Coronavirus news – Page 3

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    Metro Report International

    English urban rail services get financial support extension


    UK: Further government funding has been agreed to ensure the continued operation of English urban rail services while ridership is severely reduced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. On March 20 the Department for Transport announced a further £33m to support operations in Birmingham, Blackpool, ...

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    Metra to install enhanced air filters on Chicago commuter fleet


    USA: Chicago commuter operator Metra has selected Transitair Systems for a $6·6m contract to provide new air filtration and purification systems for nearly 700 coaches which are not due to be replaced by the Alstom cars which it has recently ordered. The equipment is designed to ...

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    Metro Report International

    DfT proposes extension of Transport for London support package


    UK: The Department for Transport has proposed a short-term extension of Transport for London’s coronavirus pandemic emergency funding and financing support agreement, known as the H2 Funding Package, through to May 18. The H2 package agreed last year currently covers the period from October 18 2020 ...

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    Metro Report International

    Tokyo Metro improves train crowding data


    JAPAN: Following successful trials, Tokyo Metro has decided to roll-out the use of stereo depth cameras to provide real-time information on train occupancy. The system developed with Ueno Green Solutions and Cyber Core uses cameras with two closely-spaced sensors a known distance apart, and software ...

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    Metro Report International

    Antiviral surface protection for public transport


    GERMANY: Hübner Group has entered into a co-operation agreement with Airdal for the distribution of antiviral surface protection products in the public transport market. ‘Regional transit companies are encountering major challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic’, said Helge Förster, General Manager of Hübner Group ...

  • Team leader Jeremy Moss carries out a swab test on board the Southern train at Brighton station
    Rail Business UK

    Train used as Covid-19 testing centre


    UK: Govia Thameslink Railway has set up three Covid-19 rapid testing centres for its staff, including one on a Class 313 electric multiple-unit which has been fitted with curtains and screens and positioned at Brighton station. GTR is offering twice-weekly rapid lateral ...

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    Rail Business UK

    ScotRail looks to extended Emergency Measures Agreement


    UK: With its existing Emergency Measures Agreement due to expire at the end of March, ScotRail has confirmed that is currently in discussions with the Scottish Government about a third agreement. Support of around £108m has been provided under the current agreement which runs from January ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Redundancy-hit Hull Trains to resume operations in April


    UK: Vowing to ‘build the business back up’ having made around a quarter of its staff redundant, Hull Trains Managing Director Louise Cheeseman announced on March 1 that the open access operator would restart services between London and East Yorkshire from April 12.

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    Rail Business UK

    Grand Central plans restart date and Hull Trains to monitor demand


    UK: Following the government’s February 22 announcement of a proposed timeline for easing coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England, open access operators Grand Central and Hull Trains have confirmed that they are to remain in ‘hibernation’ for the time being. Unlike franchised operators, the open access operators ...

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    Swedish ticket offices to close


    SWEDEN: National passenger operator SJ is to close its remaining travel centres at the main stations in Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö from March 1. Customer service staff will instead be deployed around the stations to provide information and assist passengers with using ticket machines, digital purchases and rebooking.

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    Rail Business UK

    Union calls for suspension of on-train ticket checks during lockdown


    UK: The RMT trade union has written to the government calling for a suspension of on-train revenue protection and ticket inspection duties at all Train Operating Companies for the duration of the coronavirus lockdown. Current guidance from the Department for Transport and the Office of Rail ...

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    Introduction of Dutch services postponed


    NETHERLANDS: National passenger operator NS has postponed by at least a year its plans to introduce a fast IC Direct service from the southwest to the northeast of the country via Rotterdam Central, Amsterdam Zuid and Almere. The service had been expected to launch in December ...

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    Rail Business UK

    High speed line contractor to deploy social distancing helmets


    UK: High Speed 2 central area civil works contractor EKFB has awarded PLINX a contract to supply 1 500 helmet-mounted devices designed to help maintain social distancing at work sites during the coronavirus pandemic. The devices use wireless technology to monitor how close workers are to ...

  • CAF - Passenger Counter _ LeadMind

    Turning passenger counts into actionable data


    SPAIN: CAF has developed a vehicle occupancy data management platform which enables rail operators to track the number of passengers per train, coach, location, time and service, and to analyse historical data to forecast passenger demand more accurately. The number of passengers can be estimated from ...

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    Metro Report International

    Filters deployed and UV on test, but robot struggles to disinfect metro trains


    USA: San Francisco’s BART is ‘actively evaluating many different technologies’ that could potentially be used to combat the coronavirus, according to Chief Safety Officer Jeff Lau. Following a six-month pilot, BART has approved the installation of denser filters in the heating and air conditioning unit underneath each ...

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    Westbahn cutbacks in prospect as public service contract ends


    AUSTRIA: More than half of Westbahn’s inter-city passenger services between Wien and Salzburg may be withdrawn within the next few days, unless agreement is reached to continue the interim support provided by the government for operations during the Covid-19 pandemic. Affecting both Austrian Federal Railways and ...

  • CAF Class 197 TfW Set
    Rail Business UK

    Wales & Borders rail franchise taken into public ownership


    UK: The Welsh Government took Wales & Borders passenger services into public ownership on February 7, insisting that the move which had been announced in October would provide longer-term financial stability to ‘protect services, safeguard jobs and deliver infrastructure improvements in light of the ongoing challenges of coronavirus.’

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    Rail Business UK

    GWR to make extra stops to serve vaccination centre


    UK: Great Western Railway is to stop 17 extra London Paddington – Bedwyn trains a day at Newbury Racecourse from February 8, to help people access a coronavirus vaccination centre there. This will be in addition to the current hourly timetabled service between Newbury and Reading. ‘Rail ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Pay freeze looms as rail staff declared public sector employees


    UK: Industry speculation regarding a pay freeze for railway staff was confirmed when Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps spoke to the Transport Select Committee on February 3. ‘There will need to be pay freezes outside of things like healthcare, and I think most people ...

  • Brighton station gateline
    Rail Business UK

    Franchise termination negotiations run on past deadline


    UK: Negotiations over the termination of passenger franchise contracts are proving difficult, with some payments yet to be agreed and direct awards still being discussed.