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  • GTR staff with wheelchair ramp at London Bridge
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    Disabled Persons Passenger Charter under development

    2022-01-14T04:00:00Z

    UK: The government is working with charity Scope to develop a Disabled Persons Passenger Charter covering trains, buses, coaches, taxis and private hire vehicles in England. This will bring together a range of information to provide people with a clear explanation of their rights and advice ...

  • Indian Railways double-stack train on the Western DFC (Photo: DFCCIL)
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    Rail opportunities in UK-India trade negotiations

    2022-01-13T15:35:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The UK’s Railway Industry Association has welcomed the start of negotiations for a free trade agreement with India on January 13, when Britain’s International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan met with India’s Minister of Commerce & Industry Piyush Goyal, who was Minister of Railways in 2017-21. ...

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    UK railway news round-up

    2022-01-13T05:00:00Z

    This week’s round-up of business news from the UK railway industry

  • Northern 195125 at East Didsbury (Photo: Tony Miles)
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    Northern seeks battery-hybrid Class 195 variant

    2022-01-12T15:01:00Z

    UK: Northern Trains is seeking to introduce a battery-diesel hybrid version of its CAF Class 195 diesel multiple-units. The hybrid DMUs would be used on lines being modernised under the Transpennine Route Upgrade programme, primarily the Leeds –Brighouse – Manchester Victoria – Wigan and Huddersfield – ...

  • Aberdeen ticket office (Photo: Tony Miles)
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    ScotRail consults on changes to ticket office opening hours

    2022-01-12T14:55:00Z

    UK: ScotRail has launched a review of all customer-facing functions, proposing changes to ticket office opening hours which it said would ‘better match customer purchasing and travelling habits in 2022 rather than 1991’ to provide ‘a financially and environmentally sustainable railway that will deliver value for ...

  • Artists impression of a HS2 train
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    Renewable energy to power High Speed 2 under Net Zero plan

    2022-01-12T14:50:00Z

    UK: High Speed 2 project promoter HS2 Ltd has published a Net Zero Carbon Plan, which includes making construction sites diesel-free by 2029, halving emissions from steel and concrete by 2030 and sourcing zero carbon energy for traction power when services begin. The first diesel-free worksite ...

  • SWR Class 707 EMU
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    Arterio EMU delays lead South Western Railway to retain Class 707s

    2022-01-12T10:18:00Z

    UK: South Western Railway has extended its lease on 12 Class 707 electric multiple-units until August, following delays to the introduction of its Arterio Class 701 EMU fleet and the decision to bring forward the end of its lease on the two-car Class 456 units from February to January 17.

  • Zwiehoff Rotrac E2 shunter DRS Motherwell
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    Battery shunter replaces diesel locomotive

    2022-01-11T05:00:00Z

    UK: Mechan has supplied a Zwiehoff Rotrac E2 battery shunter to Direct Rail Services’ Motherwell maintenance site following a 14-month trial to verify that it could replace a diesel locomotive. The shunter is being used to move flat wagons in and out of the depot at ...

  • NI Railways Cullybackey station
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    Cullybackey signalling and level crossing work gets underway

    2022-01-10T05:00:00Z

    UK: Contractor Babcock has begun work on the £31m Cullybackey Area Signalling & Level Crossings Renewals Project, which includes signalling and telecoms improvements at three level crossings, a platform extension to accommodate six-car trains and 9 km of cable replacement. The project will take place in ...

  • CAF and Ford & Stanley
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    CAF appoints recruitment services specialist

    2022-01-07T05:00:00Z

    UK: Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF has awarded Ford & Stanley a three-year contract to act as sole supplier of recruitment services for its UK rail activities. This includes contract and permanent placements in engineering, operations, procurement, finance, business support and administration. Ford & Stanley has ...

  • GB Railfreight container train
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    UK railway news round-up

    2022-01-06T05:00:00Z

    This week’s round-up of business news from the UK railway industry

  • Two passengers wearing coronavirus face coverings on a Thameslink train (Photo: Go- Ahead)
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    Train services cut as omicron hits the rail sector

    2022-01-05T14:31:00Z

    UK: Train operators across the country are introducing temporary timetables designed to offer more resilience as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus leads to increased staff absences. The move is also expected to reduce the cost to the government at a time of low demand as ...

  • TikTok star Francis Bourgeois appointed as GB Railfreight brand ambassador
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    TikTok star Francis Bourgeois appointed as GB Railfreight brand ambassador

    2022-01-05T12:01:00Z

    UK: GB Railfreight has appointed TikTok star Francis Bourgeois as a brand ambassador, who will showcase the role of rail freight and go behind the scenes at the operator during 2022. What GBRf describes as his ‘enthusiastic trainspotting videos’ have gained Bourgeois more than 2 million ...

  • Axiom TF25 bogie
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    Wagon bogies ordered

    2022-01-05T11:45:00Z

    UK: Greenbrier Europe has awarded Wabtec UK’s Axiom Rail Freight business a £8·2m contract to supply TF25 bogies for two batches of 102 tonne box wagons which it is to build in Romania for delivery to the UK in 2022. This year marks the 25th anniversary ...

  • Signalling works (Photo: Network Rail)
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    Suppliers call for Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline update

    2022-01-05T10:35:00Z

    UK: The Railway Industry Association has expressed concern that it is now more than 800 days since the government last updated the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline. The government had said an updated list of planned network improvements would be published annually. ‘This list of rail upgrades ...

  • Lumo MD Helen Wylde
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    Lumo Managing Director steps down

    2022-01-05T09:30:00Z

    UK: Helen Wylde stepped down as Managing Director of recently launched London – Edinburgh open access operator Lumo on January 4, in order to take up a position outside the rail industry. Phil Cameron, First Rail’s Commercial Projects Director, will act as Interim Managing Director until ...

  • VolkerRail Matisa tamper
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    VolkerRail orders Matisa tampers

    2022-01-05T05:00:00Z

    UK: VolkerRail has awarded Swiss company Matisa a contract to build a further two B 66 UC tampers. These will be used as part of VolkerRail’s contract to supply Network Rail with up to 12 on-track machines for maintenance tamping and plain line and switch & ...

  • Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail Class 385 EMU
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    ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper support extended

    2022-01-04T11:30:00Z

    UK: The Emergency Measures Agreements which temporarily vary the terms of the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises have been further extended from December 2021 until February 2022. Under the EMAs, the Scottish government will continue to provide Abellio ScotRail and Serco Caledonian Sleepers with additional funding ...

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    Christmas and New Year break

    2021-12-24T05:00:00Z

      UK: The next Rail Business UK newsletter will be on January 6 2022.

  • Josh Haggart is the new Director of Rail at Coleman James, with Director Rachel, Young and Managing Director, Andrew Mackay.
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    UK railway news round-up

    2021-12-23T05:00:00Z

    This week’s round-up of business news from the UK railway industry