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    AssessTech launches rail performance improvement service

    2020-09-25T05:00:00Z

    UK: Competence management software and training consultancy AssessTech has launched a rail performance improvement service, and taken on three more staff to handle its growing business. The service helps customers identify performance issues and develop improvement strategies, and provides specialist training. It is led by ...

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    UK railway news round-up

    2020-09-24T05:00:00Z

    This week’s round-up of news from the UK rail industry

  • Steve Montgomery, Managing Director of FirstGroup’s First Rail business, becomes RDG Chair
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    Rail Delivery Group announces restructuring and leadership changes

    2020-09-23T15:35:00Z

    UK: The Rail Delivery Group has announced leadership changes, and a restructuring which it said is designed to make it better placed to support the reform of the rail industry. Steve Montgomery, Managing Director of FirstGroup’s First Rail business, becomes RDG Chair, succeeding Chris Burchell who ...

  • Bletchley East West Rail station impression
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    East West Railway Co invites interest in support contracts

    2020-09-23T05:00:00Z

    UK: Oxford to Cambridge railway corridor project promoter East West Railway Co has invited expressions of interest in the contracts for the provision of engineering and environmental services, land and property services, and commercial management services, for the central section of the route between Bletchley, Bedford and ...

  • The Scottish government has extended its funding for the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises,
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    ScotRail Emergency Measures Agreement extended

    2020-09-22T05:00:00Z

    UK: The Scottish government has extended its funding for the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises, following on from the six-month Emergency Measures Agreement introduced in April 2020, which was due to expire on September 20. Announcing on September 18 an extension to January 10 2021, the ...

  • ·The government has announced the end of rail franchising, with Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps saying ‘the model of privatisation adopted 25 years ago has seen significant rises in passenger numbers, but this pandemic has proven that it is
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    UK government announces the end of rail franchising

    2020-09-21T08:38:00Z

    UK:·The government has announced the end of rail franchising, with Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps saying ‘the model of privatisation adopted 25 years ago has seen significant rises in passenger numbers, but this pandemic has proven that it is no longer working’.

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    Composite footbridge under development

    2020-09-21T05:00:00Z

    UK: Network Rail has become a Tier 1 member of the National Composites Centre as part of the Futura project to develop a composite footbridge based on a concept designed by Marks Barfield Architects and COWI. A prototype is being developed to demonstrate the benefits that ...

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    Facial recognition tested by Brent Cross West station contractor

    2020-09-21T05:00:00Z

    UK: A construction site access control system which uses non-contact facial recognition is being tested by Brent Cross West station contractor VolkerFitzpatrick. Testing of the technology developed by InnDex and Touchbyte is backed by Innovate UK’s Covid-19 support fund. ‘We believe ...

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    Rose Hill Marple service cut back as Northern faces training backlog

    2020-09-18T11:15:00Z

    Northern Managing Director Nick Donovan explains to Rail Business UK why the service from Manchester to Rose Hill Marple has been reduced to just three trains per day.

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    East Coast Main Line northern power supply works funded

    2020-09-17T13:42:00Z

    UK: As part of its £1·2bn East Coast Upgrade programme, Network Rail has awarded a £216·2m contract to the Rail Electrification Alliance for the long-awaited strengthening of the 25 kV 50 Hz traction power supplies on the northern section of the East Coast Main Line between Doncaster and Edinburgh.

  • Brunel's Old Station - Internal shot of passenger shed
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    UK railway news round-up

    2020-09-17T05:00:00Z

    This week’s round-up of news from the UK rail industry

  • gb GTR Project Aurora - forward-facing CCTV
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    GTR launches £55m Electrostar refurbishment

    2020-09-16T11:44:00Z

    UK: Govia Thameslink Railway and leasing company Porterbrook have begun a £55m five-year programme to modernise 214 Bombardier Transportation Class 377 Electrostar electric multiple-units operated on Southern services, and 56 similar Class 387 units used on Gatwick Express and Great Northern services. ...

  • LNER ticket machines coronavirus closure
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    Cheapest offers in crosshairs as government confirms January rail fare rise

    2020-09-16T05:00:00Z

    UK: Regulated rail fares are set to increase in January 2021 despite pressure from consumer and environmental groups for the Department for Transport to freeze them as part of efforts to encourage people back onto trains. In line with previous years, the increase will be linked ...

  • Harmill gantry
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    Mobile train roof access platform

    2020-09-15T13:00:00Z

    UK: Harmill Systems has developed a battery-powered mobile train roof access platform with a built-in crane. This is designed to provide safe access to the roof of rolling stock for the removal and replacement of equipment such as HVAC units. Acording to Harmill, the design offers ...

  • ScotRail Class 314
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    Scottish hydrogen train demonstrator procurement begins

    2020-09-15T11:55:00Z

    UK: The University of St Andrews has begun the process of appointing an industrial partner to participate in the Zero Emission Train Project, which will see a redundant Class 314 electric multiple-unit equipped with hydrogen fuel cells as a technology demonstrator. The project is being led ...

  • gb Greater Anglia Class 745 Stadler inter-city trainset at London Liverpool Street
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    Track Your Train as signalling data added to Realtime Trains

    2020-09-15T06:22:00Z

    In RTT’s Detailed View, the aspect of the next signal the train would pass is denoted by the coloured icon top left. UK: The Realtime Trains web platform which provides independent train running information for the national network added a further layer of functionality on ...

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    Five firms selected for HS2 Innovation Accelerator initiative

    2020-09-14T10:30:00Z

    UK: HS2 Ltd has opened the second round of applications to join its Innovation Accelerator programme, seeking small and medium-sized firms specialising in process efficiencies and the passenger experience at stations. Entrepreneurs and tech specialists are invited to apply by September 18. This follows the announcement ...

  • The solar power electronic scarecrow
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    Solar-powered scarecrow deployed to keep birds away from electrical equipment

    2020-09-14T05:00:00Z

    UK: A solar-powered scarecrow that mimics the calls of a hawk is being used to humanely scare away birds which were damaging overhead line equipment and the pantographs of Avanti West Coast Pendolino trainsets at Alstom’s Longsight depot. ‘Birds at Alstom’s depot have become a ...

  • Overhead electrification works
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    11 700 km of electrification plus battery and hydrogen trains in traction decarbonisation strategy

    2020-09-11T08:21:00Z

    UK: Network Rail has published its interim Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy, setting out preliminary recommendations for meeting government ambitions to decarbonise the rail network. The Interim Business Case released on September 10 considers the three main ways of achieving this aim: electrification, ...

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    CrossCountry resumes normal seat reservations

    2020-09-11T05:00:00Z

    UK: CrossCountry resumed providing reservations for specific seats on all its trains with effect from September 7. Since June, all customers have been requested to reserve a place when travelling with CrossCountry, to help maintain social distancing on board trains during the coronavirus pandemic. The ...