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HS2 Railway

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The high-speed railway linking London to Birmingham and the north will take intercity trains off the existing railway, freeing that up for a massive increase in local, regional and commuter services.

HS2’s Euston station at risk as Old Oak Common emerges as potential London terminus
HS2’s Euston station at risk as Old Oak Common emerges as potential London terminus

HS2’s Euston station at risk as Old Oak Common emerges as potential London terminus

The HS2 railway might never reach Euston and Old Oak Common could become its permanent London terminus in an effort to avoid the cost of building the station at Euston.

Sep
16
2023
HS2 completes core of the Euston station’s ‘Sugar Cube’
HS2 completes core of the Euston station’s ‘Sugar Cube’

HS2 completes core of the Euston station’s ‘Sugar Cube’

A large "sugar cube" that's being built as part of HS2's station at Euston has been topped out, marking the completion of their first above ground structure at the station.

Sep
07
2023
HS2 completes complex Colne Valley viaduct manoeuvre
HS2 completes complex Colne Valley viaduct manoeuvre

HS2 completes complex Colne Valley viaduct manoeuvre

Over the past few weeks, HS2 has been moving a 40-metre section of the long Colne Valley viaduct into place over a main road in west London.

Aug
22
2023
Help name London’s next two giant tunnel boring machines
Help name London’s next two giant tunnel boring machines

Help name London’s next two giant tunnel boring machines

Two more tunnel boring machines digging HS2 railway tunnels under London will set off early next year, and the public is being asked to name them from a shortlist.

Aug
21
2023
HS2 will bury two Tunnel Boring Machines at Old Oak Common
HS2 will bury two Tunnel Boring Machines at Old Oak Common

HS2 will bury two Tunnel Boring Machines at Old Oak Common

Two of HS2's large tunnel boring machines are to be buried into the site at Old Oak Common next year so they can wait there until a decision is taken about how to build Euston station.

Aug
11
2023
HS2’s two TBMs now three-quarters of the way under the Chilterns
HS2’s two TBMs now three-quarters of the way under the Chilterns

HS2’s two TBMs now three-quarters of the way under the Chilterns

The two tunnel boring machines that set off from just inside the M25 motorway are now three-quarters of their way under the Chilterns as they head north out of London.

Aug
09
2023
HS2 funds conversion of Ruislip Lido Railway’s locomotive away from diesel fuel
HS2 funds conversion of Ruislip Lido Railway’s locomotive away from diesel fuel

HS2 funds conversion of Ruislip Lido Railway’s locomotive away from diesel fuel

The Ruislip Lido Railway has secured a grant from HS2 to convert its diesel locomotive to battery power, removing its reliance on diesel.

Aug
07
2023
HS2 Old Oak Common station recognised as ‘outstanding’ for environmental designs
HS2 Old Oak Common station recognised as ‘outstanding’ for environmental designs

HS2 Old Oak Common station recognised as ‘outstanding’ for environmental designs

The new ‘super-hub’ station being built in West London for HS2, which will be the largest newly built station in the UK, is currently under construction, and has been awarded an outstanding rated score under the BREEAM assessment.

Aug
07
2023
First mile of West London’s HS2 tunnels completed, but Government report raises concerns
First mile of West London’s HS2 tunnels completed, but Government report raises concerns

First mile of West London’s HS2 tunnels completed, but Government report raises concerns

The first mile of the two HS2 tunnels running under west London from Ruislip towards Old Oak Common has been completed, and is on target for the tunnels to be completed by 2025.

Jul
31
2023
London’s HS2 tunnel segments being made in Hartlepool
London’s HS2 tunnel segments being made in Hartlepool

London’s HS2 tunnel segments being made in Hartlepool

The first of over 83,000 tunnel segments that will be used to form the tunnels under London for HS2 trains has been cast in an old oil rig factory in Hartlepool.

Jul
25
2023
Camden housing left empty due to HS2 transformed into art studios
Camden housing left empty due to HS2 transformed into art studios

Camden housing left empty due to HS2 transformed into art studios

Nearly 100 flats right next to the HS2's Euston station building site that were vacated due to the construction noise are to be handed over to artists while the Euston station works are on hold.

Jul
12
2023
Government criticised over HS2 Euston station delays
Government criticised over HS2 Euston station delays

Government criticised over HS2 Euston station delays

A report by a Parliament committee has criticised the government over its handling of HS2's station at Euston and how it mismanaged the cost expectations of building a large railway station in the centre of a city.

