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    Manchester Piccadilly through platforms become ‘a station within a station’


    UK: Following what Network Rail describes as ‘a major rethink’, the two through platforms at Manchester Piccadilly which handle up to 14 trains/h are to be managed independently from the rest of the station. The changes at platforms 13 and 14 will include the creation of ...

  • TransPennine Express CAF Nova 3
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    TransPennine Express MD departs


    UK: Finance Director Liz Collins has been appointed Interim Managing Director at TransPennine Express, after Leo Goodwin left the FirstGroup franchise on March 5 to ‘pursue opportunities outside the group’. ‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank Leo for his contribution’, said First Rail ...

  • Network Rail is to become an accredited Real Living Wage employer
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    Network Rail to become accredited Real Living Wage employer


    UK: Network Rail is to become an accredited Real Living Wage employer in April, with all its contractors, including those providing facilities services such as cleaning and catering, expected to pay employees appropriately. The current Real Living Wage calculated by the Living Wage Foundation is £9·30 ...

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    UK railway news round-up


    Planning applications have been submitted for stations at Darlaston and Willenhall on the Walsall – Wolverhampton line. The development of the two stations is being led by Transport for West Midlands and the West Midlands Rail Executive, in collaboration with the Department for Transport, Network ...

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    Northern enters public ownership with new Managing Director


    Speaking to Rail Business UK, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps accepted that whilst some changes would come in immediately, including deep cleaning of all trains and improvements to Sunday timetables, passengers needed to accept that ‘things won’t change overnight’.

  • CrossCountry at Chepstow (Photo: Tony Miles)
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    ‘Changing’ CrossCountry appoints regional directors


    Source: Tony Miles UK: CrossCountry has announced the appointment of four regional directors with responsibility for operational and financial performance at the franchise, which is held by Arriva under a directly-awarded contract that currently runs to October 2020. ‘CrossCountry is changing and these regional directors ...

  • ZF Services bogies
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    ZF Services UK gains RISAS approval for bogie overhauls


    UK: ZF Services UK has gained RISAS accreditation for bogie overhauls at its Nottingham Rail Centre of Competence. This follows ‘significant’ investment in equipment and training to provide the capability and expertise to overhaul a range of light rail, freight and passenger vehicle bogies. Services ...

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    Franchise decisions imminent, as Shapps targets concession model


    UK: Decisions about the future of the Southeastern and Great Western franchises are set to be announced imminently, according to Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps.

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    Raising awareness of the needs of disabled public transport users


    UK: The Department for Transport has launched the It’s Everyone’s Journey advertising campaign to raise awareness about the needs of disabled people when using public transport, particularly those with non-visible impairments, and to encourage people to reflect on how common and often unconscious behaviours can impact ...

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    SLC launches Operations business


    UK: SLC Group has established SLC Operations Ltd to provide train and station operating services as well as specialist safety-critical training. This builds on SLC Rail’s work over the past 10 years supporting local authorities in the development and delivery of infrastructure projects including new and ...

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    Celebrating excellence at the Rail Business Awards


    UK: Paying tribute to the innovation, dedication and hard work that characterises the UK railway and its supply chain every single day, more than 500 guests from across the rail sector came together on February 27 for the 22nd Rail Business Awards . Organised by ...

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    Punctuality matters on high frequency routes, passengers say


    UK: Transport Focus has published the results of research commissioned from independent market research agency Illuminas to understand how passengers’ expectations of punctuality and reliability might differ on high frequency routes such as the Thameslink core between London Blackfriars and London St Pancras International. The watchdog ...

  • Transport for Wales Rail Services has awarded Tracsis Travel Compensation Services a five-year contract to provide an automated systems to handle delay repay compensation.
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    Welsh fleet deployment programme rationalised


    TfW uses Class 175 DMUs suplied by Alstom in the late 1990s on its long-distance services between north and south Wales. UK: Faced with mounting costs from Network Rail to provide gauge clearance services, KeolisAmey has revised its plans to roll out new and refurbished rolling ...

  • Heathrow Express Class 387 EMU (13)
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    Trains refurbished to provide a ‘dedicated airport experience’ on the Heathrow Express


    UK: Heathrow Express has released images of the Bombardier Transportation Class 387 electric multiple-units which are being refurbished as a dedicated pool for use on the London Paddington – Heathrow Airport shuttle service from this summer. The 12 four-car Electrostar EMUs previously ...

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    UK railway news round-up


    Worcestershire Parkway station opened on February 23, served by GWR and CrossCountry. The fully-accessible station has a single platform on the North Cotswolds Line and two platforms on the route from the Midlands to South Wales, along with toilets, a ticket desk, a 500-space car park, ...

  • Electrification design and installation contractor SPL Powerlines UK formally opened its headquarters in Coatbridge to the east of Glasgow on February 20.
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    SPL Powerlines UK opens head office


    UK: Electrification design and installation contractor SPL Powerlines UK formally opened its headquarters in Coatbridge to the east of Glasgow on February 20. The complex has 1 000 m 2 of office space and work halls, with room for future growth. Around 50 employees have ...

  • Signalling cabinets on stilts at Caldew Junction
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    Signalling equipment on stilts helps storm-proof main line


    UK: Network Rail’s decision to mount signalling equipment on 3 m high stilts following previous flood damage meant the West Coast Main Line at Caldew Junction just north of Carlisle was able to reopen within 24 h of flooding during Storm Ciara on February 9, compared to ...

  • Bletchley East West Rail station impression
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    ‘Trusted, bold and innovative’ companies sought for East West Rail


    UK: Project promoter East West Railway Co has published a Prior Information Notice seeking specialist companies to participate in the development of the planned Oxford – Cambridge rail corridor. A market engagement event is to be held in Milton Keynes on March 5. ‘Our mission is ...

  • Northern Class 195 DMUs at Manchester Oxford Road (Photo: Tony MIles)
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    Northern franchise termination was the only option, says Transport for the North


    Industry sources have expressed some unease at the decision to terminate Arriva’s franchise rather than agree to its proposals for stabilisation. But termination was the only available option, Transport for the North Strategic Rail Director David Hoggarth tells Rail Business UK’s Tony Miles.

  • Prince Charles at CAF's Newport factory
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    Prince of Wales inaugurates CAF’s Newport rolling stock factory


    Source: Tony Miles UK: CAF’s rolling stock factory at Newport was formally inaugurated by the Prince of Wales on February 21, when he toured the facility and learned more about the complex process of building trains. CAF now employs around 200 people at the factory ...