Latest Rail News

07.04.17

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

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 that the Transport Select Committee would be looking into HS2 Ltd and asking its leaders about the numerous problems it faced during the procurement process.

In the ‘design vision’ report HS2 said that the project will be based around three principles: people – catering for its diverse passenger base; place – giving local areas a greater quality of life whilst retaining their identity at a local level; and time – the design being adaptable and long-lasting for future generations.

The document promised to deliver the high-speed project by working intuitively and effectively with all audiences, engaging with communities affected by the project and working with the best design talent in a “truly collaborative way”.

One of the communities affected included Camden Council, as tracks are likely to go through the area. This led HS2 to have to offer fair compensation and cover the cost of building 90 new apartment blocks for residents affected.

To attract talent, HS2 also launched its apprenticeship scheme in March aiming to get young people to join the company and work on construction of the new rail route.

In his preface to the report, HS2 Ltd’s chief executive officer, Mark Thurston, stated: “Our starting point is that we will deliver value for money by applying the best in worldwide design and construction. We recognise that good design saves resources. Indeed, bad design is a long-term cost to bear for the taxpayer and for our future customers.

“All the fundamental principles of good design apply. Our high-speed infrastructure has to look good, work well and be easily maintained. It must meet rigorous requirements for safety, sustainability and resilience.”

Thurston also argued that the design’s major challenge was making sure that every team meets the fundamentals of good design, and also go the extra distance to deliver the innovation and the value the company is seeking.

“No project is too small,” the HS2 boss emphasised. “Everything we create is designed and every discipline is covered in our interpretation of design. To recoin a phrase – we are designing from the pixel to the city – from digital systems to urban infrastructure and so much else besides.”

The project has hit many obstacles since it was granted royal assent a few weeks ago – one of the key issues coming at the end of March, when CH2M confirmed that it would be pulling out of the procurement process for Phase 2B of the project.

This was in part after losing bidder Mace threatened legal action, claiming executives within HS2 have conflicted interest with CH2M. Mace argued that it had “never seen a procurement process like this”.

As a result, the Transport Committee will be launching an investigation into HS2 and its fraught procurement process.

Louise Ellman, chair of the committee, said: “Given the scale of HS2 and the amounts of money involved, the Transport Committee is keen to understand the reasons behind the latest developments.

“I will be suggesting to committee members that we hold a session as early as possible after recess. It is important that business, industry and public have confidence in the processes involved.”

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become an RTM columnist? If so, click here.

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

RSSB push for ‘keener, leaner and greener’ energy use from industry

21/04/2017RSSB push for ‘keener, leaner and greener’ energy use from industry

New guidelines on the energy use of non-traction activities by train companies could save the industry millions by making processes “keener... more >
Higgins defends botched HS2 contract despite conflict of interest

21/04/2017Higgins defends botched HS2 contract despite conflict of interest

HS2 Ltd would have likely disqualified CH2M before it even withdrew from the procurement of the Phase 2B development contract for a conflict of i... more >
Holophane win Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2017

21/04/2017Holophane win Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2017

The acuity brands company Holophane Europe has won one of the UK’s most prestigious business awards. The Milton Keynes-based lighting ... more >

editor's comment

08/03/2017A celebration of rail achievement

Welcome to this special UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA) review issue of RTM. The fourth edition of the prestigious awards took place on 9 February at London’s Battersea Evolution and, once again, was a huge success.  With over 1,100 rail decision-makers in attendance, the black-tie event was a great place for networking and celebrating the success of the rail industry in the last 12 months. To see who won at this year’s... read more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Intertrain: ready for the future

23/02/2017Intertrain: ready for the future

RTM recently attended Intertrain’s ‘Driving for Success’ event in Doncaster, where leaders from major players such as Carillion... more >
Tackling regulation at its routes

24/01/2017Tackling regulation at its routes

John Larkinson, the ORR’s director of railway markets and economics, speaks to RTM about the move to regulating Network Rail at a route lev... more >
Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

15/11/2016Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

Phil Verster, managing director of ScotRail Alliance, speaks to RTM’s Luana Salles about the recently-published ‘Investing in the Fut... more >

last word

Reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful

Ahead of the major imminent reforms to the apprenticeship system, Simon Rennie, general manager of the National Training Academy for Rail, outlin... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

Digital service to reunite passengers with lost valuables trialled in Wales

11/04/2017Digital service to reunite passengers with lost valuables trialled in Wales

Customers pulling their hair out at constantly leaving their valuables on the train may be in luck, as an innovative new system may help them tra... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

Overcoming the challenges of e-ticketing

23/03/2017Overcoming the challenges of e-ticketing

Justin Stenner, head of technology for Heathrow Express, considers the  benefits and drawbacks of implementing e-ticketing on rail services.... more >
Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel

23/03/2017Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel

Linda Miller, former Crossrail project manager, Connaught Tunnel, reflects on the challenges of widening and deepening the vital Victorian tunnel... more >
The case for rail integration

23/03/2017The case for rail integration

Jeremy Long, CEO of European Business at MTR Corporation, reflects on how stronger integration of train and track could benefit major rail infras... more >
Getting fire testing standards right

23/03/2017Getting fire testing standards right

Richard Nowell, rolling stock engineer at the RSSB, discusses the ‘EN 45545-2 Fire testing of materials and components for trains’, a... more >