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HS2 hivi (Photo HS2 Ltd)

Innovation funding supports sustainable decommissioning of HS2 worksites


UK: HS2 Ltd is to work with SMEs Infinitive Group Ltd and Material Index as part of its efforts to sustainably ‘deconstruct’ worksites along the 225 km of high speed railway being built between London and the West Midlands.

Passengers and London King's Cross station concourse (Photo Network Rail)

Government introduces bill to take passenger train operations into the public sector


UK: The legislation envisages that the direct award of a contract to a public sector operator would become the default, rather than a last resort.

Northern Whatsapp (Image Northern)

Train operator says WhatsApp service has saved 1 277 h of employee time


UK: Train operator Northern says its entirely AI-operated Whatsapp enquiry service has received 8 000 messages from customers in the first year of operation, which has freed-up 1 277 h of employee time.

Mike Putnam (Photo Network Rail)

Acting Chair appointed at Network Rail


UK: Network Rail’s senior non-executive director Mike Putnam has been appointed as Acting Chair of the infrastructure manager, replacing Lord Peter Hendy who has been appointed as Minister of State at the Department for Transport.