Transport secretary Chris Grayling has appointed Sir Terry Morgan as the new HS2 chairman. Sir Terry has been the chair of Crossrail since 2009 and will replace outgoing chair Sir David Higgins on August 1. Announcements on HS2's new chief operating...
A site to the east of Leeds, not the previously announced village of Crofton, will be where HS2's eastern leg rolling stock depot will be built, the government has revealed. Up to 125 jobs will be created at the Aire Valley...
The National College for High-Speed Rail (NCHSR) has established a partnership with Alstom's Academy for Rail in Widnes. The agreement will see NCHSR lead on the provision of learner education and technical training at the facility, which opened in June...
The first of Eurostar's new fleet of high-speed trains has called at Ashford International station. Arriving at 2.55pm on its way to Paris, the Eurostar e320 was able to stop at Ashford thanks to the completion of a £10 million...
Network Certification Body (NCB), an independent subsidiary of Network Rail, has been awarded a £20 million contract with CERTIFER to provide independent assessment services for HS2. The 10-year deal covers the design and construction of Phase 1 and Phase 2a, including...
HS2 investigators have discovered a sub-tropical coastline which dates back around 56 million years. The discovery of the previously unknown material was made 33m below the surface following ground investigations from geotechnical firm Fugro, one of nine companies which have a...
Long Eaton to Amsterdam and back. Few - if any - can say they’ve travelled the return journey of at least 600 miles from the East Midlands to the Dutch capital in one day. On 20 February, I did just...
A high-speed service could be becoming to Stoke-on-Trent after transport secretary Chris Grayling backed plans to extend a key platform at Crewe station. HS2 Phase 2a plans from the West Midlands to Crewe will  be modified to extend Platform 5...
It is a well-documented, industry-wide issue and if it’s not tackled, the ramifications could be huge. The engineering and higher-level skills gap needs no introduction. At the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), technical recruitment agency Morson held a...
Railway systems professor Clive Roberts, of the University of Birmingham, has joined HS2. Clive will lead HS2's digital connectivity workstream to maximise the benefits from the arrival of the high-speed rail to the West Midlands. Responsible for delivering the West Midlands Combined...
Pizza boxes piled in a corner, eyes fixed to laptop screens and sugary foods scattered around the room. It might sound like a student’s typical night in but this is actually the setting for innovation. Techies, coders, strategists, designers. These...
Every time I walk into work, I notice Birmingham is in the midst of a renaissance. Not a month goes by without a new commercial building opening or another construction project breaking ground. In 2017, the project to build the...
Technical director Andrew McNaughton will become HS2's new strategic technical adviser in the new year. The part-time role will see Andrew provide strategic advice and assurance to the HS2 executive on technical matters. He will also advise the Department of Transport...
Stewart Thorpe attended the Rail Forum East Midlands (RFEM) annual conference to get a flavour of the region's big plans   It might be overshadowed by its West Midlands neighbour, which continues to press for great devolution and has positioned itself...
HS2 Ltd has appointed a new human resources director. Neil Hayward has previously held senior roles in human resources working for BT, the Ministry of Justice, Serco Group and the Post Office, and from November 13 he will take up...
The chief financial officer for HS2 Ltd has announced he is to leave the company at the end of this financial year. In a statement issued on the government's website, Steve Allen said that he has made the decision in...
The National College for High Speed Rail has officially opened its doors following ceremonies at its Doncaster and Birmingham campuses. Yesterday two of HS2's greatest cheerleaders rail minister Paul Maynard and West Midlands mayor Andy Street spoke of the impact...

HS2 under the microscope

On a single day in July, more than 100 documents relating to HS2 were published on the Department for Transport’s website - not so surprising when you realise that parliament's summer recess was looming. Some of the papers were more...
Wildlife habitats are being built in Warwickshire in preparation for Hs2. Work at Finham Brook, Kenilworth, will begin in August with six new ponds being created and more than 6,000 trees and shrubs to be planted, to create new woodlands...
Making his first speech since being appointed HS2 minister, Paul Maynard says the high-speed line is no longer a pipe dream. Phase 1 has been approved by parliament and initial construction work has begun. The utility diversions, the land...
Royal assent represented the final piece of a complex legislative puzzle for Phase One of HS2. The announcement came as no surprise in the end. Following the hybrid bill’s third reading in the House of Lords in January, it...
Birmingham has unveiled ambitious plans to maximise the benefits of HS2. City leaders have launched the Curzon Investment Plan, a 30 year strategy to  regenerate the 141 hectares of land around the planned HS2 Curzon Street Station. Almost £1 billion...
HS2 Ltd, the company charged with designing and building the UK’s new high-speed rail network, has made two major announcements today. The first is the resignation of chief executive Simon Kirby. Simon, who joined the project from Network Rail two and...

High Speed Skills

The opening of HS2’s headquarters in Birmingham last month was another important date in the project’s long, and at times difficult, timeline. Birmingham is at the heart of HS2 and is set to benefit more than any other city on...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work