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NPR boss backs £37m NPR Budget pledge: ‘What we asked for is what we’ve got’

NPR boss backs £37m NPR Budget pledge: ‘What we asked for is what we’ve got’

08.11.18: The director of Northern Powerhouse Rail has supported the government’s commitment to NPR, arguing that the Budget funding announcement shows Westminster’s confidence in the scheme. Tim Wood, NPR director at TfN, said the U...

Rail industry slams door on ‘completely misunderstood’ Grayling HS2 Phase 2b comments

Rail industry slams door on ‘completely misunderstood’ Grayling HS2 Phase 2b comments

08.11.18: Leaders of the northern rail industry have rejected the possibility of the Phase 2b HS2 route possibly no longer being funded by the government, arguing that the comments raising concern by the transport secretary were “completely misunder...

Worried council prepares official response to ‘crackpot’ HS2 plans

Worried council prepares official response to ‘crackpot’ HS2 plans

07.11.18: HS2 has been slammed as a “crackpot idea” which won’t benefit local residents by councillors in Northwich as they prepare to submit an official response to the project’s consultation. Members of Northwich Town Counci...

Half a million jobs ‘just the beginning’ as HS2 chair calls on local partnerships to lead the way

Half a million jobs ‘just the beginning’ as HS2 chair calls on local partnerships to lead the way

07.11.18: Sir Terry Morgan has said that half a million jobs and ninety thousand homes are “just the beginning” of the spread of wealth HS2 will bring to Britain. Speaking at the Built Environment Networking’s HS2 Economic Growth Co...

HS2 engineering consultancy relocates to new £7m Birmingham headquarters

HS2 engineering consultancy relocates to new £7m Birmingham headquarters

06.11.18: The engineering company responsible of the redesign and delivery of HS2’s Curzon Street Station has completed its relocation into its new £7m Birmingham headquarters. WSP, a global engineering consultancy, moved over 700 staff f...

HS2 begins consultation for contractors to build £3.5bn western leg of Phase Two

HS2 begins consultation for contractors to build £3.5bn western leg of Phase Two

30.10.18: HS2 has started contractor consultations for Phase 2a to build the high-speed railway between the West Midlands and Crewe. The largely rural route forms the first part of the western leg of HS2 Phase Two and is expected to cost £3.5bn...

Archaeologists begin UK’s biggest ever excavation work at HS2 London Euston site

Archaeologists begin UK’s biggest ever excavation work at HS2 London Euston site

26.10.18: Archaeological work on the HS2 rail link between London and Birmingham to remove 45,000 skeletons from a burial site has begun. Over 1,000 archaeologists, specialists, scientists and conservators will be exploring and recording over 60 arch...

Leaked: HS2 will cost 25% more than similar projects in other countries

Leaked: HS2 will cost 25% more than similar projects in other countries

19.10.18: The £56bn HS2 project is set to cost 25% more than similar projects being carried out in other countries, a leaked report written by PwC has revealed. The official report was commissioned by HS2 but was never published – and, ac...

HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

17.10.18: Councillors have endorsed a “milestone” plan to transform Leeds station in preparation for HS2 arriving in the region. The Leeds City Council executive board approved the strategic outline business case, the detailed transformat...

HS2 Phase 2 boss defends 12-month bill delay: ‘We actually proposed this ourselves’

HS2 Phase 2 boss defends 12-month bill delay: ‘We actually proposed this ourselves’

16.10.18: The outgoing boss of HS2 Phase 2b has defended the one-year setback in introducing legislation to Parliament, arguing that the move was “essential” to ensure the benefits of Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) play a role in the final bil...

New images of Birmingham and Solihull’s HS2 stations revealed

New images of Birmingham and Solihull’s HS2 stations revealed

09.10.18: New images have been released that show what the planned HS2 stations for Birmingham and Solihull could look like when completed. The images are to be released at a series of events throughout October, the first of which will be held at Bir...

Euston site cleared for new HS2 approach tunnel

Euston site cleared for new HS2 approach tunnel

05.10.18: HS2 work to demolish former carriage sheds at Euston station has been completed, revealing the full scale of the approach tunnel for the new high-speed rail link’s London terminal for the first time. The nine-month demolition of the o...

HS2 recruits ex-St Pancras boss as new director for stations

HS2 recruits ex-St Pancras boss as new director for stations

02.10.18: HS2 has appointed Mike Luddy, the former director of St Pancras’ restoration, as the co-ordinator of commercial development at all four HS2 phase one stations. Luddy joined HS2 this week from the Royal Docks Management Authority (RoDM...

Work begins on high-speed rail in Birmingham as Tories quarrel over HS2 future

Work begins on high-speed rail in Birmingham as Tories quarrel over HS2 future

02.10.18: Chris Grayling and West Midlands Mayor Andy Street marked the start of the construction of the HS2 high speed rail line in Birmingham, at the same time as Conservative ministers argued over HS2’s future at their party conference. The...

Chancellor unveils new funding for East Midlands HS2 station and airport expansion

Chancellor unveils new funding for East Midlands HS2 station and airport expansion

02.10.18: The chancellor has revealed new funding for a locally-led development body for HS2’s East Midlands Hub station. Giving a speech at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham yesterday, Philip Hammond unveiled the funding earmarke...

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Network Rail reminds walkers in Whitby to stay off railway

02/06/2020Network Rail reminds walkers in Whitby to stay off railway

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£8m Aberdeen station redevelopment

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Cumbrian Coast line back on track

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Trains have begun running on the Cumbrian Coast line again after three successive storms forced the railway to close earlier this year. Nort... 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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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 >