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HS2 start procurement of high voltage power supply systems

The search has started for specialist contractors to deliver the high voltage power supply systems to HS2. The winner of this latest rail systems contract – worth an estimated £523m – will be responsible...

HS2 launches race for Overhead Catenary System suppliers

HS2 has launched its procurement process looking for specialist contractors to deliver the Overhead Catenary System (OCS) for the electrification of the new high-speed railway line between London, Birmingham and the north of England.

Rail decarbonisation update

The feature in our March issue that considered the electrification required for a zero-carbon railway attracted a great deal of interest. This included a map showing that between 4,300 and 6,300 route kilometres of electrification was likely...

Reducing the costs of electrification

Guest writer: Justin Moss - Strategic Development Manager at Siemens Mobility. In March 2020, the Department for Transport (DfT) published its ‘Decarbonising Transport’ paper, outlining the role the transport...

Getting electrification done: the net-zero imperative

On 24 June 2019, the House of Commons unanimously passed an amendment to the Climate Change Act that committed the UK to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Previously, the target had been 80 per cent of UK’s...

Signalling failures: why do we hear about them so much?

We often hear that “trains are delayed because of a signalling failure”. But why do we hear about it so much, and is it because there are more signalling failures? Signalling is fundamental...

Collis hits 50 NOT OUT

Having opened its doors in 1970, Collis Engineering is celebrating 50 years in business this year. From its local steelwork origins to a multi-disciplined specialist in civil engineering, consultancy, contracting and steelwork fabrication, the company has come...

Finishing off the fourth track between Bedford and Kettering

Apart from the electrification of the section of route from London St. Pancras to Bedford in the late 1970s, the Midland main line has had few upgrades of any significance throughout its existence, until the current major...

Prototype overhead line structure revealed

A prototype overhead line structure (OLS) designed to be quick to install, easy to maintain and more attractive to look at has been unveiled by its creators, Mott MacDonald and architects Moxon.

Ukrainian Railways signals intent to work with Alstom on renewal of electric locomotive fleet

UZ seeks to increase the amount of electrified railways from 47 per cent to 54 per cent in the next two years.

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Daniel Pyke joins Kloeckner from British Steel

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