Workers study the rocks in Pacheco Pass. Credit: California High-Speed Rail Authority.

Geotechnical work underway for California’s high-speed railway

Geotechnical work has begun in Pacheco Pass, Santa Clara, as California moves ahead with planning for the United States' first high-speed railway.

HS2 under the microscope

On a single day in July, more than 100 documents relating to HS2 were published on the Department for Transport’s website – not so surprising when you realise that parliament’s summer recess was looming. Some of the papers were more extensive than others but it still amounted to something like 115 seperate items. This month, […]

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HS1 sold to new consortium

Britain's first purpose-built high-speed line has new owners after a deal was confirmed at the end of last week. Borealis - the infrastructure investment arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) pension fund...

Final HS2 route published

The UK government has revealed its finalised route for the final two phases of HS2. Notable changes include adopting the new 'M18/Eastern route' between Derbyshire and West Yorkshire and proposals for a new hub station...

HS2 awards £6.6bn Phase One construction contracts

HS2 has awarded construction contracts worth £6.6 billion for the first phase of the high-speed line between London and Birmingham. Four of the nine contractors which bid for the seven construction packages have been successful. A...
A CAF tram on the Midland Metro. Credit: Chris Jenner/Shutterstock.

Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF to open train production plant in Wales

Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF will open a train production plant in South Wales next year, the company has announced. Around 300 jobs will be created at the site near Newport when it opens in the autumn. Previously,...
Tehran railway station. Credit: Rolf G Wackenberg/Shutterstock.

FS signs €1.2bn high-speed deal with Iran

FS Group and Iranian Railways have signed an agreement to develop the Middle Eastern country's high-speed network. The deal covers scientific cooperation and staff training and is part of an initial framework contract in 2016...
A Russian high-speed train. Credit: Ortodox/Shutterstock.

State approval for Moscow-Kazan high-speed line designs

Russia's state review board, Glavgosexpertiza, has approved designs for the third and fourth stages of the construction of the Moscow to Kazan high-speed line. The designs cover the preparatory work, construction of the railway as well...
The 3rd XRL train carries out tests on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen section of the XRL. Credit: MTR.

High-speed train arrives for China’s Express Rail Link

The third high-speed train for MTR's Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) has arrived. After completing testing in the Qingdao factory, the XRL train was driven to Guangzhou. In Guangzhou it underwent testing of the traction and...
The industry briefing attracted almost 400 delegates. Credit: MyHSR.

MyHSR prepares to launch rolling stock tender for Kuala Lumpur – Singapore high-speed line

The firm in charge of delivering the Kuala Lumpur to Singapore high-speed railway is preparing to launch the line's rolling stock tender. MyHSR, along with the Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA), held an industry...