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  • gb West Midlands Trains Class 196 CAF DMU
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    West Midlands Trains reveals first Class 196 DMU

    2019-12-18T09:37:00Z

    UK: West Midlands Trains has revealed the first of its CAF Civity Class 196 diesel multiple-units, which is now on test at the Velim circuit in the Czech Republic. The 12 two-car and 14 four-car DMUs were ordered in October 2017 at cost of around €200m, ...

  • Warrington West station opening
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    Warrington West station opens

    2019-12-18T08:00:00Z

    UK: Warrington West station opened with the December 15 timetable change. It is managed by Northern, which operates two trains an hour to Warrington Central and Manchester and two in the opposite direction to Liverpool. Construction was undertaken by Balfour Beatty and Network Rail. The ...

  • Robroyston station (1)
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    Robroyston station inaugurated

    2019-12-17T10:33:00Z

    UK: The £14m Robroyston station on the Glasgow to Cumbernauld line opened with the December 15 timetable change. ScotRail said the station would provide residents of Robroyston and Millerston with better access to Scotland’s two largest cities, provide a 263-space park-and-ride site ...

  • Virgin Trains leases 20 Voyager units for the InterCity West Coast franchise.
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    Avanti West Coast and Bombardier sign three-year maintenance contract

    2019-12-17T06:00:00Z

    UK: Avanti West Coast has awarded Bombardier Transportation a £117m three-year contract to ‘refresh’ and continue to maintain its 20 Class 221 Super Voyager diesel-electric multiple-units until December 11 2022. Under the train services agreement, maintenance will continue to be undertaken at Bombardier’s Central Rivers depot, ...

  • West Midlands Railway EMUs at at Five Ways (Tony Miles)
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    West Midlands Trains looks to roll back service changes

    2019-12-16T06:00:00Z

    UK: West Midlands Trains has conceded that its May 2019 timetable change did not work well, particularly for its London Northwestern division which implemented a radical change involving joining up into through trains services which previously terminated at Birmingham New Street. Accepting that ‘day to ...

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    Rail industry responds to general election result

    2019-12-13T16:12:00Z

    UK: Responding to the Conservative victory in the general election held on December 12, Railway Industry Association Chief Executive Darren Caplan called on ‘all parliamentarians to work with the supply sector to deliver a long-term 30-year strategy for rail, which extends well beyond five-year electoral cycles’. ...

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    UK railway news round-up

    2019-12-12T06:00:00Z

    Network Rail has launched a fact-finding exercise seeking to obtain information about the latest developments in technology for the removal of rail-head contamination such as moisture, diesel fuel, grease and vegetation. Govia Thameslink Railway is providing automatic defibrillators at a ...

  • Pacer
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    Pacer DMUs made available to emergency services, heritage and community railways

    2019-12-11T13:45:00Z

    UK: Leasing company Angel Trains has annaunced it will offer a ‘small number’ of Class 142 Pacer DMUs to heritage railways and emergency services following their withdrawal from service with Northern. The proceeds will be donated to a charity of the organisation’s choice for the emergency ...

  • Refurbished Grand Central Class 180
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    Grand Central completes £9m fleet refurbishment

    2019-12-11T05:00:00Z

    UK: Arriva TrainCare’s Eastleigh site has completed a £9m two-year programme to undertake the mid-life refurbishment of 10 Alstom Class 180 Adelante inter-city DMUs for open access operator Grand Central. The trains have had a full interior refresh, with new seats ...

  • Hull Trains Paragon fleet virtual tour screenshot
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    Take a virtual tour of Hull Trains before booking a ticket

    2019-12-10T05:00:00Z

    UK: Hull Trains has added a virtual tour of its new Hitachi Class 802 Paragon trainsets on its website, enabling passengers to ‘walk through’ standard and first class facilities before booking a ticket. ‘We discovered that many people want to know what to expect before travelling, ...

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    Avanti West Coast promises Pride and Prosperity

    2019-12-09T12:09:00Z

    UK: A reliveried Alstom Class 390 Pendolino was named ‘Pride and Prosperity’ at London Euston station on December 9, to mark the start of the Avanti West Coast franchise the previous day.

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    Hitachi to supply inter-city trains for Avanti West Coast services

    2019-12-06T10:28:00Z

    UK: First Trenitalia has awarded Hitachi Rail a contract to supply and maintain 23 inter-city trainsets for use on Avanti West Coast services. The contract announced on December 6 is worth £350m. Due to enter service from 2022, the 200 km/h trains to be assembled at ...

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    Tracsis launches goodwill app

    2019-12-06T05:00:00Z

    UK: Software supplier Tracsis Travel Compensation Services has launched a ‘Gesture of Goodwill’ app designed to be used by station and on-train staff to issue dissatisfied passengers with vouchers which can be downloaded to a mobile device and redeemed at retail outlets. Pre-approved maximum transaction ...

  • LNER Azuma Harrogate
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    UK railway news round-up

    2019-12-05T08:00:00Z

    LNER ran a ‘preview’ service to Harrogate using an Azuma bi-mode trainset on December 3, ahead of the planned start of Azuma services to the town with the timetable change on December 15. The trains will operate electrically on the East Coast Main Line between London ...

  • Luton-Dart
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    Luton Airport peoplemover bridge installed

    2019-12-04T14:49:00Z

    UK: A bridge that will carry the future Luton DART peoplemover over the A1081 road has been slid into place by contractor VolkerFitzpatrick-Kier. The 80 m long, 1 000 tonne structure had been assembled off-site over eight months, and was then moved around 900 m to ...

  • East Coast Trains Ltd
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    East Coast Trains open access recruitment underway

    2019-12-04T05:00:00Z

    UK: FirstGroup subsidiary East Coast Trains Ltd is recruiting a management team for the launch of its planned London – Edinburgh open access services by May 2021. Appointments are expected to be announced early next year, Steve Montgomery, Managing Director of FirstGroup’s First Rail division, told ...

  • PULS railway approved power supplies
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    Power supplies overcome hiccup problems

    2019-12-03T05:00:00Z

    SIGNALLING: PULS Power has obtained Network Rail certification for five of its PULS QS Series DIN-Rail power supplies to be used in signalling equipment in environments not exceeding 95% relative humidity. Three of these feature the PULS Hiccupplus overload protection mode, which the supplier said overcomes ...

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    Nova 2 enters service at last

    2019-12-02T09:37:00Z

    UK: The third new type of train being procured by TransPennine Express under its £500m fleet expansion programme entered passenger service on November 30, when a Class 397 ‘Nova 2’ EMU worked the 08.10 train from Manchester Airport to Edinburgh.

  • Network Rail
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    Network Rail seeks feedback on product acceptance

    2019-12-02T05:00:00Z

    UK: The Railway Industry Association has launched a survey on behalf of Network Rail to find out how the industry views the infrastructure manager’s product acceptance process and to seek suggestions for further improvement. ‘Our product acceptance process is all about ensuring we have safe, compatible, ...

  • The first Siemens Class 444 EMU to be refurbished by the manufacturer under South Western Railway’s £50m Desiro interior upgrade programme has returned to service.
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    FirstGroup amends management structure

    2019-11-29T16:01:00Z

    UK: Ahead of the launch of the West Coast Partnership franchise with Trenitalia on December 8, FirstGroup announced a number of changes to its UK rail leadership team on November 29. With effect from January 6, the current Managing Director of the South Western Railway franchise, ...