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Half a million jobs ‘just the beginning’ as HS2 chair calls on local partnerships to lead the way

Half a million jobs ‘just the beginning’ as HS2 chair calls on local partnerships to lead the way

07.11.18: Sir Terry Morgan has said that half a million jobs and ninety thousand homes are “just the beginning” of the spread of wealth HS2 will bring to Britain. Speaking at the Built Environment Networking’s HS2 Economic Growth Co...

HS2 engineering consultancy relocates to new £7m Birmingham headquarters

HS2 engineering consultancy relocates to new £7m Birmingham headquarters

06.11.18: The engineering company responsible of the redesign and delivery of HS2’s Curzon Street Station has completed its relocation into its new £7m Birmingham headquarters. WSP, a global engineering consultancy, moved over 700 staff f...

HS2 begins consultation for contractors to build £3.5bn western leg of Phase Two

HS2 begins consultation for contractors to build £3.5bn western leg of Phase Two

30.10.18: HS2 has started contractor consultations for Phase 2a to build the high-speed railway between the West Midlands and Crewe. The largely rural route forms the first part of the western leg of HS2 Phase Two and is expected to cost £3.5bn...

Archaeologists begin UK’s biggest ever excavation work at HS2 London Euston site

Archaeologists begin UK’s biggest ever excavation work at HS2 London Euston site

26.10.18: Archaeological work on the HS2 rail link between London and Birmingham to remove 45,000 skeletons from a burial site has begun. Over 1,000 archaeologists, specialists, scientists and conservators will be exploring and recording over 60 arch...

Leaked: HS2 will cost 25% more than similar projects in other countries

Leaked: HS2 will cost 25% more than similar projects in other countries

19.10.18: The £56bn HS2 project is set to cost 25% more than similar projects being carried out in other countries, a leaked report written by PwC has revealed. The official report was commissioned by HS2 but was never published – and, ac...

HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

17.10.18: Councillors have endorsed a “milestone” plan to transform Leeds station in preparation for HS2 arriving in the region. The Leeds City Council executive board approved the strategic outline business case, the detailed transformat...

HS2 Phase 2 boss defends 12-month bill delay: ‘We actually proposed this ourselves’

HS2 Phase 2 boss defends 12-month bill delay: ‘We actually proposed this ourselves’

16.10.18: The outgoing boss of HS2 Phase 2b has defended the one-year setback in introducing legislation to Parliament, arguing that the move was “essential” to ensure the benefits of Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) play a role in the final bil...

New images of Birmingham and Solihull’s HS2 stations revealed

New images of Birmingham and Solihull’s HS2 stations revealed

09.10.18: New images have been released that show what the planned HS2 stations for Birmingham and Solihull could look like when completed. The images are to be released at a series of events throughout October, the first of which will be held at Bir...

Euston site cleared for new HS2 approach tunnel

Euston site cleared for new HS2 approach tunnel

05.10.18: HS2 work to demolish former carriage sheds at Euston station has been completed, revealing the full scale of the approach tunnel for the new high-speed rail link’s London terminal for the first time. The nine-month demolition of the o...

HS2 recruits ex-St Pancras boss as new director for stations

HS2 recruits ex-St Pancras boss as new director for stations

02.10.18: HS2 has appointed Mike Luddy, the former director of St Pancras’ restoration, as the co-ordinator of commercial development at all four HS2 phase one stations. Luddy joined HS2 this week from the Royal Docks Management Authority (RoDM...

Work begins on high-speed rail in Birmingham as Tories quarrel over HS2 future

Work begins on high-speed rail in Birmingham as Tories quarrel over HS2 future

02.10.18: Chris Grayling and West Midlands Mayor Andy Street marked the start of the construction of the HS2 high speed rail line in Birmingham, at the same time as Conservative ministers argued over HS2’s future at their party conference. The...

Chancellor unveils new funding for East Midlands HS2 station and airport expansion

Chancellor unveils new funding for East Midlands HS2 station and airport expansion

02.10.18: The chancellor has revealed new funding for a locally-led development body for HS2’s East Midlands Hub station. Giving a speech at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham yesterday, Philip Hammond unveiled the funding earmarke...

Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

21.09.18: Steve Hollis has been announced as the new chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) HS2 growth delivery board. A former chairman of EFL Championship team Aston Villa, Hollis will oversee the £4.4bn budget as the HS2 Growth...

HS2 land purchase costs triple in six years, ‘significant uncertainty’ remains

HS2 land purchase costs triple in six years, ‘significant uncertainty’ remains

14.09.18: HS2 Ltd’s acquisition of properties has been criticised for soaring costs and slow payments in the National Audit Office’s (NAO’s) latest report on the scheme. Only half of advance payments to claimants have been completed...

New centre in Birmingham as part of Bombardier and Hitachi’s HS2 bid launch

New centre in Birmingham as part of Bombardier and Hitachi’s HS2 bid launch

12.09.18: A brand-new HS2 bid centre will be based at the Millennium Point in Birmingham as part of Hitachi and Bombardier’s joint venture for the £2.75bn rolling stock contract, which was officially launched today. In a public announceme...

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Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

14/05/2019Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

Scrapping the £56bn HS2 project could pave the way for 28 separate local infrastructure schemes to be funded instead with the case “g... more >
DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

14/05/2019DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

The DfT has called for new technologies to revolutionise travel for older people and those with disabilities, but the RMT has “reacted with... more >
First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

13/05/2019First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

HS2 is on the “verge of passing the point of no return” and the amount of money spent would make scrapping the flagship project &ldqu... 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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Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

13/05/2019Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

Professor Meiling Zhu, chair of mechanical engineering and head of the Energy Harvesting Research Group (EHRG) at the University of Exeter, introduces us to Ze-Power (Zero Power, Large Area Rail Track Monitoring): an innovative Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded project aiming to make the railway tracks safer and... more >
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The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

13/05/2019The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch and chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), gives her view on the state of the UK’s ... more >
NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

13/05/2019NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) chief executive Neil Robertson returns to write for RTM, this time, to assess the digital skills shor... more >
Delivering cost-effective electrification

13/05/2019Delivering cost-effective electrification

David Clarke, technical director of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), sets out the findings of a new report on how rail electrification can... more >
5G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

13/05/20195G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

Simon Holmes, group head of digital (engineering) at FirstGroup, introduces us to the 5G solution being delivered for the rail sector.  ... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >