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HS2 could be delivered by 2030 without ‘cash constraints’ – Higgins

HS2 could be delivered by 2030 without ‘cash constraints’ – Higgins

13.12.16: HS2’s phase 2b could be completed three years earlier if the company’s hands were not tied by cash constraints, its chair told MPs at the Transport Select Committee yesterday. During an inquiry about the high-speed project, Sir...

The East Midlands: growth & opportunity

The East Midlands: growth & opportunity

18.11.16: Andrew Pritchard, director of policy and infrastructure at East Midlands Councils (EMC), discusses the growth opportunities for rail in the region with the next franchise competition and HS2. EMC is the representative body for local governm...

HS2 unveils chosen phase 2 route and £900m enabling works

HS2 unveils chosen phase 2 route and £900m enabling works

15.11.16: The delayed phase 2 route of HS2 has been published, outlining exactly where the government will look to build the high-speed network through the north of England. Despite this, the process is still not yet complete as the controversial dec...

‘Imminent’ announcement due on HS2 phase 2 route

‘Imminent’ announcement due on HS2 phase 2 route

11.11.16: An “imminent” announcement on HS2 phase 2 is due to be made, delegates at last night’s TransCityRail North dinner were told. During the Q&A session on Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) at the black-tie dinner, Duncan Suth...

Greengauge 21 calls for HS2 to ‘get serious’ about service plans

Greengauge 21 calls for HS2 to ‘get serious’ about service plans

10.11.16: HS2 Ltd should ensure that key northern and midland locations are not disadvantaged by the high-speed line by improving service plans such as adding a new hourly service via Stoke-on-Trent, high-speed rail consultancy Greengauge 21 advised ...

Franchise combines WCML services with HS2 in ‘seamless integration’

Franchise combines WCML services with HS2 in ‘seamless integration’

04.11.16: A major new franchise will combine existing InterCity West Coast (ICWC) services, currently run by Virgin Trains, with the development and introduction of HS2 services, the DfT has announced today – settling doubts about whether the line w...

Higgins: HS2 to have ‘transformational’ effect on Darlington and the Tees Valley

Higgins: HS2 to have ‘transformational’ effect on Darlington and the Tees Valley

03.11.16: A new report published by the chairman of HS2 has sought to show how high-speed rail will have a ‘transformational’ effect on Darlington and the Tees Valley area. Changing Britain: HS2 taking root, produced in collaboration with...

Liverpool leaders call for £15bn boost from HS2 and HS3 links

Liverpool leaders call for £15bn boost from HS2 and HS3 links

31.10.16: Liverpool should have connections to both HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) said today. New research commissioned by LCRCA shows that the high-speed rail links could deliver a £15bn boo...

Government has ‘not ruled out’ open access on HS2

Government has ‘not ruled out’ open access on HS2

28.10.16: Open access operation could be introduced on HS2, transport minister Andrew Jones revealed in response to a written Parliamentary question. Conservative MP Grant Shapps asked whether the DfT was planning to allow the high-speed rail link to...

Former HS2 development director returns as interim CEO

Former HS2 development director returns as interim CEO

19.10.16: Roy Hill has been named as the interim chief executive of HS2 Ltd following Simon Kirby’s resignation. Hill is managing director of CH2M Europe, but was previously seconded to HS2 as Phase 1 development director from 2012 to 2014. ...

May’s industrial strategy ‘must address Brexit skills impact on HS2’

May’s industrial strategy ‘must address Brexit skills impact on HS2’

18.10.16: HS2 could suffer from a loss of foreign workers after Brexit unless the government makes addressing the shortage part of its industrial strategy, Balfour Beatty has said. The infrastructure company’s newest briefing paper said that th...

Euston Express HS2 alternative would save £3.7bn, Lords told

Euston Express HS2 alternative would save £3.7bn, Lords told

17.10.16: A scheme designed to put all HS2 and West Coast Main Line trains into one new integrated station at Euston, would be £3.7bn cheaper than HS2’s current plans for the station, the House of Lords HS2 Bill committee was told last week. ...

Grayling promises £70m for communities as HS2 needed ‘more than ever’

Grayling promises £70m for communities as HS2 needed ‘more than ever’

12.10.16: Transport secretary Chris Grayling unveiled a new £70m fund for communities affected by HS2 as he reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the high-speed rail project. Speaking at the Transport Times HS2 Conference, Grayling an...

Chambers urge chancellor to commit to HS2 Eastern Leg

Chambers urge chancellor to commit to HS2 Eastern Leg

04.10.16: Businesses have urged the chancellor to confirm the government’s commitments to the HS2 Eastern Leg, as he outlined plans to ensure Britain has world class infrastructure to maintain the country’s competitiveness at the Conservative...

Crossrail and HS2 part of ‘great opportunity’, Japanese investors told

Crossrail and HS2 part of ‘great opportunity’, Japanese investors told

28.09.16: Transport secretary Chris Grayling has promised the government’s continued support for HS2 and Crossrail during a trade tour to Japan. Grayling attended the G7 Transport Ministers’ Summit in Karuizawa, Nagano on September 23-25...

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Banking giant pulls out of blockbuster £1.2bn Network Rail arches deal

18/07/2018Banking giant pulls out of blockbuster £1.2bn Network Rail arches deal

 A partnership targeting the acquisition of Network Rail’s infrastructure arches have dropped out of the major £1.2bn race. ... more >
Final plans submitted for rail-connected Yorkshire hub

18/07/2018Final plans submitted for rail-connected Yorkshire hub

A 276-acre site in Yorkshire could be transformed into a major rail-connected hub servicing the north of England as part of proposals put forward... more >
Scathing letter rips into May timetable chaos, demands Grayling take responsibility

18/07/2018Scathing letter rips into May timetable chaos, demands Grayling take responsibility

Members of the London Assembly have written to Chris Grayling calling on him to take responsibility for the failings of the industry in implement... 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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HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE), talk about four new HS2 research projects which are set to challenge how we design, build and monitor high-speed rail projects. No one doubts that HS2 must provide a platform for innovation, bu... more >
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Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

17/07/2018Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail and the Elizabeth Line, outlines the key features of the brand-new, eco-friendly Old Oak Common de... more >
iRail: investing in the future

17/07/2018iRail: investing in the future

The rail industry today faces many challenges, one of those being the skills gap in high- speed rail. However, events like iRail are doing their ... more >
HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)... more >
Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

17/07/2018Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

Hydrogen-powered trains are already a reality in other rail networks in Europe. Now, working alongside Eversholt Rail, Alstom UK plans to bring t... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >