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    UK railway news round-up


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

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    Lord McLoughlin appointed Chair of Transport for the North


    UK: Lord McLoughlin was appointed as Chair of Transport for the North at its board meeting on January 25. Patrick McLoughlin was the Member of Parliament for Derbyshire Dales in 1986-2019, and Secretary of State for Transport in 2012-16, becoming a life peer in 2020. ‘I ...

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    Government told HS2 Eastern Leg alternatives 'struggle to meet' strategic objectives


    UK: A report prepared by Mott MacDonald outlining strategic alternatives to the Eastern Leg of Phase 2b of High Speed 2, suggests that none of the options considered were likely to deliver the same strategic benefits as the proposed high speed line, although they would reduce the capital expenditure.

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    Jenny Gilruth named Scottish Transport Minister


    UK: SNP Member of the Scottish Parliament for Mid Fife & Glenrothes Jenny Gilruth was named as Scotland’s Transport Minister on January 25, the day after Graeme Dey announced his resignation from the Scottish government for health-related reasons. ‘The transport portfolio is an exciting opportunity to ...

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    Scottish Transport Minister steps down


    UK: Transport Minister Graeme Dey resigned from the Scottish Government for health-related reasons on January 24. Dey had been appointed Transport Minister following the 2021 Holyrood elections. He said ‘regrettably, despite my continuing passion, I find myself unable now to give this hugely important ministerial role ...

  • TPE 68024 crossing the Pennines (Photo: Tony Miles)
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    Bi-mode locomotives sought by TransPennine Express and GWR


    UK: TransPennine Express is seeking expressions of interest in the provision of between 15 and 30 bi-mode locomotives, with an option for a further five for use on Great Western Railway’s Night Riviera sleeper service. In its detailed specification TPE states that the 160 km/h locomotives ...

  • HS2 Birmingham Curzon Street station with trains
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    Crewe – Manchester HS2 bill reaches parliament


    UK: A hybrid bill seeking approval to build a further 85 km of the High Speed 2 network linking Crewe with Manchester has been laid before parliament, the government announced on January 24.

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    Rail industry responds to end of Plan B coronavirus restrictions


    UK: Rail industry organisations have responded to the government’s announcement that coronavirus ‘Plan B’ restrictions in England will be eased from January 27, with the removal of the legal requirement for people to wear a face covering on public transport unless they have a reasonable excuse ...

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    Local shops to sell local train tickets


    UK: Tickets for local rail journeys wholly within in the South Wales Metro area will be made available for purchase from 90 convenience shops from January 24. Transport for Wales says it is the first train operating company to offer ticket sales through Payzone’s instore devices, ...

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    UK railway news round-up


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

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    West Midlands transport investment priorities agreed


    UK: The West Midlands Combined Authority board agreed a ‘wide-ranging’ list of more than 50 preferred schemes to improve rail, tram, bus, road, cycling and walking routes on January 14. The list includes the proposed Very Light Rail line in Coventry city centre, Aldridge station, developing ...

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    TK Elevator to supply HS2 lifts and escalators


    UK: TK Elevator has been awarded a contract to supply and fit lifts and escalators for High Speed 2 stations. The contract covers the supply of at least 132 Victoria heavy-duty escalators, 157 Evolution lifts, and six freight lifts at four stations: Curzon Street and Interchange ...

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    Lichfield – Burton reopening plans advance


    Photo: Wikimedia/Ben Brooksbank The former station at Alrewas was demolished after the withdrawal of local passenger services in January 1965, but the line remains open for freight and diversions. UK: Proposals to restore local passenger services on the line between Lichfield and Burton upon Trent have ...

  • GBRf Class 60 Penmaenmawr (Photo: Hanson)
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    Penmaenmawr quarry rail terminal reopens


    UK: Hanson has reopened its Penmaenmawr railhead in north Wales, as part of its strategy to reduce vehicle movements and associated CO2 emissions. The quarrying company has spent £300 000 refurbishing the facility, including upgrades to the railhead conveyor which was last used in 2012. The ...

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    Disabled Persons Passenger Charter under development


    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 ...

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    Rail opportunities in UK-India trade negotiations


    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


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

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    Northern seeks battery-hybrid Class 195 variant


    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 – ...

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    ScotRail consults on changes to ticket office opening hours


    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 ...

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    Renewable energy to power High Speed 2 under Net Zero plan


    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 ...