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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...

New images of planned £500m Leeds station development revealed

New images of planned £500m Leeds station development revealed

06.11.17: Images revealing how the remodelled Leeds station could look have been revealed today. The images, which have been released as part of the new report, ‘the Leeds integrated station masterplan,’ are based on the set of principles for...

HS2 unveils bidders for lucrative £2.75bn train contracts

HS2 unveils bidders for lucrative £2.75bn train contracts

02.11.17: The shortlist of companies who will compete for the lucrative £2.75bn contract to build the new HS2 fleet have been revealed today. Alstom, Bombardier, Hitachi Rail Europe, Spanish manufacturer Patentes Talgo S.L.U and Siemens PLC wil...

MP accuses former HS2 chief executive of ‘defrauding taxpayers’

MP accuses former HS2 chief executive of ‘defrauding taxpayers’

31.10.17: Former HS2 chief executive Simon Kirby has been accused of defrauding taxpayers after the company made £1.7m in unauthorised redundancy payments. Kirby, now chief operating officer of Rolls-Royce, reportedly received an email from the...

HS2 loses another executive as CFO resigns over redundancy payments

HS2 loses another executive as CFO resigns over redundancy payments

25.10.17: HS2 Ltd has announced that another one of its bosses will leave the company at the end of the financial year. Chief financial officer, Steve Allen, will leave HS2 following irregularities in the project’s redundancy payments that we...

HS2 preparation works ran £200m under budget, says DfT

HS2 preparation works ran £200m under budget, says DfT

23.10.17: Spending on preparation for HS2 went over £200m under budget, according to a report by the Department for Transport. The High Speed Rail (Preparation) Act 2013 Expenditure Report, which details the total spending for the period from 1 Apr...

University of Leeds to develop £10m high-speed rail centre

University of Leeds to develop £10m high-speed rail centre

18.10.17: The University of Leeds is spending £10m on a major high-speed rail technology and system integration centre. The Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration will allow advanced planning, design, construction and manufacturin...

Councillors consider £500m Leeds station upgrade

Councillors consider £500m Leeds station upgrade

12.10.17: Proposals to make £500m worth of changes to Leeds station in order to transform it into an integrated central hub for HS2 have been discussed by councillors this week. The plans, which relate to both the high-speed rail and North...

Griffiths: Future of northern transport hinges on HS2 links with NPR

Griffiths: Future of northern transport hinges on HS2 links with NPR

06.10.17: The future of transport in the north will be defined by how HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will work together, Paul Griffiths, managing director of HS2 Phase 2 has argued. During an informative address to delegates at the TransCityR...

East Midlands outlines plans to ‘put HS2 site to good use’

East Midlands outlines plans to ‘put HS2 site to good use’

04.10.17: A new strategy has been released that outlines how HS2 will add thousands of jobs and billions of pounds to the East Midlands economy. Back in July, the government confirmed the route for phase 2 of HS2, running from the West Midlands throu...

HS2 slams claim that line ‘won’t work’ without Crossrail 2

HS2 slams claim that line ‘won’t work’ without Crossrail 2

26.09.17: HS2 Ltd has this week hit back at claims that the planned high-speed line will “not work properly” without the proposed Crossrail 2 route. Euston is one of London’s most crowded stations, already handling more than double...

A remarkable project

A remarkable project

25.09.17: Businesses from across the UK of all types and sizes will help make HS2 an exemplary project, writes Will Roberts, communications director UK & Ireland at Alstom and director at High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL). It’s ...

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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 >
Data-driven rail

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

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >