Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has announced that an independently-led government review will look at whether and how HS2 should proceed.
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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.
Eight women from the West Midlands have secured jobs or received employment offers within the construction sector, supporting the delivery of HS2, thanks to a pilot work experience programme.
Taking over from Virgin, First Trenitalia will run services on the West Coast Main Line, with passengers set to benefit from more seats, extra services, simplified fares and station upgrades.
In a UK-first, the company delivering Britain’s new high-speed rail network is using augmented reality to train the staff who will eventually run the Old Oak Common ‘super hub’ – set to be one of the UK’s busiest and best-connected stations.
The new Integrated Rail Plan for the future of the UK’s Sheffield City Region's rail network will lead to improved capacity, reliability, affordability and journey times for communities and businesses across the region.
The service will run every three minutes, gets to Birmingham Airport in six minutes and provides transport for 2,100 passengers per hour.
The UK government is to contribute £11 million to create the Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration (IHSRSI) at the University of Leeds – a world-class high-speed rail research facility which is hoped will revolutionise the way new railway systems are invented, developed and brought into service.
Global Railway Review’s Editor, Craig Waters, speaks to L.B Foster’s CTO, Dr Mark Aston, about what the future of rail looks like and how L.B Foster plans to be a part of the exciting times ahead.
Members of the Czech Parliament, government and rail industry visited HS2 Ltd in preparation of the Czech Republic’s investment in its railways.
As the Tory leadership battle races on, former Transport Secretary and Chief Whip Sir Patrick McLoughlin MP has urged the next Prime Minister of the UK to back 30,000 jobs and £92 million in economic growth HS2 facilitates.
Siemens Mobility Limited has formally submitted its bid to supply and maintain 54 trains for Phase One of the UK’s High Speed Two (HS2) line.
Hitachi Rail and Bombardier have bid for the £2.75 billion HS2 contract to build at least 54 new trains.