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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...

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...

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New railway station between Hinckley and Nuneaton receives backing

12/09/2019New railway station between Hinckley and Nuneaton receives backing

Plans for a new railway station between Hinckley and Nuneaton looks set to go ahead following backing from councillors. Nuneaton Parkway Sta... more >
New fleet on the horizon for Hull Trains

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Louise Cheeseman, managing director of Hull Trains, describes how a new fleet of rolling stock looks set to revolutionise the operator and their ... more >
Investing in the country’s future workforce

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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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Network Rail’s, Anna-Jane Hunter on HS2, NPR, and supply chain opportunities

29/08/2019Network Rail’s, Anna-Jane Hunter on HS2, NPR, and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and the success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into conn... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >