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HS2 - Articles and news items

Britain’s rail companies plan to run more trains, to more places, more often

Rail industry news / 20 March 2017 /

Britain’s rail companies have unveiled plans to run over 6,400 more passenger trains every week by 2021, running to more places more often, creating new opportunities and supporting jobs.

Should we go ahead with HS2?

Railway Extra, Z Homepage promo / 16 March 2017 /

Regular European Railway Review blogger, Graham Ellis, delves into the subject of high-speed train lines, specifically HS2.

HS2 gains Royal Assent

Rail industry news / 23 February 2017 /

The HS2 Bill gained Royal Assent today after three years of Parliamentary scrutiny, paving the way for the new rail line that will increase capacity on Britain’s railways while also connecting the biggest cities and generating jobs and economic growth.

Mark Thurston is the new CEO for HS2

Rail industry news / 17 February 2017 /

Mark Thurston has been announced as the new Chief Executive of High Speed 2 (HS2).

Search for supplier to build HS2 trains in £2.75bn contract launched

Rail industry news / 20 January 2017 /

The search for a supplier to design, build and maintain a fleet of HS2 trains was launched on the 20 January by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.

Government confirms preferred HS2 Phase 2 route

Rail industry news / 15 November 2016 /

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has set out the Government’s preferred HS2 Phase 2 route and announces £900m preparatory work contract.

Government confirms new West Coast franchise will operate WCML & HS2 services

Rail industry news / 4 November 2016 /

The UK government has confirmed the new West Coast franchise will combine the West Coast Main Line with the development and introduction of High Speed 2 (HS2) services.

Government reaffirms commitment to HS2 construction

Rail industry news / 12 October 2016 /

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has reiterated Government commitment to pressing ahead with the UK’s next high speed rail link, HS2.

Report calls for part privatisation of Network Rail and scrappage of HS2

Rail industry news / 8 September 2016 /

A new report published by the Adam Smith Institute has called on the government to part privatise Network Rail and scrap HS2 to reduce cost on the taxpayer.

Reaction to new HS2 South Yorkshire route recommendations

Rail industry news / 8 July 2016 /

The government is to review new options put forward for the HS2 South Yorkshire route which could abandon original plans for a high speed station at Meadowhall in Sheffield.

Businesses urged to take advantage of HS2 opportunities

Rail industry news / 7 July 2016 /

The UK Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, has encouraged businesses to take advantage of the opportunities HS2 will bring and bid for project contracts.

HS2 rail line to Crewe will open 6 years ahead of schedule

Rail industry news / 30 November 2015 /

HS2 rail link connecting Birmingham to Crewe will open 6 years ahead of schedule in 2027, confirmed Chancellor George Osborne on 30 November 2015.