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Old July 21st, 2014, 02:02 PM   #881
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Vast HS2 construction HQ to be based in Birmingham
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A new HS2 project headquarters employing 1,500 construction and engineering staff is to be based in Birmingham

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin will announce today that Birmingham has secured the new project base, shifting jobs from London to Birmingham.

He will also reveal that a £130m scheme to take the Midland Metro to Adderley Street, in Eastside, has been given the green light.

The HS2 Birmingham base will be in charge of building the track, stations and signalling as well as managing the staff needed to support their work.

Once the headquarters opens in 2015 it will represents the largest public sector relocation to Birmingham there has ever been.

The City Council also today announced it will create an urban regeneration company to lead the redevelopment around the planned Curzon Street HS2 station.

In February, the council first announced plans to regenerate the Curzon Street area by building offices, a hotel and 2,000 homes.

McLoughlin said: “HS2 is a vital part of our long-term economic plan. By locating the new HS2 engineering HQ in Birmingham, we are bringing skilled job opportunities into the area, spreading HS2′s benefits beyond those using the new rail line.

“It is great news that Birmingham City Council has created a company specifically to focus on the regeneration opportunities created by HS2. It will bring new investment and work into the city, helping secure the future prosperity of the region and the country.”

The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership said it would be investing £30m to support plans for the 141 hectare site.

Earlier this month, the LEP was awarded more than £350m over three years through the government’s Growth Deal.

Funding was also earmarked for a new construction training centre in Dudley, as well as facilities at Birmingham’s South and City College, to help equip local people for jobs connected with the building of HS2.
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Old September 30th, 2014, 07:51 PM   #882
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National College for High Speed Rail locations announced
30 Sep 2014


The National College for High Speed Rail will have a building at Doncaster’s Lakeside Campus

UK: The National College for High Speed Rail is to have its headquarters in Birmingham and a second site in Doncaster, the government announced on September 30.

The NCHSR is planned to open in 2017, to provide specialist vocational training for engineers to work on High Speed 2 and future projects. The government said as many as 2 000 apprenticeship opportunities would be created by HS2, with around 25 000 people employed during construction.

‘We have brilliant engineers in this country, but there are not enough of them’, said Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin. ‘With the creation of a National College we can make sure we give young people the skills they need to build HS2 and other projects right across the country.’

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Old October 2nd, 2014, 11:18 PM   #883
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Nice to see some added educational focus on HS line development.
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Old October 5th, 2014, 12:49 AM   #884
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hey, someone needs to drive the trains.
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Old October 5th, 2014, 10:26 AM   #885
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Wrong thread

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Old October 27th, 2014, 03:04 PM   #886
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Higgins calls for east-west ‘HS3′
27 OCT, 2014



Improving east-west links by constructing the so-called ‘HS3′ trans-Pennine rail link is one of several recommendations put forward in a new report by HS2 chairman David Higgins.

Presenting his second report as chairman, ‘Rebalancing Britain: from HS2 towards a national transport strategy’, later today (October 27) Higgins will say that journey times across the north of England could be almost halved by a new east-west link between Manchester and Leeds.

Higgins believes that east-west improvements are “not only desirable, but possible” and would be as important to the North as Crossrail will be to London

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Old October 27th, 2014, 04:01 PM   #887
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Well, it'd be a short new line, but also a perfectly logical one, though I can't imagine that they'd not built it to Liverpool, as well.
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Old October 27th, 2014, 04:56 PM   #888
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Well, it'd be a short new line, but also a perfectly logical one, though I can't imagine that they'd not built it to Liverpool, as well.
To me this looks mostly like politics: when you read the UK papers it seems that there's a growing resigned acceptance in the British populace that HS2 to Birmingham will take place. Much of the onus of the nay-sayers has now moved to opposing its extension to Manchester and Leeds. My guess would be that Mr. Higgins suggests an HS3 for two reasons: (1) he wants to show that this is not all London-centered; and (2) he wants to move the focus of the HS2 discussion once more.

