Delivering the next generation of trains for the UK’s new high speed network.

High Speed Rail Industry Leaders welcomes the Government announcement on the bidders shortlisted to deliver the next generation of state-of-the-art trains for the UK’s new high speed network.

With the first trains expected to roll off the production line in the early-2020s, the investment is expected to create hundreds of jobs and boost Britain’s skills and expertise in the high speed rail sector.

Our spokesperson commented on the announcement – “HS2 is the biggest and most ambitious infrastructure project in the country and will not only revitalise Britain’s transport networks, but also boost skills, generate employment and strengthen the UK construction and manufacturing supply chains.” (more…)

Royal Assent granted for Phase 1 of HS2

Royal Assent has been granted for Phase 1 of HS2, marking another significant milestone for High Speed Rail in Britain. High Speed Rail Industry Leaders welcomed apprentices from across our membership as they joined Transport Minister Andrew Jones MP to say ‘We’re HS2 ready!’

HS2 will be the biggest investment in our skills base in decades and will foster a new generation of world class engineers and experts across a range of sectors. This year (more…)

High Speed Rail for Northern England and Scotland

The Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure Investment and Cities in Scotland and the UK Transport Minister met in Waverley Station to launch two long awaited reports, one from HS2 Ltd on Anglo-Scottish high-speed rail, the other on the case for high-speed rail between Edinburgh and Glasgow.  Their common aim has settled on what the Scottish Ministers have long sought: a three hour journey time from Edinburgh and Glasgow to London.

HSR - 3hrs to scotland

The High Speed Scotland Summary Report sets out the appraisal of a high speed rail connection between Glasgow and Edinburgh, which emerged from initial feasibility work carried out by Transport Scotland when considering potential options for linking Scotland to the high speed network being developed by HS2 Ltd. The report also takes into account the Broad options for upgraded and high speed railways to the North of England and Scotland study, which outlines findings from the feasibility study of delivering journey times of 3 hours or less between London and Scotland, by looking in to upgrade options to the existing West Coast Main Line (WCML) and East Coast Main Line (ECML), and options for high speed routes extending from HS2 Phase Two.

Keith Brown, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities (more…)

How industry will build our new high speed railway

HS2 will be the biggest ever single investment in the UK rail network. With this huge level of investment, the industry bears the responsibility to deliver the project as efficiently as
possible and to ensure that taxpayers get the most value for their spend. Last year, High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL) produced a report outlining how the rail industry will build Britain’s new high speed railway. ‘Poised to Deliver’ uses examples from its member companies, lessons learnt and experience built up (more…)