UK passenger train operator news

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    Rail Business UK

    East Coast resignalling partners appointed


    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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    Rail Business UK

    Quartz keeps watch to help keep time


    UK: Greater Anglia has begun using software which was developed by Amey Consulting for Network Rail to better understand the performance of trains at stations and individual platforms. The Quartz software filters through existing train monitoring data streams to quickly and simply present to-the-second punctuality at ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Welsh language announcements go live


    UK: Transport for Wales has used technology from Amazon and Ivona to develop an information system called Geraint, enabling it to make Welsh-language information available at 171 of the 222 stations in Wales. Previously only a quarter of the stations had a system which worked for ...

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    Urban news

    London Underground, rail and bus services cut by coronavirus


    UK: Major cuts to metro, rail and bus services were announced by Transport for London on March 18, with the operator explaining that Mayor of London Sadiq Khan had asked it to focus on enabling ‘critical workers to make essential journeys’ during the Covid-19 pandemic. ...

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    Urban news

    Elizabeth Line CCTV maintenance contract awarded


    UK: Transport for London has awarded Telent a contract to support and maintain the Elizabeth Line driver-only operation CCTV system, which enables train drivers to view images from platform cameras on in-cab monitors to ensure safe departure. The mission-critical communications specialist has been maintaining the CCTV ...

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    Rail Business UK

    First of Greater Anglia’s Aventra EMUs on test


    UK: Greater Anglia has begun testing the first of the 111 Aventra 25 kV 50 Hz electric multiple-units being supplied by Bombardier Transportation for its London commuter routes. In the early hours of March 17, the EMU was tested on the Southend Victoria line in what ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Lighter weight platform coping stones developed


    UK: Norfolk-based contractor RG Carter worked with Greater Anglia to create a platform edge coping stone weighing almost half as much as previous designs. This meant smaller machinery was needed to move and install the coping stones during the construction of a 80 m platform at Sheringham ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Greater Anglia completes directly-managed Norwich Victoria sidings project


    UK: Greater Anglia has opened four sidings able to stable 12-car trains just outside Norwich station, with its first train using the facility on March 3. The operator directly managed the nine-month Norwich Victoria sidings project in its biggest infrastructure scheme to date, with Keltbray ...

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    Rail Business UK

    TransPennine Express MD departs


    UK: Finance Director Liz Collins has been appointed Interim Managing Director at TransPennine Express, after Leo Goodwin left the FirstGroup franchise on March 5 to ‘pursue opportunities outside the group’. ‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank Leo for his contribution’, said First Rail ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Northern enters public ownership with new Managing Director


    Speaking to Rail Business UK, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps accepted that whilst some changes would come in immediately, including deep cleaning of all trains and improvements to Sunday timetables, passengers needed to accept that ‘things won’t change overnight’.

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    Rail Business UK

    ‘Changing’ CrossCountry appoints regional directors


    Source: Tony Miles UK: CrossCountry has announced the appointment of four regional directors with responsibility for operational and financial performance at the franchise, which is held by Arriva under a directly-awarded contract that currently runs to October 2020. ‘CrossCountry is changing and these regional directors ...

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    Class 710 EMUs deployed on London Overground Liverpool Street routes


    Class 710 liverpool st Overground UK: London Overground began using Class 710 electric multiple-units on its routes from London Liverpool Street on March 3. The Aventra EMUs being built by Bombardier Transportation in Derby are replacing the oldest rolling stock operating on ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Franchise decisions imminent, as Shapps targets concession model


    UK: Decisions about the future of the Southeastern and Great Western franchises are set to be announced imminently, according to Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps.

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    Rail Business UK

    Punctuality matters on high frequency routes, passengers say


    UK: Transport Focus has published the results of research commissioned from independent market research agency Illuminas to understand how passengers’ expectations of punctuality and reliability might differ on high frequency routes such as the Thameslink core between London Blackfriars and London St Pancras International. The watchdog ...

  • Transport for Wales Rail Services has awarded Tracsis Travel Compensation Services a five-year contract to provide an automated systems to handle delay repay compensation.
    Rail Business UK

    Welsh fleet deployment programme rationalised


    TfW uses Class 175 DMUs suplied by Alstom in the late 1990s on its long-distance services between north and south Wales. UK: Faced with mounting costs from Network Rail to provide gauge clearance services, KeolisAmey has revised its plans to roll out new and refurbished rolling ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Trains refurbished to provide a ‘dedicated airport experience’ on the Heathrow Express


    UK: Heathrow Express has released images of the Bombardier Transportation Class 387 electric multiple-units which are being refurbished as a dedicated pool for use on the London Paddington – Heathrow Airport shuttle service from this summer. The 12 four-car Electrostar EMUs previously ...

  • Northern Class 195 DMUs at Manchester Oxford Road (Photo: Tony MIles)
    Rail Business UK

    Northern franchise termination was the only option, says Transport for the North


    Industry sources have expressed some unease at the decision to terminate Arriva’s franchise rather than agree to its proposals for stabilisation. But termination was the only available option, Transport for the North Strategic Rail Director David Hoggarth tells Rail Business UK’s Tony Miles.

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    Rail Business UK

    South Western Railway announces additional strike compensation


    UK: South Western Railway has announced additional compensation above normal delay repay arrangements for passengers who were affected by industrial action in December. The cost of up to five days of travel will be paid to season ticket holders and daily ticket holders who travelled frequently. ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Grand Central prepares to launch London – Blackpool services


    Source: DB Cargo UK UK: The first of five Class 90 electric locomotives to receive open access passenger operator Grand Central’s branding has been unveiled ahead of the launch of London Euston – Blackpool North services this spring. Four of the 175 km/h locomotives hired ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Wigan multiple-unit depot inaugurated


    Source: Tony Miles UK: Northern and Network Rail have inaugurated a £46m rolling stock stabling and light maintenance facility at Wigan Springs Branch, alongside the former diesel locomotive depot now used by Network Rail. The four-road depot provides Northern with an additional base for its ...