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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....

Time for HS2 phase 1 civil contractor designs should be ‘revisited’

Time for HS2 phase 1 civil contractor designs should be ‘revisited’

05.09.17: The time allowed for developing civil engineering contractor designs should be “revisited” for HS2 phase 1, according to a recommendation by the project’s Independent Design panel. In her latest report, Professor Sadie Mor...

Munro retires as HS2 phase 2 boss

Munro retires as HS2 phase 2 boss

30.08.17: The governance shake-up at HS2 Ltd shows no signs of slowing down as it has been revealed that managing director for the project’s phase 2, Alison Munro, has now retired from her role. Munro had been with the company since the beginni...

HS2 on the lookout for Euston station and Old Oak Common builders

HS2 on the lookout for Euston station and Old Oak Common builders

29.08.17: HS2 Ltd has launched its search for the “best the construction industry has to offer” in order to help expand Euston station and build a brand new Old Oak Common transport hub designed to serve the high-speed line from 2026. The...

Major HS2 construction contracts signed

Major HS2 construction contracts signed

02.08.17: HS2 has taken another step forward this week as contracts to deliver the tunnels, bridges and earthworks for phase 1 were officially signed. The signing of the contracts took place at the company’s head office in Birmingham, as execut...

HS2 admits to ‘serious error’ in £1.76m redundancy payments overspend

HS2 admits to ‘serious error’ in £1.76m redundancy payments overspend

20.07.17: HS2 has already exceeded rates set by the DfT for the costs of redundancy pay by £1.76m, a report on the company’s accounts by the NAO has today revealed. Despite work not yet starting on the high-speed rail line, and assurances...

Businesses and MPs at odds over HS2 Sheffield route decision

Businesses and MPs at odds over HS2 Sheffield route decision

18.07.17: Local politicians and business leaders in South Yorkshire are firmly at odds over the government’s decision to link HS2 services to Sheffield city centre, as opposed to Meadowhall or the mothballed Sheffield Victoria station. The deci...

Grayling confirms HS2 phase 2 route

Grayling confirms HS2 phase 2 route

17.07.17: The route that HS2 will take from Birmingham and onto Manchester and the north as part of phases 2a and 2b has today been confirmed by DfT. It has been revealed that Phase 2b will run towards the East Midlands Hub, then on to Chesterfield a...

Major players win big as HS2 awards £6.6bn construction contracts

Major players win big as HS2 awards £6.6bn construction contracts

17.07.17: A number of high-profile joint ventures (JVs) have been revealed as the winners of £6.6bn worth of major construction and civil engineering contracts for the first phase of HS2 between London and Birmingham. In March last year, the te...

Duo of shortlists revealed for HS2 station design and master development contracts

Duo of shortlists revealed for HS2 station design and master development contracts

17.07.17: The names of the designers and engineers who are formally in the running to develop detailed plans for three brand new stations and majorly expand London Euston have today been named by HS2 Ltd. The station design contract shortlist, reveal...

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Government’s role in new passenger-centric railway ‘will have to change’, says Williams Review lead

21/03/2019Government’s role in new passenger-centric railway ‘will have to change’, says Williams Review lead

The man leading the Williams Rail Review has warned that the government’s role in the UK railways “will have to change” as the ... more >
Government promises to look ‘very carefully’ at £218m bid for second Chelmsford station

21/03/2019Government promises to look ‘very carefully’ at £218m bid for second Chelmsford station

The government will look “very carefully” at a £218m funding bid for a new railway station in Chelmsford, Theresa May has said.... more >
Carillion-bound boss appointed to lead Kier

20/03/2019Carillion-bound boss appointed to lead Kier

Kier has appointed Andrew Davies as its new chief executive, two months after the building contractor ousted Hayden Mursell on the back of debt i... 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 West Midlands 30-year strategy

19/03/2019The West Midlands 30-year strategy

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. The West Midlands Rail Executive was formed three years ago to give local authorities a direct influence over the award of the region’s main rail franchise. Working with the Department for Transpo... more >
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26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
East West Rail: the next steps

19/03/2019East West Rail: the next steps

In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

19/03/2019Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >