Coronavirus news – Page 6

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    Metro Report International

    UrbanThings launches social distancing technology


    UK: Ipswich Buses has deployed social distancing technology which has been developed by UrbanThings using a grant awarded by innovation agency Innovate UK. Integrated into the existing mobile ticketing platform, this uses live vehicle occupancy data to generate predictions of future rider numbers which are ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Rose Hill Marple service cut back as Northern faces training backlog


    Northern Managing Director Nick Donovan explains to Rail Business UK why the service from Manchester to Rose Hill Marple has been reduced to just three trains per day.

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    Rail Business UK

    Cheapest offers in crosshairs as government confirms January rail fare rise


    UK: Regulated rail fares are set to increase in January 2021 despite pressure from consumer and environmental groups for the Department for Transport to freeze them as part of efforts to encourage people back onto trains. In line with previous years, the increase will be linked to ...

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    Rail Business UK

    CrossCountry resumes normal seat reservations


    UK: CrossCountry resumed providing reservations for specific seats on all its trains with effect from September 7. Since June, all customers have been requested to reserve a place when travelling with CrossCountry, to help maintain social distancing on board trains during the coronavirus pandemic. The operator said ...

  • Grand Central Class 90 loco (Photo: DB Cargo UK)
    Rail Business UK

    Grand Central drops plans for Blackpool – London open access service


    Rail Business UK understands that after months of work exploring all options, it had become clear that the service would not be financially viable until at least 2024.

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    Metro Report International

    Design agency showcases post-Covid metro train concept


    INTERNATIONAL: Design company Tangerine has developed a concept for a ‘post-Covid’ metro train, designed to help operators plan for future pandemics by enabling them to readily adapt the interior to minimise the risk of transmission during local outbreaks. The ‘Metamorphosis’ concept has ...

  • Transdev operates the Guingamp - Paimpol branch line as a subcontractor to SNCF.

    Rail receives €4·7bn in French recovery spending package


    Photo: Christophe Masse FRANCE: The government announced on September 3 its intention to provide a financial support package for the rail sector worth €4·7bn as part of a post-pandemic recovery plan. Transport Secretary Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said that the funding package, which forms part of a wider national ...

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    Amtrak works with Reckitt Benckiser to increase cleaning


    USA: Amtrak is to work with cleaning, health and household products manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser to strengthen its disinfection protocols for trains, stations and lounges. RB is to supply disinfection equipment for use across high-touch and high-traffic areas, including products which Amtrak said were proven to be effective ...

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    Freight RAILCAR bill aims to support US wagon industry


    USA: The Railway Supply Institute which represents more than 200 companies has welcomed the bipartisan introduction to the House of Representatives of the Freight Rail Assistance & Investment to Launch Coronavirus-era Activity & Recovery Act, which would offer a time-limited 50% tax credit for purchasing new wagons ...

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    Covid-19 aid package unfair, say independent operators


    GERMANY: Financial aid earmarked for national operator Deutsche Bahn in the form of a €5bn equity increase as compensation for the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic constitutes unfair state aid under European Union law, according to Netzwerk Europäischer Eisenbahnen, an association of around 60 independent rail freight ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Passenger concerns hold back return to rail


    Passenger demand remains low, with Transport Focus data showing that travel by train remains at around 5% of pre-pandemic levels, and the industry’s work during the pandemic has brought a range of responses.

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    Rail Business UK

    Treasury concerns over ticketing changes


    UK: Department for Transport sources have confirmed to Rail Business UK that a key focus within the department is now on the development of part-time season tickets or carnets to encourage commuters to return to train services. However, pressure from the Treasury to manage any lost ...

  • The Department for Transport has exercised its option to extend the Emergency Measures Agreement covering FirstGroup’s Great Western franchise until at least June 26 2021.
    Rail Business UK

    GWR Emergency Measures Agreement extended


    UK: On September 1 the Department for Transport exercised its option to extend the Emergency Measures Agreement covering FirstGroup’s Great Western franchise until at least June 26 2021. FirstGroup Chief Executive Matthew Gregory said this ‘provides important clarity and continuity for our customers, employees and wider stakeholders’. ...

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    Bombardier Transportation to cut Thunder Bay workforce


    CANADA: Bombardier Transportation has announced plans to reduce the workforce at its Thunder Bay plant in Ontario by 125 people by mid-October, and potentially by 75 more next March. ‘Unfortunately, we find ourselves unable to sustain current workforce levels’, the company said. ‘During the last 19 months, ...

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    Rail Business UK

    TOCs expect timetable stability after September uplift


    UK: Train operators are preparing to ramp up services early next month as the government encourages the country to return to workplaces and education in greater numbers. While some TOCs have announced an uplift from September 7 following a request from the Department for Transport specifying that ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Train operators resist proposed Emergency Remedial Measures Agreements


    UK: With the current Emergency Measures Agreements with franchised passenger train operating companies set to expire on September 20, industry sources report that some TOCs have been ‘resistant’ to the terms of the successor Emergency Remedial Measures Agreements proposed by the Department for Transport. Rail Business ...

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    George Washington University to advise Amtrak on pandemic response


    USA: National passenger operator Amtrak has engaged the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health to provide technical expertise and guidance to enhance its response to the coronavirus pandemic. This will include advice on: reviewing safe ...

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    Metro Report International

    English light rail support extended


    UK: The government has allocated further financial support for five tram and light rail networks in England as part of a commitment to provide £256m for bus and tram services for between eight and 12 weeks. The funding announced on August 8 aims to enable operators ‘to ...

  • Freightliner has acquired another 13 Class 90 electric locomotives formerly used on Greater Anglia inter-city services, bringing its fleet to 23.

    Class 90s support Freightliner decarbonisation objectives


    UK: As part of its strategy to decarbonise rail freight and operate longer trains, Freightliner has acquired another 13 Class 90 electric locomotives formerly used on Greater Anglia inter-city services, bringing its fleet to 23.

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    Rail Business UK

    ONS reclassifies Train Operating Companies as public non-financial corporations


    UK: Train Operating Companies which are operating under Emergency Measures Agreements with the UK and Scottish governments have been reclassified as public non-financial corporations, the Office for National Statistics announced on July 31. The reclassification, which is backdated to April 1, is a statistical matter which affects ...