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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 ...

Yes, HS2 is on track

Yes, HS2 is on track

21.09.17: Jim Steer, director of Greengauge 21, reflects on what have been a busy few months for HS2 and the progress made to date. In its review of post-general election investment priorities, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) called for...

Griffiths takes over reins as MD of HS2 phase 2

Griffiths takes over reins as MD of HS2 phase 2

19.09.17: Paul Griffiths has taken over as managing director of phase 2 at HS2 following the departure of Alison Munro, it has today been revealed. Munro left the company at the end of August, with former phase 2b development director Griffiths the f...

WMCA confirms £27.5m funding for new HS2 Curzon tram stop

WMCA confirms £27.5m funding for new HS2 Curzon tram stop

19.09.17: A £27.5m funding package has been granted by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to support the construction of a new Midland Metro tram stop at the proposed HS2 Curzon station. Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) will also ben...

Flexible skills for a changing industry

Flexible skills for a changing industry

18.09.17: Beth Curtis, head of partnerships and communications at the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), tells RTM’s Luana Salles that the new training centres will focus on developing a workforce capable of adapting to ever-changing indu...

High-speed synergies for the north

High-speed synergies for the north

11.09.17: Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) is now being increasingly seen as the third phase of the UK’s high-speed rail programme. RTM’s Luana Salles reports on what this means for the region and Transport for the North (TfN). Few can have...

Maynard: HS2 will not deliver full potential unless east-west links improved

Maynard: HS2 will not deliver full potential unless east-west links improved

07.09.17: Rail minister Paul Maynard has reiterated that HS2’s full potential will not be fully delivered unless east-west rail links are properly improved as well, despite recent claims that plans for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NRP), or HS3, have go...

From enmity to eminence: The inevitable journey of infrastructure

From enmity to eminence: The inevitable journey of infrastructure

07.09.17: Sir David Higgins, chairman of HS2 Ltd, discusses the enduring importance of infrastructure – putting HS2 in context of the Grade 1 listed Humber Bridge, comparing and contrasting how the bridge was first seen, and how essential it is now....

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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 >