UK rail industry news

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    ONS reviews sector classification of Train Operating Companies


    UK: The Office for National Statistics is assessing whether the government’s Emergency Measures Agreements mean Train Operating Companies’ debts should be included on the national balance sheet. The result of the review of the sector classification of TOCs will be announced as soon as possible, ONS ...

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    UK railway news round-up


    HS2 contractor Skanska Costain Strabag JV has awarded 3Squared a three-year contract to supply its RailSmart software to provide visibility of its complex freight supply chain, with live performance, cost management information and operational control data in real-time. This will include bespoke enhancements for ...

  • The government is preparing for a further 18 months of financial support for passenger train operators once the existing Emergency Measures Agreements expire on September 20, industry insiders have confirmed.
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    Franchise support to be extended by 18 months


    UK: The government is preparing for a further 18 months of financial support for passenger train operators once the existing Emergency Measures Agreements expire on September 20, industry insiders have confirmed. A formal decision is expected to be announced by Secretary of State for Transport Grant ...

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    Snowdon Mountain Railway takes delivery of diesel-battery locomotives


    UK: The Snowdon Mountain Railway has taken delivery of two 800 mm gauge diesel-battery hybrid Abt rack locomotives ordered last year from Clayton Equipment, which specialises in the production of bespoke designs for specialist railway, metro, mining and tunnelling applications. Thanks to the hybrid drive, ...

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    Battery traction agreement signed as Hitachi sees market for more than 400 trains in the UK


    UK: Hitachi Rail and battery company Hyperdrive Innovation have signed a memorandum of understanding for the joint development of a battery pack suitable for powering trains, and a roadmap towards a manufacturing agreement which would cover any future orders. The battery packs ...

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    Welding gantry supplied to Bombardier Transportation’s Derby factory


    UK: KM Tools has supplied Bombardier Transportation’s Derby factory with a custom welding gantry for the production of rolling stock bodyshells. Bombardier required a new gantry that closely matched the ones already operational, so KM Tools reverse engineered a new machine to the required specification and ...

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    Nine factors to consider when designing future stations


    UK: Design Council has published ThinkStation , a report which was commissioned by Network Rail to provide a framework for the future design of ‘local’ stations. These are defined as Network Rail categories D, E and F, the smaller stations which make up around 80% of the ...

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    SNCF catenary design adopted as HS2 begins electrification procurement


    UK: HS2 Ltd has launched the process to procure overhead line equipment for the high speed railway now under construction between London and the West Midlands. The project delivery company announced on July 2 that it was seeking to award two railway systems contracts in a ...

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    UK railway news round-up


    Horden station on the Durham Coast line was opened on June 29. It is initially being served by one train per hour each way, calling at all stations between Newcastle and Middlesbrough. The £10·55m project was led by Durham County Council and Network Rail, supported by ...

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    Crowdsourcing train loadings to support social distancing


    Trainline UK: Independent ticket retailer Trainline has launched a function on its app which is designed to help passengers alert other people if they find that it is not possible to socially distance in particular areas of specific trains. Passengers using the ...

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    ‘Now is the right moment to act’ Grand Central says as it announces restart date


    UK: ‘We’ve tracked our path forward, we believe now is the right moment to act, for our passengers, our staff and for the business’, Grand Central Managing Director Richard McClean told Rail Business UK on July 1 when the company announced plans for a ‘measured’ restart ...

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    Rail regulator proposes changes to delay compensation process


    UK: The Office of Rail Road has begun consultation on a proposed licence condition which would require train operators to follow a new code of practice for delay compensation payments. This would include requirements to provide passengers with clear information about compensation entitlements both ...

  • DB Cargo operated a train of empty wagons from Acton Yard to the new Brett Aggregates terminal for loading with marine aggregates.
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    Newhaven freight revival as Marine station to close


    Source: DB Cargo UK UK: A formal proposal to close the redundant but still nominally open Newhaven Marine station has been approved by the Department for Transport following a public consultation. The line will remain open to serve a newly-developed freight terminal at the East Quay ...

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    Restoring pre-Covid service ‘could take two years’ as TOCs face logistical hurdles


    UK: Government aspirations for a significant ramping up of passenger services towards pre-coronavirus levels are unlikely to be achieved, with train operating companies warning of staff shortages and a lack of clarity over capacity leading to an increasingly confusing situation.

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    Roof refurbishment kick starts modernisation at Bristol Temple Meads


    UK: Network Rail has appointed Taziker as principal contractor to refurbish the station roof at Bristol Temple Meads, the first step in a phased modernisation of the city’s principal passenger hub. The £24m contract announced on June 26 will see Taziker reglaze the roof and canopies ...

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    TOC owning groups consider exit strategies as Shapps outlines reform thinking


    UK: Several owning groups holding passenger franchises are understood to be considering their future in the light of emerging government thinking about future industry structures and concession models.

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    Newcastle Central station works approved


    UK: Network Rail has obtained listed building consent for plans to ‘open-up access’ to Newcastle Central station, improve road traffic flows, increase passenger capacity and change the taxi pick-up points and short-stay parking. The initial works are expected to cost £3·46m, with £3·31m coming from the ...

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    LNER to operate InterCity East Coast services for a further three years


    Photo: Tony Miles UK: The Department for Transport announced on June 26 that LNER would continue to operate InterCity East Coast services from London to Leeds and Edinburgh for a further three years from June 28, with an option for a further extension. Owned and ...

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    Transport for Wales to hold virtual innovation showcase


    UK: Eight early/mid-stage start-ups are to participate in a virtual demo day on YouTube at 13.30 on June 29 where they will present innovations developed as part of the Lab by Transport for Wales programme. This replaces a live demo day which had been planned before ...

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    UK railway news round-up


    On June 24 HS2 Ltd announced the three shortlisted bidders for the £570m contract to build Birmingham Curzon Street station. They are a joint venture of BAM Nuttall Ltd with Ferrovial Construction (UK) Ltd; Laing O’Rourke Construction; and a joint venture of Mace Ltd with Dragados ...