Latest Rail News


Push for HS3 from northern cities

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson made a powerful case for high-speed rail to be extended to his city at a discussion event last night, where he was joined by cities minister Greg Clark, Lords transport whip Lord Popat and ResPublica think tank founder Phillip Blond.

RTM editor Adam Hewitt chaired the panel debate at the Conservative Party Conference 2014 fringe last night, which focused on HS3 and east-west connectivity among England’s major northern cities.

The discussion focused on the potential new trans-Pennine tunnelled high-speed line between Manchester and Leeds and the more extensive proposals under the £15bn One North plans, which would also include highways improvements alongside major rail upgrades.

Representing his city and the ‘20 Miles More’ campaign, Joe Anderson said it is “absolutely madness” not to improve transport connections across the north and into Liverpool.

He said the cases for both HS2 and HS3 are “overwhelming”, while Blond said all the investment going into HS2 will simply suck jobs away from the north and towards the Midlands and London, unless east-west connectivity is radically improved in the north and more powers are devolved to visionary city leaders across the region.

He said: “It’s imperative and vitally important to the future of the north of this country that we have high-speed rail going from Liverpool to Hull.”

Blond was one of the signatories to the original 20 Miles More letter earlier this year.

Cities minister Greg Clark MP – also responsible for universities and science – praised Anderson’s record as Liverpool mayor, despite being from opposing parties. He and Lord Popat, for the government, were keen to reiterate that HS3, as outlined by chancellor George Osborne this summer, remained a proposal and not a fully-costed guarantee.

Among those in the audience for the debate were the boss of Siemens rail in the UK, Steve Scrimshaw, and Transport for Greater Manchester Jon Lamonte, who tweeted:

 Some other tweets from the night: 



There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment



Rail industry Focus

  • 27/01/2020ORR launch signalling systems market study

    The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today (Jan 27) opened a market study into the supply of rail signalling systems. The study will aim to examine issues within the rail signalling marketplace and...
  • 23/01/2020Innovation and Safety - David Clarke, RIA

    Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20   David Clarke, Technical Director, Railway Industry Association talks us through the ways innovation can be used to make the railway even safer. In a safety critical...
View all News


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 >

'the sleepers' blog

Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to in... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >


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 would not rule out his organisation issuing future r... more >
Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projects across the UK, Pearson Business School, part of... more >