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  • West Midlands Trains EMUs at Five Ways
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    West Midlands Trains required to spend £20m on improvements

    2020-02-14T10:47:00Z

    Source: Tony Miles UK: West Midlands Trains must spend an extra £20m on improving services for passengers as a penalty for breaching its performance targets, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on February 9. The £20m will be used for a variety of measures including compensating ...

  • William Cook Rail bogie overhaul
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    William Cook Rail commissions bogie overhaul workshop

    2020-02-14T06:00:00Z

    UK: William Cook Rail has commissioned a 750 m 2 bogie overhaul workshop where it can undertake cleaning, shot blasting, non-destructive testing, repair welding, component replacement, painting and rebuilding work. This is complemented by machining facilities capable of accommodating complete bogie frames after repair. ...

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    Five ‘crunch points’ for the UK rail network

    2020-02-13T10:00:00Z

    UK: Ahead of the government delivering the first budget of the new parliament on March 11, the Railway Industry Association has highlighted five ‘crunch points’ for the rail network in 2020-24. These are: ‘boom and bust’ renewals; a lack of shovel-ready enhancements and, ...

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    Railway Gazette to launch Richard Hope award

    2020-02-13T09:53:00Z

    UK: To commemorate the life and career of former Railway Gazette Editor Richard Hope, who died in October 2019, the Railway Gazette Group is to launch a new award, which will be presented at the 22nd Rail Business Awards taking place in London on February 27.

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    UK railway news round-up

    2020-02-13T06:00:00Z

    Network Rail and Transport for London have agreed to join the board of Transport for the South East . The subnational transport body which brings together local authorities, business groups and the transport sector expects to publish a 30-year transport strategy for the region this summer. ...

  • GWR Class 387 Electrostar
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    Supply chain to collaborate on ETCS deployment

    2020-02-12T06:00:00Z

    UK: An agreement for the original manufacturers of existing rolling stock to take a more active role in the retrofitting of ETCS has been reached by leasing company Porterbrook, Siemens Mobility and Bombardier Transportation. ‘This is an excellent example of collaboration and partnership across the supply ...

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    Energy Innovation Centre works with Network Rail

    2020-02-12T06:00:00Z

    UK: The Energy Innovation Centre not-for-profit organisation is working with Network Rail to find ways of monitoring the condition of uninterruptible power supplies. ‘Having run similar collaborations with some of the UK’s biggest energy networks and water companies, we are really excited to have the opportunity ...

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    Rail sector responds to High Speed 2 approval

    2020-02-11T16:21:00Z

    UK: The rail industry has welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s February 11 announcement that the first phase of High Speed 2 is to continue . Rail industry Paul Plummer, Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group , said ‘these are crucial decisions that will turbo-charge ...

  • Construction of the first phase of High Speed 2 is to continue, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the House of Commons
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    HS2 to proceed as government adopts High Speed North vision

    2020-02-11T15:41:00Z

    UK: Construction of the first phase of High Speed 2 is to continue, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the House of Commons on February 11. In recommitting to the national high speed rail programme, Johnson also said the government intended to rename the sections of HS2 serving ...

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    Passenger information improvement plan to be presented

    2020-02-10T06:00:00Z

    UK: A plan for the improvement of passenger information is to be presented to the Office of Rail Road by the Rail Delivery Group on April 20. ORR said there had been improvements to passenger information systems in recent years. However, research commissioned from ...

  • Network Rail has awarded five geographical framework contracts for major signalling renewal programmes:
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    Network Rail awards major signalling framework contracts

    2020-02-07T15:16:00Z

    UK: Network Rail has awarded five geographical framework contracts for major signalling renewal programmes: Alstom (Southern Region and Eastern region); Siemens Mobility (Scotland Region and North West Central region); Hitachi Rail STS UK and Linbrooke Services joint venture (Wales ...

  • Fugro RILA platform gauging
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    Fugro’s RILA approved for platform gauging

    2020-02-07T06:00:00Z

    UK: Fugro has obtained Network Rail approval for its RILA train-borne track measurement system to be used for gauging the clearance between trains and platform edges. The infrastructure manager has made extensive use of RILA for a range of projects since 2013, collecting absolute track position ...

  • West Midlands Trains EMUs at Five Ways
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    West Midlands Mayor holds off calling for West Midlands franchise termination

    2020-02-06T14:30:00Z

    West Midlands Mayor Andy Street tells Rail Business UK’s Tony Miles why he has held back on his threat to ask the Department for Transport to remove the West Midlands Trains franchise from Abellio.

  • Govia Thameslink Railway
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    UK railway news round-up

    2020-02-06T06:00:00Z

    Govia Thameslink Railway is to double the number of apprenticeships it will offer in 2020, with more than 300 apprenticeships across 14 roles ranging from drivers, engineers and operations to business administration and marketing. The operator has been accreditated by the Education Skills Funding Agency as ...

  • Network Rail VP small plant contract signing
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    VP plc awarded £257m Network Rail portable plant contract

    2020-02-05T06:00:00Z

    UK: Network Rail has awarded VP plc a contract worth up to £257m for the hire, supply and maintenance of all small plant powered by external means. This includes rail drills, torque wrenches, chainsaws and handheld tamping machines, as well as related consumables such as oil, and ...

  • East West Rail phases 1 and 2 geographical map
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    Bicester – Bedford railway reinstatement approved

    2020-02-04T16:39:00Z

    UK: The Secretary of State for Transport has approved Network Rail’s application for a Transport Works Act Order granting legal powers for work to begin on the Bicester – Bedford section of the East West Rail project to develop a rail corridor between Oxford ...

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    Merseyrail Class 777 arrives in Liverpool

    2020-02-03T09:05:00Z

    The first of the Stadler Class 777 EMUs to renew the Merseyrail suburban fleet is now on test. Tony Miles reports from Kirkdale.

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    Huw Merriman elected Chair of the Transport Select Committee

    2020-02-03T06:00:00Z

    Source: (CC BY 3.0) UK: Members of Parliament elected Conservative MP for Bexhill Battle Huw Merriman as Chair of the Transport Select Committee for this parliament on January 29. He will formally take up the position once the remaining members of the Committee ...

  • Long Marston rail facility
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    Porterbrook aims to put Long Marston on the global map for rail innovation

    2020-01-31T10:23:00Z

    UK: Rolling stock leasing company Porterbrook has taken a 15-year lease on property company St Modwen’s Long Marston site in Warwickshire, and will take responsibility for the future direction and development of the rail technology centre on the 55 ha former military site. The site will ...

  • GTR Paragon ID smart card machine
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    Self-service smart card machines to go live at GTR

    2020-01-31T06:00:00Z

    UK: Govia Thameslink Railway passengers will be able to obtain the operator’s ITSO-compliant The Key smart cards through self-service vending machines from February 3. Paragon ID has supplied GTR with 12 free-standing kiosks which have been installed at selected stations outside London. Passengers will use ...