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Despite enthusiasm, HS2 ‘has the weakest economic case of all projects’

Despite enthusiasm, HS2 ‘has the weakest economic case of all projects’

23.09.16: The economic justification for HS2 has been slammed in a letter from the chair of the Treasury Select Committee to the transport secretary. Andrew Tyrie told Chris Grayling that the DfT has failed to “comprehensively examine” wh...

Over 14,000 jobs ‘would be lost if HS2 is cancelled’

Over 14,000 jobs ‘would be lost if HS2 is cancelled’

19.09.16: The HS2 contracts already let or tendered have already created 14,440 jobs, new analysis shows. A new report from High Speed Rail Industry Leaders said the analysis, carried out by Albion Economics, provides “an estimate of the number...

HS2 opens phase 2a consultations as Birmingham commits rail investment

HS2 opens phase 2a consultations as Birmingham commits rail investment

14.09.16: HS2 Ltd has opened three separate consultations on the phase 2a route as the high-speed line now faces scrutiny. A report from the Public Accounts Committee, published today, warned that HS2 phase 1 may face delays of up to a year and, and...

‘Clarity needed’ over HS2 schedule and costs as phase 1 date faces year delay

‘Clarity needed’ over HS2 schedule and costs as phase 1 date faces year delay

14.09.16: HS2 is still struggling to convincingly explain its timetable and costs, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned. The warning comes as HS2 Ltd and government officials are now considering postponing the opening of phase 1 of the high...

Kirby resigns as HS2 chief executive to join Rolls Royce

Kirby resigns as HS2 chief executive to join Rolls Royce

12.09.16: HS2 Ltd’s chief executive has announced he is leaving the company just as the high-speed rail project approaches permission to go ahead. Simon Kirby will stand down and take up a place as chief operating officer at Rolls Royce. T...

Rail industry craves certainty post-Brexit

Rail industry craves certainty post-Brexit

05.09.16: Jim Steer, director of Greengauge 21, reflects on the recent changes at the DfT, the future of HS2 and its routes, and the need for certainty from the government. Ten years ago, Chris Grayling was shadow transport secretary, looking at conv...

DfT offers Camden Council new HS2 assurances

DfT offers Camden Council new HS2 assurances

02.09.16: Residents of the London borough of Camden have been offered new assurances by the DfT intended to reduce the impact of building HS2 in their area. Roger Hargreaves, director of hybrid bill delivery at HS2 Ltd, set out the assurances on beha...

HS2 considering future of ‘no prior knowledge’ compensation requirement

HS2 considering future of ‘no prior knowledge’ compensation requirement

26.08.16: Homeowners affected by HS2 may be entitled to compensation even if they bought their property knowing it could be affected by the high-speed rail project, the chairman of HS2 has said. As part of ongoing efforts to address concerns that HS2...

HS2 announces shortlist for phase 2 consultant contracts worth £520m

HS2 announces shortlist for phase 2 consultant contracts worth £520m

23.08.16: HS2 Ltd has announced the shortlists for two new contracts for phase 2 of the high-speed rail project. The first contract, worth £350m, is for civils design and environmental services for the sections of the route from Crewe to Manche...

HS2 construction bid partnership appoints new MD

HS2 construction bid partnership appoints new MD

23.08.16: One of the partnerships bidding for the HS2 civil engineering contracts has appointed a new managing director to oversee its bid. David Blackburn, managing director of major projects at GallifordTry Infrastructure Ltd, will lead the Momentu...

May tells Camden Council leader she is ‘fully committed’ to HS2

May tells Camden Council leader she is ‘fully committed’ to HS2

22.08.16: Camden Council has accused the government of ignoring residents’ concerns about HS2 after both prime minister Theresa May and transport secretary Chris Grayling reaffirmed their commitment to the project. Camden, which is the home of...

DfT updates HS2 safeguarding directions after Commons scrutiny

DfT updates HS2 safeguarding directions after Commons scrutiny

19.08.16: The DfT has updated the safeguarding directions to local planning authorities situated along the phase 1 route of HS2 after a number of changes agreed during the House of Commons Select Committee scrutiny. The improvements to the route made...

Brexit vote means HS3 must be prioritised over HS2 and Crossrail 2, says IPPR

Brexit vote means HS3 must be prioritised over HS2 and Crossrail 2, says IPPR

09.08.16: Work must be “brought urgently forward” on the proposed HS3 east-west rail project, even if this means that it takes priority over HS2, a leading think tank has said in a new report making the case for faster investment in the north....

HS2 appoints interim construction commissioner

HS2 appoints interim construction commissioner

28.07.16: HS2 has appointed an interim commissioner to mediate in disputes arising from the construction of the high-speed rail. Gareth Epps’ role will include ensuring that people affected by HS2 know who the construction commissioner is...

Changed HS2 Sheffield route puts more pressure on TfN and Northern Powerhouse Rail

Changed HS2 Sheffield route puts more pressure on TfN and Northern Powerhouse Rail

27.07.16: Changes to the HS2 route through Sheffield have been met with a mixed reaction from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), which warned that they put more pressure on Transport for the North and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) to make the...

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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 >