East Japan Railway tech advice to Britain’s HS2 for construct a 531km Y-shaped high-speed network
HS2 appoints JR East as a consultant
Date: Apr 03, 2014
Source: by Kevin Smith – International Railway Journal
EAST Japan Railway (JR East) has confirmed that it has been appointed as a consultant by Britain’s HS2 (High Speed Two), the company overseeing the project to construct a 531km Y-shaped high-speed network from London to central and northern England.
Drawing on its experience of operating part of Japan’s Shinkansen network, JR East will advise HS2 on matters including reliability, safety and punctuality ahead of construction on the project, which is due to commence in 2017. This work will cover both technical and management issues, including station management, noise counter measures and construction issues.
“[HS2] is the largest and most complex infrastructure project ever in Britain so it is essential we explore the best ways in which we can learn from international experience,” says Professor Andrew McNaughton, HS2 technical director. “We are very pleased to be working with one of the world’s great experts.”
The contract between the two companies was signed on January 31, and to coincide with confirmation of the agreement, JR East says that it will open a London office later this month. The company says the office will expose it to more business opportunities and make it easier for the company to support its clients and partners, including European-based suppliers.
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JR East tech advice for British high-speed rail
Date: Apr 03, 2014
Source: NHK WORLD
Japan’s leading rail operator has agreed to advise a company building a high-speed railway in Britain.
East Japan Railway will give technical and operational advice to British railway company High Speed Two.
The company is planning to link London with major cities, including Birmingham and Manchester.
At a news conference in Tokyo, JR East President Tetsuro Tomita said railways in Japan began with the introduction of British technology, and it is symbolic that Japan’s high-speed railway technology will now be used in England.
JR East is hoping to win a full contract for the 8.3 billion dollar project by promoting its safety expertise.
The company has received an order to build and maintain an urban railway in Thailand. It is also bidding for high-speed railway projects in India and Indonesia.