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HS2 bosses offer expertise to Eastern Europe rail line

High speed train

High Speed 2 (HS2) has been shown off as an exemplar project as British rail experts look to offer their expertise to developers of the V4 High Speed Rail project connecting Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL) joined the Department for International Trade (DIT) to champion UK expertise in developing and delivering high speed rail projects at an event with Hungarian delegates in Budapest.

Among the major projects held up as shining examples of high speed rail success in the UK was HS2.

The V4 High Speed Rail project would connect Budapest, Bratislava, Brno and Warsaw, and travel at a top speed of more than 250 km/h.

The Hungarian government has allocated HUF 1.5bn (£4.1M) for a feasibility study into the route, which will be completed by the autumn.

Delegates from the High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL) included High Speed Rail Group HS2 phase 2b sponsor Stephen Clark, HS2 Ltd. head of economic and commercial analysis Andrew Rees and HS2 Ltd. benefits strategy and capability manager Bernadette Hurd.

HSRIL Director John Downer said: “We are so proud to be exporting British expertise in the high speed rail sector to Hungary and beyond.

“The V4 High Speed Rail project stands to be a very exciting HSR scheme, and so for HSRIL to give guidance on such a broad range of high speed rail topics is a testament to our members’ commitment to promoting HSR all across the world.”

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Readers' comments (3)

  • Bit arrogant to say it's an exemplar! Still haven't decided on line speed, final design and outturn cost of HS2 and yet we say we're good at it! Good thing we didn't try and do the same with Crossrail!

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  • Philip Alexander

    Excuse me whilst I have a good laugh.
    So HS2 management is going to show the poor folk of Poland, Hungary, etc how to hide the true cost of high speed railways from their governments in order to get the go ahead and then to show them how to keep changing the purpose (is it speed, capacity, connectivity etc?) so as to confuse the politicians, then how to change the design criteria when costs get a bit out of hand.
    I could go on but it's just too ridiculous for words.
    I sincerely hope that the UK does not have any HS2 expertise to sell to any other country, since the project has to be scrapped for the GOOD of the country. But if HS2 does stagger on, uncertain of its purpose, then get rid of the trainer wheels before you start charging for dodgy advice.

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  • Philip Alexander, well said! There's a lot of delusion going on in the major probjects industry at the moment! Crossrail is the best example of poor project management and people should get out of the office once in a while and go and have a look! Some work hasn't even started yet but it was opening 8 weeks ago! Unfortunately the perpetrators will never really be brought to book but just nimbly step off onto something else to make a mess of!

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