengers want technology to create ‘personalised experience’ on HS2 trains

Passengers want technology to create ‘personalised experience’ on HS2 trains

12.02.18: The technology used for HS2 should serve a purpose and not appear “gimmicky,” passengers have this week told the industry. New research by passenger watchdog Transport Focus revealed findings uncovered through its partnership with...

Euston and Old Oak Common HS2 builders invited to tender

Euston and Old Oak Common HS2 builders invited to tender

05.02.18: HS2 Ltd has now confirmed the shortlist of bidders who have been invited to tender for two major new London station construction contracts. In August last year, the organisation announced that it was on the lookout for builders who could push a...

Handful of winners awarded major HS2 station design deals

Handful of winners awarded major HS2 station design deals

05.02.18: In a much-anticipated move, HS2 Ltd has now named the architects, designers and engineers who will be responsible for developing and refining detailed plans for the four new stations along the scheme’s route. The companies will be awarded...

HS2 seeking contractors for £1.55bn M&E contracts

HS2 seeking contractors for £1.55bn M&E contracts

30.01.18: HS2 Ltd has today opened the initial bidding on £1.55bn of mechanical and electrical (M&E) work on sections of line between London, Birmingham and Crewe. The contracts involve track and overhead catenary system works, as well as t...

2018: The year of opportunity for HS2

2018: The year of opportunity for HS2

23.01.18: Momentum continues to gather pace up and down the country as this year’s major HS2 milestones begin to approach, writes John Downer, director of High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL). Last year saw the construction of HS2 – B...

HS2 releases concept images of new Colne Valley viaduct

HS2 releases concept images of new Colne Valley viaduct

19.01.18: HS2 Ltd has today released an initial concept of how it expects the Colne Valley viaduct to look once construction is complete. The concept released today, which has been put out for communities to give their views on, will help inform deve...

Key HS2 contractor Carillion goes into liquidation

Key HS2 contractor Carillion goes into liquidation

15.01.18: One of the government’s most important contractors, Carillion, has fallen into liquidation after emergency talks collapsed. The construction giant is Network Rail’s second biggest maintenance service supplier and is also heavily...

DfT deal means East Midlands HS2 station could open early

DfT deal means East Midlands HS2 station could open early

12.01.18: The government has reached an agreement with local organisations in the East Midlands to maximise the benefits of the future Toton HS2 hub, including work to open the station in the 2020s. The commitment between the DfT, Midlands Connect an...

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...

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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 >