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Handful of winners awarded major HS2 station design deals

Handful of winners awarded major HS2 station design deals

05.02.18: In a much-anticipated move, HS2 Ltd has now named the architects, designers and engineers who will be responsible for developing and refining detailed plans for the four new stations along the scheme’s route. The companies will be awarded...

HS2 seeking contractors for £1.55bn M&E contracts

HS2 seeking contractors for £1.55bn M&E contracts

30.01.18: HS2 Ltd has today opened the initial bidding on £1.55bn of mechanical and electrical (M&E) work on sections of line between London, Birmingham and Crewe. The contracts involve track and overhead catenary system works, as well as t...

2018: The year of opportunity for HS2

2018: The year of opportunity for HS2

23.01.18: Momentum continues to gather pace up and down the country as this year’s major HS2 milestones begin to approach, writes John Downer, director of High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL). Last year saw the construction of HS2 – B...

HS2 releases concept images of new Colne Valley viaduct

HS2 releases concept images of new Colne Valley viaduct

19.01.18: HS2 Ltd has today released an initial concept of how it expects the Colne Valley viaduct to look once construction is complete. The concept released today, which has been put out for communities to give their views on, will help inform deve...

Key HS2 contractor Carillion goes into liquidation

Key HS2 contractor Carillion goes into liquidation

15.01.18: One of the government’s most important contractors, Carillion, has fallen into liquidation after emergency talks collapsed. The construction giant is Network Rail’s second biggest maintenance service supplier and is also heavily...

DfT deal means East Midlands HS2 station could open early

DfT deal means East Midlands HS2 station could open early

12.01.18: The government has reached an agreement with local organisations in the East Midlands to maximise the benefits of the future Toton HS2 hub, including work to open the station in the 2020s. The commitment between the DfT, Midlands Connect an...

Highways England procurement boss moves over to HS2

Highways England procurement boss moves over to HS2

08.01.18: David Poole has been appointed as the new procurement and supply chain director at HS2 Ltd. Poole will lead HS2’s procurement and supply chain teams as the project continues into its construction phase. He will join the organisat...

Consider legal action over HS2 redundancies, MPs say

Consider legal action over HS2 redundancies, MPs say

18.12.17: MPs have called for consideration of legal action over excessive HS2 redundancy payouts. The Public Accounts Committee has criticised the £1.76m of unauthorised payments made during 2016-17 as a “shocking waste of taxpayers&rsqu...

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...

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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 >