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  • Heathrow Express Class 387 EMU (13)
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    ETCS tested successfully on Heathrow Express Class 387s

    2020-04-03T14:53:00Z

    UK: An initial series of test runs using Class 387 EMUs equipped with ETCS on the Great Western Main Line has been completed, leasing company Porterbrook announced on April 3. Using sections of the GWML east of Reading and the branch from Hayes Harlington ...

  • gb Greater Anglia new Bombardier EMU on test at Liverpool Street
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    Aventra EMU reaches Liverpool Street

    2020-04-03T06:00:00Z

    UK: The first of the Class 720 Aventra EMUs which Bombardier Transportation is supplying for Greater Anglia’s commuter services has completed its first test run into London Liverpool Street station. As part of the testing programme, the EMU is expected to run over all of ...

  • Zipabout Passenger rail demand lockdown FV
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    Use data to tailor coronavirus timetables to current needs, says Zipabout

    2020-04-02T08:27:00Z

    UK: Passenger data systems supplier Zipabout says train operators should revise their emergency timetables based on passenger behaviour and real-time demand data, to ensure their reduced services can meet the needs of key workers during the coronavirus pandemic. ‘The necessary reduction in ...

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    UK railway news round-up

    2020-04-02T06:00:00Z

    LNER ’s daily return service between Hull and London King’s Cross has been reinstated with effect from March 31. It had been temporarily suspended as part of the coronavirus-related service reductions, but was reinstated after Hull Trains announced that it was suspending all of its services. The ...

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    DfT sets out steps to a transport decarbonisation plan

    2020-04-01T09:56:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport has published Decarbonising Transport: Setting the Challenge , a policy paper explaining out how it intends to develop a plan to meet the government’s target of net zero transport emissions by 2050. The plan is scheduled to be published later this year. ...

  • The Welsh Government’s Minister for Economy & Transport Ken Skates has announced a £40m package of support to ensure the continued operation of a skeleton Wales & Borders rail service during the coronavirus pandemic.
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    £40m support package for Wales & Borders services

    2020-03-31T13:53:00Z

    UK: The Welsh Government’s Minister for Economy Transport Ken Skates has announced a £40m package of support to ensure the continued operation of a skeleton Wales Borders rail service during the coronavirus pandemic. The Welsh Government is working with Transport for Wales ...

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    RSSB offers membership fee payment delay

    2020-03-31T06:00:00Z

    UK: Rail safety and standards body RSSB has offered its members with an annual turnover below £10m the chance to defer payment of their 2020-21 membership levy for until later in the year. The measure affects more than half of RSSB’s members, who can continue ...

  • Refurbished Grand Central Class 180 (5)
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    Grand Central commits to revised timetable, but Blackpool launch likely to be delayed

    2020-03-30T16:25:00Z

    UK: Asked whether Grand Central was planning to follow the other East Coast Main Line open access operator Hull Trains in temporarily stopping operations because of the coronavirus pandemic, Grand Central Managing Director Richard McClean told Rail Business UK on March 30 ‘we remain committed to ...

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    Southeastern given direct award management contract

    2020-03-30T10:34:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport has announced a direct award contract for incumbent Govia to continue operating the South Eastern franchise, which covers commuter and regional passenger services between London, Kent and East Sussex. The contract announced on March 30 runs from April 1 2020 ...

  • The Department for Transport has directly awarded incumbent FirstGroup a new three-year contract to continue to operate Great Western services
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    FirstGroup says new Great Western contract has ‘appropriate balance’ of risk and reward

    2020-03-30T10:34:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport has directly awarded incumbent FirstGroup a new three-year contract to continue to operate Great Western services from the expiry of the current direct award on April 1 2020 until March 31 2023, with a possible extension of up to one year at ...

  • Hull Trains Paragon fleet
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    Hull Trains suspends services ‘to protect long-term future of business’

    2020-03-29T18:51:00Z

    UK: Open access operator Hull Trains announced on March 29 that was temporarily suspending services with effect from midnight, in a move which it said aimed to ‘safeguard the future of the business’ in the ‘unprecedented circumstances’ of the coronavirus pandemic. Arrangements have been made for tickets ...

  • Bombardier Transportation Derby
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    UK rolling stock manufacturers suspend production

    2020-03-27T11:14:00Z

    UK: Bombardier Transportation, CAF and Hitachi Rail have temporarily put the production of rolling stock at their UK plants on hold as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. ‘In the current unprecedented circumstances, we want to protect our people from Covid-19, support the government’s efforts to ...

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    3Squared moves to larger office

    2020-03-27T06:00:00Z

    UK: Rail software company 3Squared has moved into a larger 9 000 m 2 office within the same Fountain Precinct building in central Sheffield. The company currently has 52 staff, and the larger office renovated at a cost of £250 000 will enable it to ...

  • Infrarail has been rescheduled.
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    Infrarail rescheduled to take place alongside Railtex 2021

    2020-03-26T16:33:00Z

    UK: The Infrarail 2020 railway infrastructure trade fair has been rescheduled because of the coronavirus outbreak. It will now be co-located with the Railtex 2021 exhibition of railway equipment and services, which is due to be held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on May 11-13 ...

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    Edinburgh tram extension site works on hold during pandemic

    2020-03-26T11:40:00Z

    UK: Edinburgh Council has instructed contractors Morrison Utility Services and Sacyr Farrans Neopul to cease site works for the construction of the tramway extension from York Place to Newhaven. The contractors are to make the construction sites safe by the end of the week before shutting ...

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    UK railway news round-up

    2020-03-26T06:00:00Z

    Network Rail has temporarily extended all Sentinel railway competences and medical certificates by four months, in order to mitigate the risk of not having sufficient skilled people to maintain the network safely for freight and key worker services. Rail Alliance is providing its members ...

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    Solo Rail Solutions works with Manufacturing Technology Centre

    2020-03-25T06:00:00Z

    UK: Train interior manufacturer Solo Rail Solutions has entered into a collaborative project with the Manufacturing Technology Centre, which specialises in digital and additive manufacturing, intelligent automation and robotics. Solo is working with MTC as part of the government’s SME Reach project. It will focus on ...

  • Crossrail Ltd announced on March 24 that work on the cross-London rail project would be suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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    Crossrail work suspended

    2020-03-24T15:55:00Z

    UK: Crossrail Ltd announced on March 24 that work on the cross-London rail project would be suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. The organisation said it was working with its Tier 1 contractors to safely close down sites at the earliest opportunity. The announcement came amid ...

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    East Coast resignalling partners appointed

    2020-03-24T15:05:00Z

    UK: Network Rail has selected Siemens Mobility and Atkins as its partners for the programme to roll out ETCS Level 2 train control and traffic management on the southern section of the East Coast Main Line.

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    Tracsis acquires ticketing software specialist iBlocks

    2020-03-24T06:00:00Z

    UK: Transport software company Tracsis plc has acquired a smart ticketing, back office and automated delay repay specialist iBlocks. Tracsis said the acquisition would support its objective of strengthening its rail product portfolio in areas where it can offer a unique market proposition. The company would ...