Jul
07
2023
HS2 marks reinterment of Euston cemetery remains with a memorial monument
HS2 marks reinterment of Euston cemetery remains with a memorial monument

HS2 marks reinterment of Euston cemetery remains with a memorial monument

Human remains that were removed from the former cemetery at St James's Gardens to make space for the HS2 station at Euston have been reinterred at Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey

Jul
04
2023
Hornby releases HS2 model train
Hornby releases HS2 model train

Hornby releases HS2 model train

Although HS2 isn't carrying passengers yet, it's using a lot of trains, and Hornby has released a model of one of its locomotives.

Jun
27
2023
Two new directors appointed to oversee the HS2 railway delivery
Two new directors appointed to oversee the HS2 railway delivery

Two new directors appointed to oversee the HS2 railway delivery

The Transport Secretary, Mark Harper MP has appointed Keith Smithson and Joanna Davinson as new Non-Executive Directors to HS2's board of directors.

Jun
14
2023
HS2 is seeking suppliers to fit-out its new high-speed trains
HS2 is seeking suppliers to fit-out its new high-speed trains

HS2 is seeking suppliers to fit-out its new high-speed trains

HS2 is gearing up for the next phase of delivery by beginning the search for more UK-based companies to help build its fleet of new high-speed trains.

Jun
09
2023
V-shaped piers unveiled for HS2’s Colne Valley railway viaduct
V-shaped piers unveiled for HS2’s Colne Valley railway viaduct

V-shaped piers unveiled for HS2’s Colne Valley railway viaduct

New photos of the V-shaped piers that will carry the HS2 railway over the Colne Valley in west London have been released, showing how the railway's longest viaduct will span the lakes.

Jun
05
2023
Mayors of London and Manchester call for HS2 to be built in full
Mayors of London and Manchester call for HS2 to be built in full

Mayors of London and Manchester call for HS2 to be built in full

With delays and changes to plans, the Mayors of Greater Manchester and London have jointly called for HS2 to be built, in full, from London Euston station to Manchester Piccadilly station.

Jun
01
2023
TfL in talks to buy more Elizabeth line trains to cope with HS2 demand
TfL in talks to buy more Elizabeth line trains to cope with HS2 demand

TfL in talks to buy more Elizabeth line trains to cope with HS2 demand

Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that it is working on plans to buy more Elizabeth line trains to cope with demand when HS2 opens its Old Oak Common station.

Jun
01
2023
Excavation at Old Oak Common station reaches HS2 track depth milestone
Excavation at Old Oak Common station reaches HS2 track depth milestone

Excavation at Old Oak Common station reaches HS2 track depth milestone

Excavation of the huge underground space that will eventually become HS2's new station at Old Oak Common has reached down to the track level, and they've completed the first base slab concrete pour at the western end.

May
16
2023
HS2’s Euston station not expected to open until Manchester link is completed
HS2’s Euston station not expected to open until Manchester link is completed

HS2’s Euston station not expected to open until Manchester link is completed

HS2 might not get to open its Euston station until 2040, the Transport Secretary Mark Harper has confirmed to MPs in Parliament, as it wont open before HS2 opens its extension to Manchester.

Apr
20
2023
HS2 buys an ex-Crossrail tunnelling machine for Old Oak Common tunnel
HS2 buys an ex-Crossrail tunnelling machine for Old Oak Common tunnel

HS2 buys an ex-Crossrail tunnelling machine for Old Oak Common tunnel

A tunnel boring machine that was used to dig part of the Elizabeth line is now being used to build a logistics tunnel for HS2 in west London.

Apr
12
2023
HS2’s Euston station cost has nearly doubled to £4.8 billion
HS2’s Euston station cost has nearly doubled to £4.8 billion

HS2’s Euston station cost has nearly doubled to £4.8 billion

The cost of building HS2's terminus station at Euston has nearly doubled to £4.8 billion since it was originally planned, according to a report from the National Audit Office (NAO), with the constant changes to the design having wasted over a hundred million pounds.

Mar
27
2023
TfL needs more Elizabeth line trains because of HS2 delays at Euston
TfL needs more Elizabeth line trains because of HS2 delays at Euston

TfL needs more Elizabeth line trains because of HS2 delays at Euston

Transport for London (TfL) is warning that delays to the HS2 railway may require it to buy more Elizabeth line trains to cope with the thousands of people dropped off at Old Oak Common needing to get into central London.

Mar
23
2023