Getting set for HS2: Responding to the HS2 Growth Taskforce

28 July, 2014

The government has responded to the independent HS2 Growth Taskforce’s report by challenging towns and cities to seize the full transformational potential of HS2, offering new funding to help local areas develop their HS2 strategies. The Taskforce published its report in March this year, highlighting the need for the country to get ready for HS2 – and setting out a list of practical and specific recommendations to help facilitate this.

Getting set for HS2: Responding to the HS2 Growth Taskforce recommends that places with HS2 stations should develop detailed strategies to make sure they can seize the economic opportunities that HS2 is expected to bring, and will also provide .

Could HS3 rescue our ailing regions?

23 July, 2014

Paul Ormerod’s recent opinion piece in City A.M. suggests that an imaginative, potentially risky concept like HS3 might address the geographically uneven nature of the recovery and alleviate the inertia in the labour market experiences of different local areas. Read the full article here:  Risky projects like HS3 are the only way to rescue our languishing regions

Spain records significant growth in High Speed Rail

13 May, 2014

Spain has recently recorded 23% growth in high speed rail patronage since 2013. RENFE has announced that following the introduction of a market-based fare structure in February 2013, the first 12 months has shown an increase of 23% in HSR passengers (from 12m to 14.9m) and revenue growth of 7% and average train occupancy/load factor up from 65% to 73%.

HS2 Plus

17 March, 2014

David Higgins, chairman of HS2 Ltd, has published his review of HS2, which includes his thoughts on the progress made so far, its ongoing development and his plans for the future. Access the full report and supporting slides here.

Commenting on HS2 Plus, Lawrie Quinn, member of the High Speed Rail Industry Leaders Group and Chair of the Railway Engineers Forum, said

“We welcome the suggestions about optimising the schedule for HS2. This will have a significant, beneficial impact on costs and ensuring construction is efficient and contained.

It also means investment in people and skills will  be brought forward ensuring the local resourcing of skills and plants to enable smoother delivery.

Sir David Higgins’s track record speaks for itself. He was key to ensuring that the Olympics, another large scale project, was delivered on time and on budget. His fresh perspective on HS2 makes his conclusions more significant.

The UK engineering industry is extremely well placed to deliver a programme of this scale – just look at the success of the Olympics, where time and geography constraints were overcome by innovative thinking and pioneering different approaches.”

New college will deliver specialised training and qualifications for HS2

14 January, 2014

Plans for a new college that will deliver the specialised training and qualifications needed for high speed rail, which will benefit HS2 and other future infrastructure projects across the country, have been announced by the government. The new college will provide Read on »