HS2 roundup

Crossrail chief engineer Chris Dulake will join HS2 on 18 May as engineering director for phase one of the scheme.

HS2 Ltd is not convinced the business case is strong enough for line to go to Scotland, according to the Independent on Sunday. The railway promoter is instead reported to be considering “enhancements” of existing lines. 

The public can now make representations on the plans to introduce smart motorway technology to junctions 3 to 12 of the M4 following acceptance on in April of the application for a Development Consent Order by the Planning Inspectorate. Closing date is 3 July. More here National Infrastructure Planning website.

HS2 Ltd has appointed Emma Head as corporate health and safety director. She will join from Network Rail where, as director of safety strategy, she led the strategic safety agenda focusing on technology, working practices, culture change, risk management and system safety both internally and across the industry.

With 16 years’ experience in UK rail, Ridley has worked on both the client and contractor side of the industry across major engineering schemes like the West Coast Route Modernisation Project and London’s Crossrail.

 She is expected to start in August and will report directly to Chief Executive Simon Kirby.