UK: Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham is ready to petition parliament if the Northern Powerhouse Rail and High Speed 2 programmes are cut back or cancelled, he told Rail Business UK following the annual Transport for the North conference.
UK: Concerns over the future of both the eastern leg of HS2 Phase 2b and the proposed Northern Powerhouse Rail programme were the focus of debate at the annual Transport for the North conference held in Leeds on September 21.
UK: Transport for London has joined the Rail Supply Group’s export reference scheme which provides simplified project references for suppliers who are seeking to sell their products or services overseas. Network Rail and HS2 Ltd already participate.
UK: The Align JV of Bouygues Travaux Publics, Sir Robert McAlpine and VolkerFitzpatrick has started to excavate HS2’s 16 km Chiltern tunnel using semi-continuous boring machines, in what it says is a first for a UK tunnelling project. Nick Kingsley reports from the South Portal construction hub to the north of London.
UK: Rail industry bodies have responded to the Queen’s Speech at the state opening of parliament on May 11, in which the Queen set out the government’s plans to invest in infrastructure, ‘transform connectivity by rail and bus’, and ‘invest in new green industries to create jobs, while protecting the ...