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  • Northern’s final Pacer service ran on November 27, when unit 142 004, coupled to 150 225, left Kirkby at 15.36 and arrived at Manchester Victoria at 17.46
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    Northern runs its final Pacer

    2020-12-02T13:40:00Z

    UK: Following a temporary reprieve to provide additional capacity during the pandemic, Northern has operated its final passenger service with a Pacer diesel multiple-unit. Northern’s final Pacer service ran on November 27, when unit 142 004, coupled to 150 225, left Kirkby at 15.36 and ...

  • Stadler Class 398 trainset under construction
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    Trains for Wales under construction

    2020-12-02T09:17:00Z

    UK: Construction of the future South Wales Metro train fleet is underway, with Transport for Wales reporting that Stadler has made significant progress with the 36 three-car Class 398 Citylink tram-trains ordered in 2018 for use on services from Cardiff to Treherbert, Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil. ...

  • London Waterloo station was the busiest on the national network for the 16th consecutive year.
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    Busiest station saw 7·3 million fewer passengers in 2019-20

    2020-12-02T05:00:00Z

    UK: Falls in the number of people using stations during the 2019-20 financial year can be partly explained by the coronavirus pandemic, the Office of Rail Road said when its published its annual estimates of station usage on December 1. The statistics cover April ...

  • An £825m loan to ensure the continuation of work on completing and commissioning the delayed Crossrail project has been agreed by the Mayor of London, Transport for London, the Department for Transport and the Treasury.
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    Government agrees £825m loan to support Crossrail

    2020-12-01T12:42:00Z

    UK: An £825m loan to ensure the continuation of work on completing and commissioning the delayed Crossrail project has been agreed by the Mayor of London, Transport for London, the Department for Transport and the Treasury. Project promoter Crossrail Ltd announced in August that it would ...

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    Stadler partners with Newcastle University to support metro fleet renewal

    2020-12-01T05:00:00Z

    UK: Newcastle University and Stadler have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on research, education and innovation initiatives relating the the Swiss firm’s contract to supply and maintain a new fleet of trainsets for the Tyne Wear Metro. Running for an initial ...

  • Barton on Humber station
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    Funding for 15 railway or station reopening proposals

    2020-11-30T05:00:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport has awarded 15 rail schemes up to £50 000 each from the Restoring Your Railway fund to support the development of proposals for the reopening of lines and stations A total of 51 bids for funding under the second round of ...

  • The first of Greater Anglia’s Bombardier Transportation Class 720 Aventra EMUs has entered passenger service (Photo: Greater Anglia).
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    Greater Anglia Class 720 Aventra EMUs enter service

    2020-11-27T11:34:00Z

    UK: The first two of 133 Aventra electric multiple-units which Bombardier Transportation’s Derby factory is supplying for Greater Anglia’s commuter routes entered passenger service on November 26. A pair of Class 720 EMUs formed the 16.10 service from Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street, returning as ...

  • Southeast Wales 'network of alternatives' map
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    Rail enhancement proposed as the ‘backbone of an alternative’ to road spending in southeast Wales

    2020-11-26T13:59:00Z

    UK: Investment in a ‘comprehensive and co-ordinated’ programme of railway enhancements, rapid bus routes and active travel instead of road construction has been recommended by the South East Wales Transport Commission. The Commission chaired by Lord Burns was established by the Welsh government’s Minister for ...

  • Swan training picture
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    UK railway news round-up

    2020-11-26T05:00:00Z

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

  • Palace of Westminster from the river
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    Rail industry responds to Chancellor’s Spending Review

    2020-11-25T17:15:00Z

    UK: Organisations from across the rail industry have responded to Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Spending Review speech on November 25. Railway Industry Association Chief Executive Darren Caplan said ‘it is positive to see the continued commitment by government to transport infrastructure, with the announcement today of ...

