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HS2 starts hunt for partners to deliver station developments

HS2 starts hunt for partners to deliver station developments

10.04.17: HS2 has now begun its search for bidders to work on the design and development contracts for four stations that will be built to accommodate the high-speed line. The company is looking for partners to deliver a number of key station project...

HS2 sets out design vision ‘from the pixel to the city’

HS2 sets out design vision ‘from the pixel to the city’

07.04.17: The ambitions for the design of the trouble-stricken HS2 project have been published by the company, revealing that the scheme’s success will be based on three core design principles. The plans come days after the government announced...

Berkeley calls for review of HS2 as predicted Phase 1 costs soar to £48bn

Berkeley calls for review of HS2 as predicted Phase 1 costs soar to £48bn

03.04.17: Developing HS2 Phase 1 from London to the West Midlands will cost an estimated £48bn – double the figure quoted by ministers in December last year, new estimates by QS Michael Byng, the author of the Suite of Rail Method of Measureme...

CH2M pulls out of HS2 Phase 2B development contract

CH2M pulls out of HS2 Phase 2B development contract

30.03.17: CH2M has confirmed that it has withdrawn its interest in the Phase 2B development contract for HS2, the company has revealed. The £170m bid was awarded to the engineering firm in February after an 11-month competitive bidding process...

MP apologises for failing to declare interest during HS2 debates

MP apologises for failing to declare interest during HS2 debates

28.03.17: An MP has apologised in the House of Commons for not declaring publicly that his house was set to be bought by HS2 Ltd when he opposed the high-speed rail project in a parliamentary debate. HS2 Ltd offered to buy properties that would be se...

Award of £8.6bn civil contracts for HS2 pushed back to June

Award of £8.6bn civil contracts for HS2 pushed back to June

24.03.17: A total of £8.6bn worth of civil contracts for the first phase of HS2, which were due to be awarded next month, have been pushed back to June, RTM has been told. Bidders have been informed that the procurement process has been delayed...

Do we have credible costing methods for major projects?

Do we have credible costing methods for major projects?

06.03.17: Lord Berkeley, chairman of the Rail Freight Group and member of RTM’s editorial board, questions the methodology of estimating costs on major projects, including Great Western electrification. For some time I have been strongly critic...

HS2 development partner award delayed as losing firm launches query

HS2 development partner award delayed as losing firm launches query

27.02.17: HS2 Ltd has delayed formally awarding the contract for a phase 2b development partner to CH2M whilst it holds talks with under-bidder Mace about the decision. CH2M was named the winner for the deal earlier this month after an 11-month compe...

HS2 finally given green light in overwhelming Parliament vote

HS2 finally given green light in overwhelming Parliament vote

23.02.17: Phase one for the HS2 project has today finally been given royal assent in Parliament, meaning that work on the long-awaited high-speed rail network can now officially go ahead. With construction set to begin in the spring, today sees the l...

HS2 potential to northern connectivity not to be underestimated, says Percy

HS2 potential to northern connectivity not to be underestimated, says Percy

22.02.17: Minister for the Northern Powerhouse Andrew Percy has today promised to address the disparity in per-capita spend between the north and the south, but has also said not to “underestimate” the value of southern investment in Crossrail...

HS2 can ‘only be as good as local rail connections make it’

HS2 can ‘only be as good as local rail connections make it’

17.02.17: It is of vital importance that investment in the conventional rail network continues over the next 20 years during the development of HS2 to ensure that West Yorkshire becomes “truly HS2-ready” and the project’s benefits can be...

HS2 names phase 2b development partner in string of contract awards

HS2 names phase 2b development partner in string of contract awards

13.02.17: Plans to bring HS2 to Manchester and Leeds have made significant progress as contracts for a phase 2b development partner and engineering and environmental consultants were finally awarded. HS2 Ltd confirmed that CH2M will become its phase...

HS2 Sheffield Meadowhall station ‘still on the table’

HS2 Sheffield Meadowhall station ‘still on the table’

07.02.17: Transport minister Andrew Jones has confirmed that the proposed high-speed South Yorkshire station at Sheffield Meadowhall is “still on the table”, despite recommendations made by the chair of HS2 Ltd Sir David Higgins. The conf...

Camden to build HS2-funded replacement homes for affected residents

Camden to build HS2-funded replacement homes for affected residents

06.02.17: Camden Council is currently constructing six apartment blocks to replace homes lost to the construction of HS2 ahead of the HS2 Bill’s expected Royal Assent next month. The blocks, on the Regent’s Park estate, will provide 90 re...

Go-ahead in sight for HS2 Bill as Lords reject bid to block project

Go-ahead in sight for HS2 Bill as Lords reject bid to block project

03.02.17: HS2 has moved one step closer to becoming a reality after its dedicated Bill passed its third reading in the House of Lords this week, despite late attempts by Peers to block the long-awaited £55.7bn project. Peers opposed a backbench...

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First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

15/11/2018First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

The first of Greater Anglia’s brand-new trains has now arrived in the region, pulling up to Norwich by a locomotive ahead of a programme of... more >
Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

15/11/2018Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

HS2’s second phase will cost more compared to similar overseas schemes because it relies on new dedicated high-speed lines into city-centre... more >
HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

15/11/2018HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

Costs for HS2’s Phase 2 could be 27% lower if the company succeeds in implementing a series of opportunities to make the project more effic... 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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Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13/11/2018Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would not be opening on 9 December was a cause for major dismay and disappointment amongst politicians and... more >
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Challenging the perceptions of rail

13/11/2018Challenging the perceptions of rail

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’... more >
Data-driven rail

13/11/2018Data-driven rail

Andy Cross, director of Elastacloud, and Lucy Bealing, from the Elastacloud Rail Centre of Excellence, discuss their innovative collaboration wit... more >
Looking ahead to the Williams Review

13/11/2018Looking ahead to the Williams Review

Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, takes a look at the government’s root and branch review of the rail s... more >
Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

06/11/2018Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

Network Rail route programme director, Toufic Machnouk, explains why only a radically new approach to contracting will deliver a better service f... more >

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Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >