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HS2 trials AI solution to diminish carbon emissions

HS2 trials AI solution to diminish carbon emissions

15 September 2020HS2’s plans to reduce its carbon emissions are forming as part of a new carbon and cost estimating solution powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI). This is being trialled on a number of HS2 sites managed by the Skanska Costain STRABAG join...

HS2 Ltd: Five tech firms join Innovation Accelerator initiative

HS2 Ltd: Five tech firms join Innovation Accelerator initiative

11 September 2020HS2 Ltd have announced today (11 Sept) the first five revolutionary tech firms that will join HS2 Ltd’s Innovation Accelerator programme. The chosen five focus on HS2’s innovation challenges such as productivity; the environment; and...

HS2 construction begins with 22,000 jobs expected

HS2 construction begins with 22,000 jobs expected

04 September 2020Europe’s largest infrastructure project has today (4 Sept) reached a momentous milestone with the start of construction on the project, highlighting the large number of jobs the project will be recruiting for in the coming months and years. ...

Atkins and Gleeds brought in by HS2 to monitor costs

Atkins and Gleeds brought in by HS2 to monitor costs

02 September 2020Atkins and Gleeds have been appointed by HS2 to monitor the costs and programme development as the project proceeds through its construction phases. £125m has been secured by Atkins to oversea HS2’s new Commercial Delivery and Control...

HS2’s eco-friendly station gets planning green light

HS2’s eco-friendly station gets planning green light

27 August 2020HS2’s landmark station, that will be the centre of the Midlands network, has had plans approved by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. The station recently became the first railway station globally to achieve the BREEAM ‘Outstandin...

1.5 million lorries to be taken off the roads by HS2

1.5 million lorries to be taken off the roads by HS2

26 August 2020HS2 have received the first rail freight delivery of aggregate arrive (25 Aug) at HS2’s Washwood Heath site in Birmingham, signifying the start of HS2’s major programme to take up to 1.5 million lorries off Britain’s roads to cut...

HS2 to build new play area following school pupil’s letter

HS2 to build new play area following school pupil’s letter

24 August 2020Three Rivers District Council have today announced (24 Aug) planning permission has been granted for a new landscaped play area for Maple Cross JMI school in Maple Cross Rickmansworth, following a letter to HS2 from a local pupil. The project was...

HS2 release designs for Amersham vent shaft headhouse

HS2 release designs for Amersham vent shaft headhouse

20 August 2020Today (Aug 20) HS2 have released the design for one of the five structures that will be built to provide ventilation and emergency access to the high-speed rail line’s 10-mile-long Chiltern tunnel. The Amersham vent shaft headhouse will be...

HS2 launches second wave of Innovation Accelerator recruitment

HS2 launches second wave of Innovation Accelerator recruitment

17 August 2020Today (17 Aug) HS2 Ltd has launched the second wave of recruitment to its Innovation Accelerator programme, after a huge response to its first call out to tech start-ups and pioneering SMEs earlier this year. The company is looking to recruit fiv...

HS2 signs R&D agreement with leading UK rail researchers

HS2 signs R&D agreement with leading UK rail researchers

14 August 2020Today (14 Aug) HS2 Ltd have revealed that as part of its innovation programme they have signed a revolutionary agreement with leading railway research centres in UK universities that will allow it to access world-leading research capabilities, kno...

HS2 tunnelling machines named Florence and Cecilia

HS2 tunnelling machines named Florence and Cecilia

11 August 2020Today HS2 has revealed (11 Aug) the first images and publicly voted for names of the first two completed giant Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) that will dig the 10-mile-long twin-bore Chiltern tunnel on the first phase of the UK’s new low carb...

HS2 searching for high voltage power supply systems

HS2 searching for high voltage power supply systems

10 August 2020With the green light for construction given a few weeks ago, HS2 have today (10 Aug) began the search for expert contractors to deliver the high voltage power supply systems. These systems will transfer electricity to the UK’s new high-spee...

HS2 installs new bridge over M42 in just two days

HS2 installs new bridge over M42 in just two days

10 August 2020A 65-metre bridge was installed in just two days and ahead of schedule as the motorway opened 22 hours earlier than planned. The works near Interchange Station move Solihull closer to the arrival of HS2, Britain’s new low carbon high speed...

HS2’s Birmingham Curzon Street station: 55% carbon reduction

HS2’s Birmingham Curzon Street station: 55% carbon reduction

05 August 2020The HS2 project, Curzon Street station, which has been designed by a team in Birmingham, is hoped to reduce carbon emissions by an unprecedented 55% and achieve net zero carbon emissions from controlled energy consumption and use a variety of tech...

HS2 show their wildlife commitment with drone to monitor Skylarks

HS2 show their wildlife commitment with drone to monitor Skylarks

24 July 2020The main works civils contractor that is delivering the portion of HS2 that includes the Chiltern Tunnel, Roadbridge, a sub-contractor to Align JV, has begun using the drones during its wide environmental moderation programme on the tunnel South P...

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Rail franchises to end, making way for a new railway

21/09/2020Rail franchises to end, making way for a new railway

After 24 years, the Department for Transport (DfT) has today (21st Sept) announced that rail franchising is to end, forming the early steps towar... more >
Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

18/09/2020Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

Alstom’s move to takeover Bombardier Transportation has progressed following the announcement that Alstom has signed the sale and purchase ... more >
Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

18/09/2020Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

The Edinburgh-Glasgow, via Falkirk High, railway line will reopen for passengers on Monday (21st Sept.) Network Rail engineers have worked t... 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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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. ... 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 >