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HS2 overhead line structures

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In December 2013 RIBA Competitions announced the launch of an ideas competition for ‘aesthetically pleasing designs for the gantry and cantilever electrification structures’ on the UK rail network.

[RIBA Competitions]

The rail industry’s Enabling Innovation Team (EIT), which forms part of the Future Railway programme, are the competition promoters in conjunction with HS2 [Ltd], and the competition itself is funded by Department for Transport.

The competition will follow the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) process (see for more information) and development funding will be available for shortlisted designers.

The competition is open internationally to architects, engineers and designers. Team and multi-disciplinary entries are encouraged.

If custom electrification structures were specified for the HS2 rail project, it seems likely that the budget would need to be increased. However, little information is available about costs of standard structures, or the shortlisted designs in the RIBA Competition.


Written by beleben

April 1, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  1. One fact that is easily overlooked is that HS2 trains will cover approximately 500 miles of classic rail track as well as 350 miles of HS2 dedicated track (phases 1 and 2).

    Regular rail travellers will be aware of the too frequent failures of overhead line equipment (OLE) on the East Coast Main Line and to a lesser extent on the West Coast Main Line along with all the inconvenience it brings to passengers on those stranded trains as well as those on other trains delayed behind those that have been stopped. The Office of Rail Regulation has recognised this by giving East Coast trains and Virgin trains less challenging punctuality targets until 2019 (88% rather than 90% PPM), partly as a consequence of these OLE line failures.

    When HS2 Ltd were asked if there is budget set aside for improving the reliability of the OLE on the classic rail section which its trains will be using, their response was that this was a matter for Network Rail. The response from the latter indicated that matters in this area are in the early stages of planning. Network Rail’s response also contained the following remark: “The reliability of overhead line on the WCML and ECML is subject to its own development and is part of the overall Route performance management”. Is that an acknowledgement of an existing issue?

    Some may suggest that the reliability of the overhead line equipment to be used by HS2 on classic rail is just as important as the aesthetics of the overhead line equipment for new HS2 tracks.


    April 1, 2014 at 7:47 pm

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