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MPs demand £39bn NPR commitment from government

MPs demand £39bn NPR commitment from government

29 April 2019A group of 80 MPs have written to chancellor Philip Hammond urging the government to commit to a £39bn down payment for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR), and deliver the flagship project alongside HS2. Hammond last week said that the initial...

‘No justification’: Buckinghamshire councils demand government halt HS2 prep work until Notice to Proceed given

‘No justification’: Buckinghamshire councils demand government halt HS2 prep work until Notice to Proceed given

26 April 2019Councils across Buckinghamshire have agreed to pass a special motion calling on the government and HS2 to halt all current site work in the county. Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern district councils and Buckinghamshire County Council said they were &l...

HS2 ignored serious concerns with winning bid for £1.3bn Old Oak Common contract, claims Bechtel

HS2 ignored serious concerns with winning bid for £1.3bn Old Oak Common contract, claims Bechtel

25 April 2019HS2 Ltd accepted an “abnormally low” bid and ignored serious concerns over the chosen contractors to build a key station, the losing bidders for the £1.3bn Old Oak Common contract Bechtel claimed in a High Court claim.  Bec...

HS2 workers win £1m in back pay after ‘underpayment scandal’

HS2 workers win £1m in back pay after ‘underpayment scandal’

02 April 2019A HS2 contractor has agreed to back pay over £1m to hundreds of its construction workers after Unite claimed they were being “systematically denied” their entitled holiday and agreed overtime pay. Last week it was reported that...

Funding sign-off for first half of HS2 construction delayed by ministers

Funding sign-off for first half of HS2 construction delayed by ministers

01 April 2019Ministers have delayed signing off on the first half of funding for HS2 over concerns about the flagship rail project’s spiralling costs. A formal ‘notice to proceed’ on the major construction works for the first phase of the pr...

‘Absolutely scandalous’: union claims HS2 workers denied holiday and overtime pay

‘Absolutely scandalous’: union claims HS2 workers denied holiday and overtime pay

29 March 2019Hundreds of staff working on the London Euston station for HS2 are being “systematically denied” their entitled holiday and agreed overtime pay, according to Unite union. Unite said it had received multiple payslips from employees of...

Carillion-bound boss appointed to lead Kier

Carillion-bound boss appointed to lead Kier

20 March 2019Kier has appointed Andrew Davies as its new chief executive, two months after the building contractor ousted Hayden Mursell on the back of debt issues. Davies had been appointed to lead the British outsourcing giant Carillion, but it became solve...

Plans revealed for major redevelopment of Birmingham Moor Street station

Plans revealed for major redevelopment of Birmingham Moor Street station

19 March 2019Birmingham Moor Street station it set to undergo a major transformation to prepare it for HS2 services at Curzon Street and growing passenger demand as new designs are unveiled. Moor Street could be expanded to double its current size and see ano...

HS2: Cutting through Cumbria

HS2: Cutting through Cumbria

12 March 2019Cumbria Chamber of Commerce is arguing for HS2 services from London to call at Carlisle, Oxenholme and Penrith. The chamber’s policy lead, Julian Whittle, explains why. It came as a huge shock to businesses in Cumbria to learn that HS2 trai...

Government overturns council’s challenge against ecological work around HS2 Colne Valley Viaduct

Government overturns council’s challenge against ecological work around HS2 Colne Valley Viaduct

06 March 2019The government has overruled a council’s decision to reject HS2’s application to build one of its ecological mitigation sites around the Colne Valley Viaduct. Chris Grayling and James Brokenshire, in a letter to Hillingdon Council and...

Engineering firm sues HS2 over £1bn Old Oak Common construction contract

Engineering firm sues HS2 over £1bn Old Oak Common construction contract

04 March 2019Engineer giant Bechtel has launched a legal challenge against HS2 after losing a £1bn contract to build the Old Oak Common Station, claiming the tender process was botched. The American firm has lodged a High Court claim against the £...

HS2 land acquisition costs could spiral five times higher than projected

HS2 land acquisition costs could spiral five times higher than projected

07 February 2019The cost of acquiring land and property for Phase 1 of HS2 could be almost five times the original estimation. Forecasts based on freedom of information requests from an anti-HS2 campaign group have revealed that the total land costs could now be...

HS2 unveils construction teams for major Euston and Old Oak Common station builds

HS2 unveils construction teams for major Euston and Old Oak Common station builds

06 February 2019HS2 has revealed the construction teams awarded contracts to deliver the London Euston terminus and the super-hub Old Oak Common station. In deals worth £2.56bn that are expected to bring up to 4,000 jobs to the UK, the construction partner...

Old Oak Common to be UK’s best-connected rail interchange as HS2 reveals new station designs

Old Oak Common to be UK’s best-connected rail interchange as HS2 reveals new station designs

05 February 2019HS2 Ltd has unveiled its plans for the Old Oak Common station, releasing designs for the new “landmark piece of architecture” including high-speed platforms located underground. The design plans say that Old Oak Common will be the UK&...

High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05 February 2019Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options to improve capacity between the country and London. Frazer Henderson, head of high-speed and cross-bor...

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Northern supports song writing workshops in the community

10/08/2020Northern supports song writing workshops in the community

As part of the Northern supported project Lyric and Line, singer-song writer Gareth Davies-Jones has been working with three groups with addition... more >
HS2 searching for high voltage power supply systems

10/08/2020HS2 searching for high voltage power supply systems

With the green light for construction given a few weeks ago, HS2 have today (10 Aug) began the search for expert contractors to deliver the high ... more >
HS2 installs new bridge over M42 in just two days

10/08/2020HS2 installs new bridge over M42 in just two days

A 65-metre bridge was installed in just two days and ahead of schedule as the motorway opened 22 hours earlier than planned. The works near ... 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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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 >