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In an interview published on 12 April 2013, HS2’s engineering chief Professor Andrew McNaughton told E&T Magazine that “we are not inventing high-speed rail. The rest of the world has invented it and uses it in different ways.” In other words, the HS2 system would use off-the-shelf construction processes, track, and sub-systems.

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The indications are that HS2 is trying to re-invent high speed rail. For example, the University of Huddersfield’s new Centre for Innovation in Rail (CIR) has announced its research and enterprise team, led by Dr Paul Allen and Dr Adam Bevan, “will embark on an exciting [HS2] project to model the vehicle-track interaction of a number of high-speed vehicle concepts, which will run at speeds of up to 360 km/h”.

'The University of Huddersfield’s new Centre for Innovation in Rail will embark on an exciting project to model the vehicle-track interaction of a number of high-speed vehicle concepts, which will run at speeds of up to 360 km/h'

Who’s in charge of stopping HS2 project drift and mission creep? Apparently, some people the transport secretary may have bumped into on the rubber chicken circuit.

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Written by beleben

October 21, 2014 at 11:25 am

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  1. It is interesting to see that the whole project continues to have a worrying state of flux. I was at a presentation by Professor McNaughton a few years ago when he was enthusing that most or all high speed trains would probably have to be sourced from China, where a new automated factory would need to build the estimated requirement for the world market in order to make best use of the production facility. Events did rather change the ‘brand image’ of Chinese HSR technology.

    Clearly there is still much flux given the spread betting which seems to be continuing, along with similar churn on the route choices, all it would seem to be adding costs for new wayleaves etc, and never quite sure if its capacity of speed or freight which is the principal driver of the whole thing. Worryingly the lack of survey detail is reported as well and I see the shadow of the Spanish HS line failure, planned to run – like the first stage of HS2 through lane with limestone aquifers, which delivered water, aplenty and land movement on a par with Mam Tor, for a major embankment. If I was being offered such a vague deal by a market trader for their wares, I’d walk away.

    Dave H

    October 21, 2014 at 11:48 am

    • ” If I was being offered such a vague deal by a market trader for their wares, I’d walk away.”

      As would anyone else if they were paying with their own money !

      richie40

      October 21, 2014 at 7:38 pm


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