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UK railway news round-up

08 Jun 2017

A mock-up of the Stadler Flirt multiple-units which are to enter service with Greater Anglia from 2019 has been set up at the operator’s Norwich Crown Point depot to enable staff, customers and stakeholders to provide feedback on the design. It includes first and standard class seating, the café bar, cycle storage and a toilet.

Cornwall County Council has awarded Wills Bros Civil Engineering a £4∙6m contract to design and build a multi-modal hub at St Erth station. The scope includes the provision of 440 new car parking spaces, ramped pedestrian access from the south car park to platform level, improvements to the station forecourt and amendments to the existing junction on the A30 trunk road.

Liebherr-Transportation Systems is supplying 50 compact cab air-conditioning systems and 150 passenger saloon air-conditioning systems for the 25 six-car Class 717 Desiro City electric multiple-units which Siemens is building for Great Northern suburban services to London’s Moorgate station.

The Women in Rail group has appointed PR agency Grayling to assist with its aim of supporting ‘cultural, organisational and attitudinal change in the rail industry, showcasing the positive impact made by women in the sector, encouraging and nurturing future talent’. Grayling ‘will play an important role in shaping how we evolve the organisation over the coming years, capitalising on our rapidly growing membership and increased profile within the industry‘, said Women in Rail founder Adeline Ginn on June 6.

TBM Rail has invested £100 000 in bespoke cleaning systems for train and coach toilets and storage tanks.

The Association of Community Rail Partnerships has launched the scenicrailbritain.com website to promote scenic and historic rail routes to tourists. Hosting and site maintenance is being sponsored by Abellio UK.

The Rail 74 Community Rail Partnership has been launched for the Rutherglen to Hamilton Central route.

On June 6 the Rail Accident Investigation Branch released its report into the partial collapse of an over bridge at Barrow upon Soar on August 1 2016. There are two recommendations to Network Rail; one relates to the competence of staff and contractors and access to information needed to manage the potential risk from breaches of water utilities, and the second relates to risk assessments for intrusive investigations and masonry repairs on bridges carrying water services.