UK railway news round-up
The High Court has upheld a May 2016 decision by the Office of Rail & Road rejecting Heathrow Airport Ltd's proposals for track access charges which would be paid by Crossrail services using the privately-financed infrastructure between Heathrow Airport and the Great Western Main Line. 'We welcome this judgment and we will now work with all the affected parties to enable Crossrail services to start running as scheduled into the airport', said ORR on May 26.
ScotRail has begun moving its Flexipass tickets from paper to smart card format. Flexipass allows passengers to buy 10 single tickets at a discounted price for use over one month from the first date of travel.
Northern is seeking passenger feedback on waiting shelters, seating, information screens and ‘customer technology panels‘ installed at Adlington (Lancashire), Moston, Ravensthorpe and Cramlington stations under a trial for its Better Stations programme.
The Department for Transport has extended public consultation on the next South Eastern franchise from May 22 to June 30.
All 40 Class 334 EMUs operated by ScotRail are being fitted with Perpetuum sensors for wheel and bearing condition monitoring, powered by harvesting vibration energy.