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Complexity and risks of HS2 were ‘under-estimated’

Photo: HS2/PA Wire HS2 is over budget and behind schedule because its complexity and risks were under-estimated, according to the Whitehall spending watchdog. The National Audit Office (NAO) warned that it is impossible to “estimate with certainty what the final cost could be”. It published a report urging the Government and HS2 Ltd

24 January: news in brief

Staff vote in favour of more SWR strikes A STRIKE ballot which the RMT was legally obliged to hold again on South Western Railway has returned a vote in favour of continuing the long-running industrial action over on-train staffing and the role of guards. Around four out of five of those

Great Central Railway to restore Thornbury Castle

Unrestored Collett ‘Castle’ No. 7027 Thornbury Castle is to be restored for operation at the Great Central Railway (GCR) following its sale to a private buyer by Jonathan Jones-Pratt. The 1949-built 4-6-0 was purchased by Mr Jones-Pratt’s firm, JJP Holdings, from music mogul Pete Waterman in 2016, but has not received

23 January: news in brief

Channel Tunnel operator’s revenue hit by Brexit and French unrest CHANNEL TUNNEL operator Getlink has estimated that its revenue in 2019 was reduced by about 18 million Euros, because of the uncertainties surrounding Brexit and social unrest in France. Shuttle revenue was down by 2 per cent to 629.9 million Euros,

SWR no longer sustainable, admits transport secretary

TRANSPORT secretary Grant Shapps has admitted that the South Western Railway franchise is ‘no longer sustainable’. There has been an immediate backlash from the rail unions, who are calling for SWR to be renationalised. In a written statement to Parliament Mr Shapps said: ‘South Western Railway’s recent financial statements have indicated

22 January: news in brief

New Veterans’ Railcard to go on sale this year RETIRED HM Forces personnel will be able to take advantage of discounted rail travel when a new railcard goes on sale from Armistice Day in November. Transport secretary Grant Shapps announced the latest railcard at St Pancras International, where he was joined

From The Archive: Sir Allen Sarle

Original article excerpt from The Railway Magazine, January 1898 Illustrated interviews: Sir Allen Sarle, General Manager, London, Brighton and South Coast Railway. The retirement of Sir Allen Sarle in the course of the next few weeks means the disappearance of an old familiar face from the management of the London, Brighton and