That said, I doubt it that a line between Leeds and Manchester will get built. Even the SNCF engineers I talk to agree (anonymously) that the HS line between Lyon and Marseilles would be grossly loss-making if it hadn't been for the fact that Paris acts as a backstop behind Lyon. Two provincial agglomerations, even though each having over 2 million inhabitants, would not be enough to cover the construction costs.
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Old October 28th, 2014, 12:12 AM   #889
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I wonder whether this is an admission that the reverse S might be a better option. I guess that this HS3 would also be built to continental gauge, even if it is not true high speed. No reason a service couldn't go London - Manchester - Leeds - Newcastle...
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Old October 28th, 2014, 09:36 AM   #890
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HS3 isn't going to be a wholly new line, it's going to be a mix of the old, the revamped and the bypassed. So while the new sections themselves may be built to a taller and fatter gauge to the historic British norm this doesn't mean that there'll be a whole route available to Continental gauge trains.
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We don't know that for sure. There's no reason why the works can't include gauge enhancement of the existing sections.

Given that the Prime Minister has said to expect the same cost per mile as HS2, and HS2 ltd has a tendency to gold plate everything, I'm expecting everything to be on the table right up to a new twin-track bore directly under the Pennines. We will have to wait for March for their initial report into the options.

However, not making it compatible with HS2 full size trains would be a folly IMHO.
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Old October 28th, 2014, 11:24 AM   #892
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We don't know that for sure. There's no reason why the works can't include gauge enhancement of the existing sections.
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Well we do in fact know that what is being called HS3 is not going to be 100 per cent-new line.

And as existing rail routes and stations, such as those in Liverpool, Hull and Sheffield, will form part of the HS3 network if you go with your continental gauge idea then this would by implication render all of the stations along these classic routes useless for passenger trains that are not built to continental dimensions.

Remember that HS3 is simply the political branding for what will certainly be a very effective 125 mph/200 kph express train network albeit one run across classic lines and some new bits of track here and there.

The term HS3 doesn't mean we are going to see an actual HS network like the one that HS2 will connect, for example, London and Birmingham.
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Old October 28th, 2014, 04:19 PM   #893
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That said, I doubt it that a line between Leeds and Manchester will get built. Even the SNCF engineers I talk to agree (anonymously) that the HS line between Lyon and Marseilles would be grossly loss-making if it hadn't been for the fact that Paris acts as a backstop behind Lyon. Two provincial agglomerations, even though each having over 2 million inhabitants, would not be enough to cover the construction costs.
Lyon to Marseille though is a much longer track to build, with not that much in between. The whole Liverpool-Hull corridor here is quite a short distance and it sounds like a lot of existing infrastructure will be used. The region in total is home to around 10 million people.
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Remember, the Scottish Government are working on a fully High Speed line between Glasgow and Edinburgh

This is often forgotten about.
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Old October 30th, 2014, 02:27 AM   #895
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@TedStriker If you read the Higgins report Rebalancing Britain, which is really just a high level set of ideas, you will see everything is under consideration. We get more detailed proposals next year.
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@TedStriker If you read the Higgins report Rebalancing Britain, which is really just a high level set of ideas, you will see everything is under consideration. We get more detailed proposals next year.
But you surely you don't think you'll see a wholly new piece of HS kit?

And I'm sure that I read that Higgins says that cities as close together as Leeds and Manchester don't require a new line with a top-end speed of anything more than 125 mph/200 kph.

Which is true. The 'HS3' idea is more about raising average speeds and improving connectivity rather than lifting top-end speeds to levels that require the whole network to consist of new HS track.
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He says that the top speed could be 125mph but doesn't rule out either new line or refurbishing an unused tunnel. The report is available on the DfT site.

The detailed work starts now, so none of us can preempt what it says.
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Old May 31st, 2015, 08:00 PM   #898
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From Camden New Journal:

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New HS2 plans for Euston reveal how streets will be swept away
22 May, 2015


The new HS2 plans for Euston were revealed in a slideshow last week

TEMPERS flared this week as HS2 unveiled its latest designs for Euston Station and revealed the work will begin in 2017 and last until 2033.

A set of crudely-drawn slides was shown to Euston Community Representatives – a select group of councillors, community reps and business leaders – at the Surma Centre, in Hampstead Road, on Tuesday.

HS2’s designs show how Cardington Street and Melton Street to the west of the station will be wiped off the Camden map and replaced with six 400-metre-long platforms for high-speed trains travelling to Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester

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At the risk of sounding like a doofus I must ask, are the A and B labels to denote the areas where construction will begin first (A) and second (B1) and third (B2)?
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Actually this proposal is disgusting. I'm sure the people will not approve this
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