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Huge new bridge for HS2 over M42 installed in just two days

HS2 enabling works contractor, LMJV (Laing O’Rourke and J. Murphy & Sons Joint Venture) has installed a 65-metre bridge, spanning the width of the M42, in just two days and ahead of schedule as the motorway reopened...

Detailed design of HS2 Curzon Street station has reduced carbon emissions by 55%

Since the first images of the new HS2 station at Birmingham Curzon Street were released in 2018, so that planning applications could be submitted, detailed design work has been going on. As a result...

HS2 Chiltern tunnel headwall ready for tunnel boring machines

HS2 is preparing for the arrival of its first giant tunnelling machines by completing the 17-metre-high headwall and ground reinforcement at what will become the south portal of the 10-mile long Chiltern tunnel. Led...

HS2 vent shaft headhouse at Chalfont St Peter designed to fit into landscape

HS2 has published its final design for the Chalfont St Peter vent shaft headhouse – the first of four similar structures that will provide ventilation and emergency access to the high-speed rail line’s 10-mile-long Chiltern tunnel.

£3 billion masterplan for Arden Cross, alongside HS2 Birmingham Interchange station

A development consortium has announced a £3 billion plan to create a sustainable new business, leisure and residential destination and world leading economic hub around HS2’s proposed Birmingham Interchange station. Arden Cross is a...

HS2 contractors in London launch Empowering Communities

HS2 London contractors have launched a major social legacy programme called Empowering Communities, intended to benefit communities along the final part of the HS2 route into London.  Andrew Stephenson MP, the HS2 Minister, announced...

Shapps appoints three non-executive directors to the HS2 board

As HS2 enters its construction phase and increases its activity and scale along the route and across the business, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced the appointment of three non-executive directors to the HS2 Board to strengthen...

HS2 opens procurement competition for signalling and slab track

With the Prime Minister having announced the decision to go ahead with HS2, the first rail systems procurement competitions have commenced - for track and signalling. Four new contract opportunities cover the design and...

Electric forklift brings green benefits to HS2 construction site

As construction of HS2 gets underway, and the company sets out to do so in as sustainable a way as possible, main works civils contractor Skanska Costain Strabag Joint Venture has been trialling the use of an...

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.

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RAIB first statement on Stonehaven accident

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has issued its first statement into the fatal train accident...

Alison Stansfield

It is with great sadness that the Permanent Way Institution has announced the loss of dear friend and colleague, Alison Stansfield.

Daniel Pyke joins Kloeckner from British Steel

Daniel Pyke, former marketing manager for rail products at British Steel, has joined the multinational Kloeckner group as business development manager,...

Three people killed in a train accident in Scotland

The Scotrail HST, of the type shown above, was on the morning service from Aberdeen to Glasgow.  It left at...

RUOK Today?

Organisers of the ‘RUOKToday?’ initiative are planning a major online event on Thursday 12th September 2020, to support travellers who may need...