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  • Inverness Airport station inauguration February 2 2023
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    Inverness Airport station opens

    2023-02-03T14:53:00Z

    UK: Inverness Airport station opened to passengers on February 3, after being inaugurated by Scottish Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth the previous day. The station 12 km northeast of the city on the line to Aberdeen is intended to improve transport links to the airport, business park ...

  • Hima Group has acquired railway and industrial automation and control technology company Sella Controls
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    Hima Group acquires Sella Controls

    2023-02-03T09:40:00Z

    UK: Germany’s Hima Group has acquired railway and industrial automation and control technology company Sella Controls with effect from February 1. Previous owners John Blackwell and Eddy Turnock will continue to lead Sella Controls, with Chris Parr, who previously led the Process division, joining the board ...

  • Digital railway graphic
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    RIA announces 2023 Unlocking Innovation programme

    2023-02-03T04:00:00Z

    UK: The Railway Industry Association has announced its Unlocking Innovation event programme for 2023. The programme is supported by Network Rail and the UK Rail Research & Innovation Network. It starts with an Unlocking Innovation — Rail Freight event in Doncaster on February 22. This will ...

  • Young people out on a site visit during the Open Doors event at Long Itchington, October 2022
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    UK railway news round-up

    2023-02-02T05:00:00Z

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

  • Prototype Fibre-reinforced polymer, Lower cost, Optimised design, Working — or FLOW — footbridge
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    FLOW footbridge aims to offer low-cost way to close foot crossings

    2023-02-01T14:31:00Z

    UK: A prototype Fibre-reinforced polymer, Lower cost, Optimised design, Working — or FLOW — footbridge developed to enable the affordable replacement of foot crossings has been opened in Shropshire. The FLOW bridge was designed and funded by Network Rail’s Research & Development team in partnership with ...

  • tickets
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    Orange rail tickets get greener

    2023-02-01T04:00:00Z

    UK: Magnetic stripe ticket manufacturer Paragon ID says it has reduced the environmental impact of production by 87% by switching from a solvent-based process to a water-based one. This follows a two-year project in partnership with the Rail Delivery Group and investment of £230 000. A ...

  • Manchester Piccadilly cancellations (Photo Tony Miles)
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    Rail regulator calls for passenger-friendly approach to short-notice train cancellations

    2023-01-31T05:00:00Z

    UK: Train operators need to introduce a more passenger-friendly and transparent ways of working when making late changes to services, according to industry regulator the Office of Rail & Road. Currently ‘pre-cancellations’ made via a process known as ‘p-coding’ can be confirmed up to 22.00 the ...

  • Forth Bridge
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    Scottish HLOS and SoFA submitted to ORR

    2023-01-30T15:58:00Z

    UK: The Scottish government’s High-Level Output Specification and Statement of Funds Available for Control Period 7 was submitted to the Office of Rail & Road on January 27. Initial publication of the HLOS and SoFA for the period from April 1 2024 to March 31 2029 ...

  • Accrington & Rossendale College has installed a section of track for use as part of a railway maintenance and repair course which is designed to fast-track unemployed people aged 19+ into ‘well-paid, skilled careers for life’.
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    Training for ‘well-paid, skilled careers’ in rail

    2023-01-30T04:00:00Z

    UK: Accrington & Rossendale College has installed a section of track for use as part of a railway maintenance and repair course which is designed to fast-track unemployed people aged 19+ into ‘well-paid, skilled careers for life’. The course runs Monday to Friday over an eight-week ...

  • Aerial view of HS2's London Euston station site
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    Government ‘committed to delivering HS2 to Manchester’

    2023-01-27T12:30:00Z

    UK: The government is committed to building High Speed 2 through to London Euston rather than terminating it short at Old Oak Common, according to Chancellor Jeremy Hunt. ‘I don’t see any conceivable circumstance in which that would not end up at Euston’, he told the ...

  • Global Centre for Rail Excellence
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    Global Centre of Rail Excellence promoters confident as investment search ramps up

    2023-01-27T08:00:00Z

    Rail Business UK visits the future site of the Global Centre of Rail Excellence in South Wales, as promoter GCRE Ltd steps up its search to find an outside investor able to attract £330m in funding to fulfil its vision. Nick Kingsley reports.

  • Beaulieu Park station impression
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    Beaulieu Park station initial works contract awarded

    2023-01-26T12:00:00Z

    UK: J Murphy & Sons Ltd has been awarded the first of two contracts for construction of the future Beaulieu Park station on the Great Eastern Main Line near Chelmsford. The £37·8m enabling works contract announced on January 24 has been awarded by Network Rail on ...

  • Govia Thameslink Rail, Passenger Transport Operative, Mehmet Pacaci
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    UK railway news round-up

    2023-01-26T05:00:00Z

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

  • 1st Class 777 service trains second arrivat at Kirkby 230123 TM05
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    Merseyrail’s custom-designed Class 777 EMUs enter service

    2023-01-25T15:23:00Z

    UK: Rail Business UK  travels on the first passenger service operated by Merseyrail’s custom-built Stadler Class 777 electric multiple-units to see a revised method of operation and hear about Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s plans for ‘putting the public back into public transport’.

  • Avanti West Coast Pendolino at Stockport (Photo Tony Miles)
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    Avanti West Coast required to produce improved timetable recovery plan

    2023-01-25T14:21:00Z

    UK: The Office of Rail & Road has told Avanti West Coast to submit an improved timetable production recovery plan by February 2. The regulator said Avanti had initially made reasonable progress against its September 2022 recovery plan, but the position had deteriorated in 2023 with ...

  • Station in Wales
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    Wales & Western region framework contracts awarded

    2023-01-25T05:00:00Z

    UK: Network Rail’s Wales & Western region has awarded six framework contracts for infrastructure works in Control Period 7 (2024-29), with options to extend to a total of eight years. ContractContractor Wales and Western Electrification and plant AmcoGiffen Wales ...

  • tickets
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    Penalty fares increase substantially

    2023-01-25T04:00:00Z

    UK: Penalty fares in England and Wales have been increased to a £100 surcharge plus the price of a full single fare for the passenger’s journey on that train. The penalty is reduced to £50 if paid within 21 days. People who fail to pay the ...

  • TransPennine Express Class 802 on newly wired section of TRU under diesel power (Photo: Tony Miles)
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    From aircraft carriers to the Transpennine Route Upgrade

    2023-01-24T10:00:00Z

    UK: Network Rail has announced the appointment of Neil Holm as Managing Director of the Transpennine Route Upgrade programme. He has been Programme Director for the project since January 2021. Before that was with BAE Systems as Programme Director for aircraft carrier ...

  • GBRf trains
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    Mentoring programme launched to develop rail freight skills

    2023-01-24T05:00:00Z

    UK: The Rail Freight Group trade association has launched a cross-member mentoring scheme to develop skills across the sector and support individual personal development. The programme is open to anyone working in an RFG member company. Participants will be matched with mentors from different organisations who ...

  • Varamis Rail Class 321
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    Varamis Rail launches regular express light freight service

    2023-01-23T10:55:00Z

    UK: Varamis Rail has launched a 160 km/h express freight service between Glasgow and Birmingham International using a converted electric multiple-unit. The service is targeted at express parcels and third-party delivery companies seeking next day delivery of consumer goods. Consignments arriving at the Glasgow hub by ...