  • Grand Central is to restart services on December 3 as the lockdown restrictions in England change
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    Grand Central to restart services

    2020-11-25T16:00:00Z

    UK: Grand Central is to restart services on December 3 as the lockdown restrictions in England change, but the open access operator warned that it would only be offering a reduced and reservation-only timetable and no onboard catering. ‘While it’s great to be back, we can’t ...

  • The Railtex and Infrarail 2021 trade fairs have been postponed to September 7-9 2021, organiser Mack-Brooks Exhibitions has confirmed.
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    Railtex and Infrarail postponed to September 2021

    2020-11-25T11:14:00Z

    UK: The Railtex and Infrarail trade fairs have been postponed to September 7-9 2021, organiser Mack-Brooks Exhibitions has confirmed. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the organiser decided that the Infrarail 2020 event which was to have been held at London’s Olympia on May 12-14 this year ...

  • ‘Despite the current challenges surrounding Covid-19, it is an exciting time for the rail freight sector, as more businesses look to move their goods off of the roads and onto the rail network’, said Sime
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    Rail Freight Group’s role has never been more important says new Chair

    2020-11-25T04:00:00Z

    UK: The Rail Freight Group board has elected Neil Sime, Managing Director of Victa Railfreight, as Chair for the coming year. He succeeds Ken Russell, Director at John G Russell. Andrew Harston, Regional Director for Wales Short Sea Ports at ...

  • Revolution Very Light Rail demonstrator vehicle at Long Marston
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    Revolution Very Light Rail demonstrator vehicle prepared for testing

    2020-11-24T10:22:00Z

    UK: The prototype Revolution Very Light Rail railcar has been delivered to the Quinton Rail Technology Centre at Long Marston, where final assembly, system integration and performance validation testing will be completed by early 2021 ahead of demonstration to potential railway project sponsors and stakeholders. Revolution ...

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    Full delivery of HS2 crucial to connectivity between Midlands and North, argues West Midlands Mayor

    2020-11-24T06:59:00Z

    UK: The government must complete its High Speed North vision to link London and northern England in full in order to maximise its benefits, urged West Midlands Elected Mayor Andy Street on November 19.

  • South Western Railway train
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    ORR demands action on lack of wheelchair access at Liphook station

    2020-11-24T06:00:00Z

    UK: The Office of Rail Road has issued a formal Improvement Notice instructing South Western Railway to comply with its legal duty to ensure that people using wheelchairs can board and alight from trains at Liphook station. This action was taken after the regulator ...

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    Shipping company joins RSSB to benefit from rail’s safety culture

    2020-11-23T12:00:00Z

    UK: DFDS Seaways Immingham has joined the Rail Safety Standards Board as its first shipping company member. This provides the freight shipping, warehousing and logistics operator with access to RSSB’s resource library and ‘world class’ training on human behaviour, safety culture developments and safety ...

  • Network Rail plans to double the number of apprenticeships offered.
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    Seven steps needed to address looming rail skills shortage

    2020-11-23T10:19:00Z

    UK: Action needs to be taken now prevent a serious escalation of skills shortages in the rail industry over the next five years, according to the ‘Back on Track’ report published by City & Guilds and the National Skills Academy for Rail.

  • Candian Pacific train in the mountains
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    UK rail industry’s virtual trade mission targets Canada

    2020-11-23T05:00:00Z

    UK: The Railway Industry Association and the Department for International Trade are partnering to launch their first virtual trade mission, which will see delegates participating in a programme of activities with key players from across the Canadian rail sector from February 1 to 12 2021. ...

  • ScotRail Class 334 (Photo: Darrel Hendrie/Eversholt Rail)
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    Alstom awarded Class 334 EMU overhaul contract

    2020-11-20T16:38:00Z

    UK: Leasing company Eversholt Rail has awarded supplier Alstom Transport UK a £12∙4m contract to undertake the mileage-based overhaul of its fleet of 40 three-car Class 334 Juniper electric multiple-units which are operated by ScotRail. The programme will commence in October 2021 with the work on ...