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DfT admits that controlling HS2 costs will be ‘challenging’

DfT admits that controlling HS2 costs will be ‘challenging’

17.01.17: The DfT has admitted that controlling the costs of the HS2 project will be “challenging” and that the cost estimates of delivering Phase 2b will not be certain until 2019. The news came from the department’s permanent secr...

Vital transport links closer to being a reality

Vital transport links closer to being a reality

17.01.17: David Brown, chief executive of Transport for the North (TfN), shares his thoughts on the government’s announcement of HS2 Phase 2b. The publication of the Command Paper in November 2016 for Phase 2b of HS2 was a much welcome ‘s...

Camden Council forces DfT to review HS2 Bill amendments

Camden Council forces DfT to review HS2 Bill amendments

16.01.17: Whitehall has been forced to reconsider its plans for its HS2 Bill after Camden Council complained about the power the amended legislation would give the government over its roads. Camden argued that last-minute amendments tabled by the gov...

Treasury committee chair claims HS2 demand forecasts lack credibility

Treasury committee chair claims HS2 demand forecasts lack credibility

06.01.17: More evidence is needed that the business case for HS2 is reliable and will deliver value for money, Andrew Tyrie MP, the chair of the Treasury Select Committee, has said. Tyrie previously raised concerns about HS2 in a letter to Chris Gray...

HS2 seeks phase 1 class approval for building works

HS2 seeks phase 1 class approval for building works

21.12.16: HS2 Ltd is seeking blanket planning permission for support work to building its London to the West Midlands route. Paragraph 5 of Schedule 17 of the HS2 Phase 1 Bill, currently being considered by the House of Lords, allows the transport se...

Sheffield City Region given £1.2m boost to develop HS2 growth strategy

Sheffield City Region given £1.2m boost to develop HS2 growth strategy

20.12.16: The government has agreed to provide South Yorkshire leaders with over £1m to spend on preparing an HS2 ‘growth strategy’ for the region. The Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), made up of the nine lo...

Lords urge HS2 to offer ‘fair compensation’ to Camden residents

Lords urge HS2 to offer ‘fair compensation’ to Camden residents

19.12.16: Camden residents should receive more compensation because of the scale of disruption caused by HS2, the House of Lords committee for the HS2 Bill recommended in its final report. The committee’s principal suggestion was that household...

HS2 Curzon Street station offers ‘once in a generation opportunity’ for growth

HS2 Curzon Street station offers ‘once in a generation opportunity’ for growth

16.12.16: Residents, business owners and community leaders in Birmingham have started shaping the future of the area surrounding Birmingham Curzon Street, the planned HS2 station which will open in Birmingham city centre. Leaders met at the ‘Cu...

Higgins appointed as chair of Gatwick Airport

Higgins appointed as chair of Gatwick Airport

15.12.16: Sir David Higgins, the chair of HS2, has also been appointed as part-time chair of Gatwick Airport. Sir David will officially take over the role from New Year’s Day, replacing the current chair, Sir Roy McNulty, who will stay on as de...

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...

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Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

21/09/2018Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

Steve Hollis has been announced as the new chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) HS2 growth delivery board. A former chairman... more >
Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

21/09/2018Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

Plans to improve the Doncaster Railway Station have reached phase two of the redevelopment process. Work has begun on the plans, developed b... more >
Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

21/09/2018Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

Northern has unveiled its refurbished Class 158 digital train for passengers, ahead of the new fleet’s complete roll-out by the end of the ... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >