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£1.8m government investment on way for HS2 station in East Midlands

£1.8m government investment on way for HS2 station in East Midlands

11.07.18: Article by Callum Wood of Rail Technology Magazine Chris Grayling has announced today that up to £1.8m is to be provided by the government to help fund the new HS2 station at Toton (East Midlands). A new station at Toton will del...

NPR station in Bradford could provide £1.5bn economy cash boost

NPR station in Bradford could provide £1.5bn economy cash boost

06.07.18: A new railway station in Bradford city centre could boost the local economy by £1.5bn, new research shows. A report from construction firm Mace Group, led by ex-Treasury member Chris Walker, found that — based on growth experien...

Grayling asks HS2 to prepare for electrification of 25km Midland Main Line route

Grayling asks HS2 to prepare for electrification of 25km Midland Main Line route

04.07.18: Transport secretary Chris Grayling has decided to include the electrification of the 25km-long HS2 section of the Midland Main Line in the next Hybrid Bill for the high-speed programme. Following the government’s decision to include a...

HS2 eastern leg rolling stock depot confirmed for Leeds

HS2 eastern leg rolling stock depot confirmed for Leeds

04.07.18: The government has confirmed that the new HS2 eastern leg rolling stock depot will be built in Leeds in order to create jobs and ensure Yorkshire reaps the benefits of high-speed rail. The depot, which will service and maintain the new high...

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...

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First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

15/11/2018First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

The first of Greater Anglia’s brand-new trains has now arrived in the region, pulling up to Norwich by a locomotive ahead of a programme of... more >
Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

15/11/2018Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

HS2’s second phase will cost more compared to similar overseas schemes because it relies on new dedicated high-speed lines into city-centre... more >
HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

15/11/2018HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

Costs for HS2’s Phase 2 could be 27% lower if the company succeeds in implementing a series of opportunities to make the project more effic... 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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Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13/11/2018Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would not be opening on 9 December was a cause for major dismay and disappointment amongst politicians and... more >
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Challenging the perceptions of rail

13/11/2018Challenging the perceptions of rail

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’... more >
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13/11/2018Data-driven rail

Andy Cross, director of Elastacloud, and Lucy Bealing, from the Elastacloud Rail Centre of Excellence, discuss their innovative collaboration wit... more >
Looking ahead to the Williams Review

13/11/2018Looking ahead to the Williams Review

Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, takes a look at the government’s root and branch review of the rail s... more >
Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

06/11/2018Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

Network Rail route programme director, Toufic Machnouk, explains why only a radically new approach to contracting will deliver a better service f... more >

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Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

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