With major plans for rail development in the UK, such as HS2, it’s crucial that skilled talent is attracted and trained quickly; latest figures estimate that 50,000 more professionals are needed in rail. Tania Bowers, Legal Counsel and Head of Public Policy at The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo)…
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High Speed 2 (HS2) is a planned high-speed railway in the United Kingdom. Some sections of the railway are under construction, while other sections are awaiting approval. At 345 miles long, the new high-speed track will connect the city centres of London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.
When complete, HS2 will be the backbone of Britain’s transport network – helping to bridge the north-south divide. HS2 will free up space on the UK’s already congested rail lines, relieving overcrowding and improving reliability for millions of people using Britain’s railways.
HS2 Ltd has started the search for specialist contractors to deliver the Overhead Catenary System (OCS) that will provide power to trains running on the UK's new high-speed rail link between London, Birmingham and the north of England.
As the beginning of major construction work moves closer, HS2 has announced that it has begun recruiting for hundreds of new jobs across the entire high-speed rail project.
The demolition of London Euston station’s western ramp and canopy is a significant milestone in the preparation for the construction of the new HS2 station.
HS2 Ltd. has announced that three bidders will be invited to tender for the £570 million contract to construct Birmingham Curzon Street station.
HS2 has highlighted the importance of a more diverse workforce in delivering the high-speed rail project on International Women in Engineering Day 2020.
The winner of the £300 million contract will be responsible for HS2's telecommunication systems from design through to initial maintenance.
With the rail industry facing an ageing workforce, HS2 has committed to hiring and developing the skills of more graduates and apprentices in preparation for the future.
HS2 Ltd has launched its new start-up ‘Innovation Accelerator' calling for entrepreneurial ideas that can help drive project efficiencies and create wider long-term economic benefits around the UK's new high-speed line project.
Preparation of the launch site is the first step in HS2's efforts to deliver the Chiltern tunnels and Colne Valley Viaduct project.
On World Environment Day 2020, the CEO of HS2 has highlighted the huge scale of ecological and landscape work being carried out on the entire project.
TfN members have called for a phased 20-year pipeline of rail investment in order to ensure the delivery of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail.
HSRG has outlined that the implementation of a transformative high-speed rail programme across the UK would support country-wide resilience and growth.
The £2.7 billion transport plan will improve transport across the East Midlands, as well as delivering thousands of highly-skilled jobs and new homes.
The images follow the opening of a public vote to pick the names for the first two of 10 tunnel boring machines prior to manufacturing.