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    Williams Review to lead to legislation as franchising ‘not the way forward’

    2020-01-22T12:07:00Z

    UK: Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris confirmed on January 21 that the forthcoming Williams Review into the future structure of the UK rail sector would lead to a white paper outlining reforms to the rail industry structure. Addressing a Westminster Hall debate in the House of Commons ...

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    GWR launches mobile assistance service

    2020-01-22T06:00:00Z

    UK: GWR has launched a 10-member mobile Customer Assistance Team to help enable passengers with reduced mobility travel with confidence. Until recently people needing additional assistance were helped onto a train by one member of staff and met at their destination by another. This meant that ...

  • A ‘Rail Human Library’ will form part of the 10th Get Up to Speed With STEM event
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    Rail Human Library aims to inspire interest in railway careers

    2020-01-22T05:00:00Z

    UK: A ‘Rail Human Library’ will form part of the 10th Get Up to Speed With STEM event which is to be held in Rotherham on March 25 with the aim of encouraging young people to take an interest in the construction, technology and manufacturing sectors. ...

  • An electric multiple-unit is to be equipped with batteries for ’first of a kind’ testing which could lead to the end of diesel traction on the Ashford – Hastings and Oxted – Uckfield routes.
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    Electroflex battery EMU plan to end Southern diesel operation

    2020-01-21T15:17:00Z

    An electric multiple-unit is to be equipped with batteries for ’first of a kind’ testing which could lead to the end of diesel traction on the Ashford – Hastings and Oxted – Uckfield routes.

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    ‘Think about the total energy needed to move the trains’

    2020-01-21T15:03:00Z

    UK: ‘Think about the total energy needed to move the trains’, was the message Helen Simpson, Innovation Projects Director at leasing company Porterbook, presented to policymakers at a well-attended meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Rail Group on January 14. Simpson ...

  • The Office for Statistics Regulation has published an assessment of the National Rail Passenger Survey statistics produced by Transport Focus.
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    Office for Statistics Regulation calls for National Rail Passenger Survey improvements

    2020-01-21T12:00:00Z

    UK: The Office for Statistics Regulation has published an assessment of the National Rail Passenger Survey statistics produced by Transport Focus. The statistics have been produced for the last 20 years and have been included as a performance measure in franchise agreements since 2008. OSR ...

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    Railway supply industry benchmarking tool launched

    2020-01-21T06:00:00Z

    UK: Rail industry buyers can now compare suppliers’ capabilities using a online benchmarking tool which has been made available through the Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme. Almost 4 000 suppliers have had their credentials verified through the RISQS scheme, which is managed by the Rail Safety ...

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    Work underway on Bow Street station

    2020-01-20T12:00:00Z

    UK: Transport for Wales has launched work on Bow Street station on the Cambrian line between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury. Opening is scheduled for later this year. The £8m project is being undertaken by TfW, Network Rail and Ceredigion County Council with funding from the Welsh Government ...

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    Tram driving National Occupational Standards to be reviewed

    2020-01-20T06:00:00Z

    UK: Industry group UKTram is leading a project to review the existing Tram Driver National Occupational Standards. The tram driver standards were last updated in 2005, and the review is scheduled to be completed by June. NOS set out the skills, knowledge and understanding required to ...

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    London Overground Aventra maintenance contract to run to 2035

    2020-01-17T11:00:00Z

    UK: Bombardier Transportation is to continue to maintain the London Overground Class 710 Aventra electric multiple-unit fleet until July 2035, under an agreement with Transport for London which has moved the break point in the manufacturer’s servicing contract from July 2025 to July 2035. Bombardier said ...

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    Tarmac’s Birmingham asphalt plant receives first train

    2020-01-17T06:00:00Z

    UK: The first trains have delivered aggregate to an asphalt and aggregates facility which Tarmac is developing to support infrastructure projects in and around Birmingham. The site is to be entirely supplied by rail, with DB Cargo UK using converted coal hopper wagons to transport aggregates ...

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    Greater Anglia’s first Class 720 commuter EMU delivered for testing

    2020-01-16T13:50:00Z

    UK: The first of the Class 720 Aventra electric multiple-units which Bombardier Transportation’s Derby factory is supplying for Greater Anglia’s London commuter services has been delivered to Ilford depot ahead of testing. Entry into passenger service is planned for spring this year, with the entire fleet ...

  • Network Rail announce major improvement to Beverley railway station
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    UK railway news round-up

    2020-01-16T06:00:00Z

    The Office of Rail Road has published its estimates of passenger entries and exits at 2 566 stations in the year to March 31 2019. London Waterloo remained in the top spot at 94·2 million. Denton and Stanlow Thornton were the least ...

  • DB Cargo UK operated the first commercial rail freight service to the Maritime Intermodal’s new East Midlands Gateway  Terminal in Castle Donington
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    First freight train to East Midlands Gateway Terminal

    2020-01-15T06:00:00Z

    UK: DB Cargo UK operated the first commercial rail freight service to the new East Midlands Gateway Terminal in Castle Donington on January 7. The Strategic Rail Freight Interchange has been developed SEGRO and is operated by Maritime Transport under 25-year lease signed last year ...

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    GB Railfreight to lease Ecofret2 triple-platform container wagons

    2020-01-14T10:01:00Z

    UK: GB Railfreight is to lease 32 Ecofret2 triple-platform container wagons from VTG Rail UK, which said it had made ‘significant investments’ in the latest version of the Ecofret design. The wagons are being built at WH Davis’s Shirebrook site, with the first 16 scheduled for ...

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    Network Rail announces Design Services Framework contracts

    2020-01-14T06:00:00Z

    UK: Network Rail has awarded 82 framework contracts for the provision of design services, with an estimated value of £400m during Control Period 6 (2019-24), and potentially up to £640m if it exercises options to extend the framework into Control Period 7 (2024-29). The Design Services ...

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    First of a Kind competition offers £9·4m to support rail innovation

    2020-01-13T15:29:00Z

    UK: Innovate UK and the Department for Transport have launched the 2020 First of a Kind competition, which will provide £9·4m to support the development of innovative technologies in the rail sector. ‘For two centuries the UK has been at the cutting-edge of rail technology’, said ...

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    Elizabeth Line through central London now expected to open in summer 2021

    2020-01-10T17:13:00Z

    UK: The London Paddington to Abbey Wood central section of the Elizabeth Line is now expected to open in ‘summer 2021’. The full service from Reading and Heathrow Airport in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east is now expected to commence by mid-2022, ...

  • Siemens Mobility has announced plans to create a rail research, development and innovation hub near its future assembly plant at Goole in East Yorkshire.
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    Rail Accelerator & Innovation Solutions Hub for Enterprise plans announced

    2020-01-10T11:17:00Z

    UK: Siemens Mobility has announced plans to create a rail research, development and innovation hub near its future assembly plant at Goole in East Yorkshire. The £6m building on the Goole 36 enterprise zone site close to the M62 motorway is intended ...

  • Hitachi Rail has announced changes at its Newton Aycliffe plant.
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    Hitachi makes changes at Newton Aycliffe factory as IEP production ends

    2020-01-10T11:16:00Z

    UK: Hitachi Rail has announced changes at its Newton Aycliffe factory which it said were intended to provide ‘greater flexibility, agility and global competitiveness’ as the production of 122 trainsets under the government’s Intercity Express Programme comes to an end. As part of the transition to ...