Industry News

Ashford International welcomes first modern high-speed train en-route to Paris

Ashford International Station will now see more high speed services from Europe, after the completion of a £10m project that has included an upgrade to the track, adaptation of Ashford’s international platforms and state-of the-art signalling equipment. The improvement to what is known as the Ashford spur means that the track now meets international standards and [ … ]
National College of High Speed Rail preparing the UK's next generation of engineers and industry leaders

National College of High Speed Rail preparing the UK’s next generation of engineers and industry leaders

Clair Mowbray, Chief Executive of the National College for High Speed Rail, spoke to Rail Technology Magazine about how the brand-new facility is working to support businesses in upskilling the existing workforce, as well as preparing the UK’s next generation of talented engineers and industry leaders. The new £40m training facility, which includes two state-of-the-art buildings in Doncaster and [ … ]

HS2 makes good progress one year on from Royal Assent

Since Royal Assent was granted last year construction has already begun along the Phase One route, which will run from London to the West Midlands and is due to be mostly completed by 2025. The first train services are expected to run on the line from 2026. Enabling work has already begun, with the main civil engineering [ … ]

Keeping HSR to Scotland in the fast track

It may have been 6 years since Fast Track Scotland was published (which set out the case for Scotland’s inclusion in a UK wide high speed rail network) but the momentum to drive forward this vision is still going strong. Thanks to a tight operational relationship with colleagues from DfT and Network Rail, 2017 was [ … ]

Contractors shortlisted for design and development of HS2 stations

The design and development partners Arup and WSP have been selected to undertake detailed design for the ‘landmark’ Birmingham Curzon Street, Birmingham Interchange and Old Oak Common stations and the rebuilding of London Euston station. The announcement, made by HS2 Ltd, details the four phase one station projects as: Birmingham Curzon Street: WSP UK with [ … ]

2018: The year of opportunity for HS2

As industry leaders, our members welcome the commitment to HS2, look forward to its completion and envisage a long-term plan for high-speed rail in Britain that will extend the network across the north of England and to Scotland and connect to improved rail services, including Northern Powerhouse Rail and Crossrail 2. This summer, on 12 [ … ]