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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...

Grayling approves HS2 sidings proposals

Grayling approves HS2 sidings proposals

23.04.18: Chris Grayling has approved proposals to contract new railway sidings for HS2. New sidings are thought to be needed to replace those displaced by the HS2 Phase One rail lines. Under the Transport and Works 1992 Act, an application was made t...

Government finalises plans for HS2 Crewe Hub

Government finalises plans for HS2 Crewe Hub

12.03.18: The government has clarified plans for a new Crewe Hub that will give more people access to HS2. Included in the plans are a high speed rail service to Stoke-on-Trent and a redesigned junction at Crewe. Transport secretary, Chris Grayling, l...

West Midlands transport leaders meet to discuss reducing HS2 disruption

West Midlands transport leaders meet to discuss reducing HS2 disruption

05.03.18: The potential for significant disruption to the West Midlands’ motorway and road networks needs to be managed during the construction of HS2, political and transport leaders have agreed. Transport minister Jesse Norman, mayor of the West...

Northern mayors to launch ‘NPR convention’ to combat HS2 cost-cutting fears

Northern mayors to launch ‘NPR convention’ to combat HS2 cost-cutting fears

27.02.18: Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham and Liverpool city mayor Steve Rotherham have jointly called for the development of a Convention of the North, which would deal with issues surrounding the future of Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR). The...

Grayling granted injunction to stop protestors trespassing on HS2 construction site

Grayling granted injunction to stop protestors trespassing on HS2 construction site

20.02.18: Chris Grayling has this week been granted an injunction to stop campaigners protesting the construction of HS2 on site. DfT demanded the injunction to prevent eight protestors demonstrating on site where the high-speed line in the Colne Val...

Passengers want technology to create ‘personalised experience’ on HS2 trains

Passengers want technology to create ‘personalised experience’ on HS2 trains

12.02.18: The technology used for HS2 should serve a purpose and not appear “gimmicky,” passengers have this week told the industry. New research by passenger watchdog Transport Focus revealed findings uncovered through its partnership with...

Euston and Old Oak Common HS2 builders invited to tender

Euston and Old Oak Common HS2 builders invited to tender

05.02.18: HS2 Ltd has now confirmed the shortlist of bidders who have been invited to tender for two major new London station construction contracts. In August last year, the organisation announced that it was on the lookout for builders who could push a...

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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 >