Tag Archives: Birmingham and HS2

Why should opponents criticise a college to develop engineering skills?

The following piece is a guest post written by Alan Marshall and first published on the Railnews blog here. IT is truly astonishing the lengths that some HS2 opponents will go to find fault with the project — including, it now … Continue reading

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Leaders call for High Speed Rail Centre of Excellence to be built in the West Midlands

Leaders have called for a High Speed Rail Centre of Excellence to be built in the West Midlands bringing thousands of skilled jobs and apprenticeships to the region. Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, Ken Meeson, Leader of … Continue reading

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Transport authority says Birmingham city centre HS2 station must be world-class and deliver direct services to Paris and Brussels

Members of the region’s transport authority say Birmingham’s city centre high speed station must be world class with services to destinations including Paris and Brussels. Members of Centro gave their continuing support to HS2 at yesterday’s (June 24) Integrated Transport … Continue reading

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West Coast Main Line disruption stresses need for HS2 – part one

Railnews’ editorial director Alan Marshall argues the latest disruption on the West Coast Main Line has stressed the need for HS2 once more…… IT was another hugely frustrating weekend for travellers on Europe’s busiest trunk railway line — England’s West … Continue reading

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Dinner with the Stephensons – part two

The second part of Alan Marshall’s post looking at the history of the London-Birmingham Railway and the challenges we face today….  Britain’s limited structure gauge limits capacity As a result, today in Great Britain we are not able to operate … Continue reading

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Dinner with the Stephensons – part one

A dinner that took place 175 years ago this Sunday is a welcome reminder of the challenges facing railway engineers past and present, writes Alan Marshall in the first of a festive two-part post.   A festive feast with historic … Continue reading

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The Challenge of Maintaining the West Coast Main Line, part 2

The WCML maintenance challenge The second part of Alan Marshall’s blog post looking at the difficulties of maintaining the West Coast Main Line examines problems at the southern end of the route. Looking further ahead, it is clear from Chris … Continue reading

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