Midlands Connect states that financial support for the Midlands Engine Rail project will result in a wide range of benefits, including maximising the impact of HS2.
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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.
The new HS2 station will improve access to the Midlands, including Birmingham International Station, the NEC and Birmingham Airport (BHX).
For our ‘Improving Rail’s Environmental Impact’ series, Joe O’Donnell, Head of Policy at the Rail Freight Group (RFG) explores the role of rail freight in achieving the UK’s decarbonisation aims and whether it’s full potential can ever truly be taken advantage of.
Following the DfT's update, Transport for the North is calling for an investment plan that delivers the best deal for rail across Northern England.
David Clarke, Technical Director at the Railway Industry Association (RIA) explains that building new infrastructure, along with several other measures, can help rail networks prepare for the effects of climate change.
The new HS2 station plans have been submitted as part of the Schedule 17 submission, and moves the beginning of construction a step closer to being underway.
The UK Prime Minister has confirmed that HS2 will go ahead, with construction for Phase 1 from London to the West Midlands set to begin in April 2020.
Freightliner's open letter supports the plans to build HS2 lines across the UK, emphasising the positive benefits it will bring, such as decarbonisation.
Midlands Connect will work with Birmingham Airport to improve rail and road access, including supporting the development of Midlands Engine Rail and HS2.
Sir John Peace has written to Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, warning him that any delay or downgrade of High Speed Two (HS2) would be a betrayal of the Midlands and the North, and urging him to publish the Oakervee review in full as soon as possible.
Michèle Dix, Managing Director of Crossrail 2, writes that with new and exciting rail projects in Britain at key stages of planning or delivery, rail has the ability to play a central role in the economy and society of the future – as long as there is a focus on…
The arrival of High Speed 2 (HS2) and the Northern Powerhouse Railway (NPR) will undoubtedly boost economic growth in the North of England. But these new networks will also provide UK plc with the opportunity to upskill a new generation of rail professionals, writes Tim Danvers, Business Development Director for…
This issue includes articles about Hull Trains’ new hi-tech fleet, establishing a new safety culture for European railways, how HS2 and NPR will be key to upskilling UK plc, the latest infrastructure modernisation projects in Croatia, In-Depth Focus sections on Noise & Vibrations and Rail Traffic Management Systems, plus experts…
GB Railfreight insists that a decision on the future of the HS2 scheme must be made as soon as possible following the December general election.