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HS2 uncovers Iron Age discoveries

HS2 uncovers Iron Age discoveries

13 July 2020During the excavation work at Wellwick Farm near Wendover, archaeologists working on the HS2 project in Buckinghamshire have discovered a skeleton believed to be a murder victim from the Iron Age. The discovery comes at the start of the Festival...

HS2 eastern leg could create up to 150,000 jobs

HS2 eastern leg could create up to 150,000 jobs

07 July 2020Leaders in the North and the Midlands are calling for HS2 work to be brought forward as new research shows the eastern leg of the line could create up to 150,000 jobs. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is being pushed to back his promise to ‘bui...

HS2 trials UK’s first electric forklift

HS2 trials UK’s first electric forklift

06 July 2020In their efforts to lessen their carbon footprint and support the country’s green economic recovery, HS2 are trailing the UK’s first electric forklift on one of its major construction sites in London. The Eco Telehandler vehicle is be...

HS2 recruiting for hundreds of construction jobs

HS2 recruiting for hundreds of construction jobs

30 June 2020Hundreds of new jobs have been announced today (June 30) at HS2 Ltd, across a broad range of disciplines, from engineering and project management to land and property, procurement and commercial. These are just a few amongst those to be advertise...

£250m HS2 work package puts firms on alert

£250m HS2 work package puts firms on alert

26 June 2020High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd has placed ground investigation firms on alert for a £250m package of work for phase two of the project, north of Birmingham. HS2 is planning to brief firms about the package in a webinar on July 9th ahead of inviti...

HS2 Minister responds to Transport Select Committee

HS2 Minister responds to Transport Select Committee

25 June 2020Following a letter from the Transport Select Committee back in May, Andrew Stephenson, HS2 Minister yesterday (June 24th) responded and published his letter of response. Mr. Stephenson began his later by discussing the challenge of transparency....

HS2 searching for operational telecoms supplier

HS2 searching for operational telecoms supplier

22 June 2020Today (June 22nd) HS2 have begun looking for an expert contractor to deliver 230km of revolutionary telecommunications systems which will link up to the UK’s new high-speed rail route between London, Birmingham and the north of England. The...

HS2 pledges to double its investment in graduate recruitment

HS2 pledges to double its investment in graduate recruitment

18 June 2020Back in September 2018, at their Skills, Education and Employment event, HS2 illustrated their commitment to furthering a diverse workforce that addressed the gender and age imbalances that are commonplace across construction and rail engineering....

HS2 launches Innovation Accelerator initiative

HS2 launches Innovation Accelerator initiative

17 June 2020HS2 Ltd announced yesterday (16th June) a new initiative of theirs titled ‘Innovation Accelerator.’ This new scheme aims to encourage and develop entrepreneurial ideas that can help drive project efficiencies and create wider long-ter...

HS2 minister to host roundtables on integrated rail plan

HS2 minister to host roundtables on integrated rail plan

16 June 2020Andrew Stephenson, HS2 Minister, is hosting a series of virtual meetings with leaders from across the north and Midlands, making sure regional representatives can voice their properties for the integrated rail plan (IRP) and the current plans for...

HS2 reveals first images of new tunnel launch site

HS2 reveals first images of new tunnel launch site

11 June 2020HS2 have today revealed (June 11th) a selection of new images showing the current preparations for the arrival of the project’s first giant tunnelling machines, which will be launched from a site next to the M25 early next year. The two 2,0...

High-Speed Rail and Scotland report

High-Speed Rail and Scotland report

10 June 2020High-Speed Rail Group have published their latest report, titled ‘High-Speed Rail and Scotland’, which sets out how travel time between London and Scotland could be cut down to just over three hours. Through a combination of new high...

Revolutionary £2.7bn plan for Derbyshire’s links to HS2 hub station at Toton

Revolutionary £2.7bn plan for Derbyshire’s links to HS2 hub station at Toton

28 May 2020A £2.7bn transport plan to deliver fast and frequent connections to the HS2 East Midlands Hub station at Toton and key development sties across the East Midlands has been released, with hopes to aid the economic recovery for Derbyshire post...

HS2: Tunnel Boring Machines first images revealed

HS2: Tunnel Boring Machines first images revealed

26 May 2020HS2 have today (May 26) releveled the first images of their two Tunnel Boring Machines set to begin working on the project later this year. The TBMs are 170m in length, nearly 5 times the length of a football pitch, each one weights roughly 2000...

LEP approves £3.8m for Chesterfield Station Masterplan

LEP approves £3.8m for Chesterfield Station Masterplan

21 May 2020Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire LEP (D2N2) approved a £3.8m grant yesterday (May 20), to part fund the construction of the £7.42m Hollis Lane Link Road project in Chesterfield. It forms a vital part of the Chesterfield...

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Avanti West Coast upgrades Voyager fleet

13/07/2020Avanti West Coast upgrades Voyager fleet

Following an £8.3m deal which was signed with Bombardier last year, the 20 Voyagers, which operate over the non-electrified sections of the... more >
Two weeks of Midland Main Line improvement work

13/07/2020Two weeks of Midland Main Line improvement work

As vital work continues on the £1.5bn Midland Main Line Upgrade, passengers who have to travel over the next two weekends are being urged b... more >
HS2 uncovers Iron Age discoveries

13/07/2020HS2 uncovers Iron Age discoveries

During the excavation work at Wellwick Farm near Wendover, archaeologists working on the HS2 project in Buckinghamshire have discovered a skeleto... 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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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 innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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 >