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Essay collection on high-speed rail published

A new essay collection has been published in which voices from the worlds of politics, business and industry have come together, advocating the huge benefits high speed rail has and will bring to London and the South East, along with the UK more widely.

The collection asserts that the region is in a unique position to comment on the transformational impact of high speed rail as it is home to the UK’s original high speed line, HS1.

Published by High Speed Rail Group (HSRG), the collection entitled High Speed Rail: London and South East Voices makes clear that HS1 provides a blueprint for the successful implementation of HS2. As the southern starting point for HS2 construction, London will also play a key role in ensuring the future success of the project, setting the precedent for world-class construction, supply chain development and utilisation, and realising the wide-ranging benefits of the scheme.

As the country looks to post COVID-19 recovery, the essay collection offers analysis and ideas on high speed rail across a number of key areas and suggests that the HS2 project will form an important part of the economic programme ahead and brings into focus the essential relationship between effective major infrastructure and multiplier effects. The scheme will also build resilience within the transport system and play a key role in the green recovery and community investment.

Writers who have contributed to the collection include Jasmine Whitbread (Chief Executive, London First), Dyan Crowther (Chief Executive, HS1), Damian Green (Member of Parliament for Ashford), Deirdre Wells OBE (Chief Executive, Visit Kent), Liz Peace CBE (Chair, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation), Steve Higham (Managing Director UK & Ireland Engineering, SYSTRA UK), Cllr Heather Johnson (Chair, Camden Council Planning Committee) and Kat Hanna (Masterplan Strategist, Lendlease).

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews


Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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