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Another domestic high-speed service launches

27.05.11: The first direct and high-speed service from Maidstone to St Pancras International began this morning. The journey, part of a trial service calling at Strood, took just 47 minutes. Charles Horton, managing director of rail operator Sou...

HS2 ‘myths’ disputed

HS2 ‘myths’ disputed

06.05.11: Earlier this week, supporters of the Yes to HS2 campaign published a list of ten ‘myths’ on issues such as cost. They claimed opponents of HS2 were peddling to discredit the plausibility of a high speed line linking London to Birming...

Southern motorway plans condemned

Southern motorway plans condemned

15.04.11: The campaign for high speed rail has condemned plans suggested by Lord Wolfson to create a motorway link between Oxford and Cambridge. The Conservative peer, who is also chief executive of retail giant Next, has been a high profile campaign...

‘Right Lines’ alliance formed to improve HS2

‘Right Lines’ alliance formed to improve HS2

08.04.11: Many of the country’s leading environmental, heritage, civic, wildlife and transport campaign groups and charities have joined forces to agree a ‘charter’ aimed at holding the Government to account over its approach to high-spe...

HS2 ‘not a done deal’ – Hammond

HS2 ‘not a done deal’ – Hammond

01.04.11: Transport Secretary Philip Hammond has admitted that HS2 is “not a done deal” in his attempt to galvanise those who quietly support high-speed rail to fight more vocally for it. He told the Yorkshire Post: “From some of th...

Staffordshire votes against high-speed rail

Staffordshire votes against high-speed rail

18.03.11: Another county council has come out against HS2. Staffordshire County Council has joined other predominately rural councils along the proposed London-Birmingham route in opposing the high-speed line. The Conservative-run council said t...

Pro-HS2 groups unite to make their voices heard

25.02.11: High-profile public and private sector supporters of HS2 in the West Midlands have banded together to combat the growing influence of the anti-high-speed lobby. Go-HS2 is a collaboration between businesses and business organisations includi...

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...

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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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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 >