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    Rail Forum Midlands sets out election wish-list


    UK: Regional trade organisation Rail Forum Midlands has published a manifesto setting out what the supply chain would like to see following the general election. It has four key points: a commitment to rail playing a major role in the de-carbonisation and clean air ...

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    Avanti West Coast sets out plans for West Coast franchise


    UK: Avanti West Coast was officially unveiled as the brand name for the new West Coast Partnership franchise on November 27. Joint venture partners FirstGroup and Italian national operator Trenitalia explained that ‘Avanti is Italian for “Forward!” and reflects a mission to deliver an innovative railway ...

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    UK railway news round-up


    LNER has announced ‘the first major change’ to its Hitachi Azuma fleet, with additional floor mounted racks for large items of luggage to replace some non-reservable seats on the nine-car trainsets in the new year. ‘We’re pleased to be able to respond to customer feedback by ...

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    Losing Track


    Subtitled ‘an insider’s story of Britain’s railway transformation from British Rail to the present day’, this ‘semi-autobiographical’ book by John Nelson reflects on how Britain’s passenger railway has evolved over the past 50 years, with a view to informing the current Williams Review into the future ...

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    Paragon fleet supports Hull Trains’ ambition to be the ‘greatest train operator’


    UK: ‘My vision is that Hull Trains will be the greatest train operator in the UK’, Managing Director Louise Cheeseman told Railway Gazette International at the unveiling of the open access operator’s first Hitachi AT300 trainset on November 25. ‘Other operators will come and look ...

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    TransPennine Express launches Nova fleet


    UK: Marking the completion of a £500m investment programme, TransPennine Express formally launched its new fleet of 44 Nova trainsets with an event at Liverpool Lime Street station on November 22. Working with different leasing companies and manufacturers, the FirstGroup-operated franchise has procured three builds of ...

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    Train toilet bioreactor on test


    UK: What supplier Protec says is the first bioreactor train toilet in the UK is being tested in service on a Class 334 electric multiple-unit which ScotRail leases from Eversholt Rail. The bioreactor uses bacteria to break down waste while the train is running, with a ...

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    Greater Anglia rolls out disabled-led accessibility training


    UK: All 2 500 of Greater Anglia’s frontline staff are to receive accessibility awareness training delivered by a team of trainers who have disabilities themselves. The team was put together by consultant Sarah Rennie, who said the trainers would ‘bring a level of lived experience into ...

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    Business Travel Association sets out investment priorities


    UK: The Business Travel Association has published a pre-election wish-list of its long-term infrastructure investment priorities. For the rail sector, this includes delivering High Speed 2 ‘as currently planned with no reductions in rail links or service provision’, Northern Powerhouse Rail ‘to improve connectivity across the ...

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    UK railway news round-up


    The Freight Transport Association has called on the government to secure the future of High Speed 2 and reassure businesses of its commitment to infrastructure investment. ‘FTA and its members are excited about the prospect of HS2 and what it can deliver for the logistics industry. ...

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    Sunday service ‘revolution’ coming to Wales


    UK: Transport for Wales has announced a ‘Sunday railway revolution’, with the December timetable change due to bring a 40% increase in services as a step towards ‘a truly seven-day railway.’ The 186 additional services will include increased frequencies on the Valley Lines, the introduction of ...

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    Rail Industry Ambassadors wanted


    UK: The Young Rail Professionals networking and educational association is recruiting volunteer Rail Industry Ambassadors to visit schools, colleges, universities and career fairs to raise awareness of the ‘fantastic’ career opportunities available within the rail industry. Ambassadors are sought from all levels of the industry, from ...

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    Fire-damaged Saxmundham station to be rebuilt


    UK: Greater Anglia has obtained planning approval to restore the main building at Saxmundham station, which lost its second floor, roof and chimneys in a fire in February 2018. Work will start early next year to remodel the structure as a single-storey building incorporating an ...

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    Arup and AHR to design Siemens Mobility’s Goole plant


    UK: Siemens Mobility has appointed Arup and architects AHR to design its £200m rolling stock manufacturing and commissioning plant at Goole in East Yorkshire. The 42 ha Goole 36 site is close to the M62 motorway. Siemens plans to have 80 000 m 2 ...

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    Opinsta develops custom apps for Virgin Trains


    UK: Opinsta has worked with Virgin Trains to develop a defect reporting app which front line staff can use to log any technical problems with the Alstom Pendolino and Bombardier Transportation Voyager trainsets for review by maintenance teams and asset management systems. The app also provides ...

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    South Western Railway Class 701 Aventra suburban EMU unveiled


    ‘The new Class 701 trains will transform journeys for our customers with benefits including onboard wi-fi, at-seat charging points, real-time information screens, air-conditioning, wide gangways and wide doors to improve the ease of boarding and alighting’, said SWR Engineering Director Neil Drury.

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    Midland Main Line electrification mast production reaches half way stage


    UK: Worksop Galvanizing is using what it says is the largest acid bath in the UK as part of the process of applying the protective coating to components for the 25 kV 50 Hz electrification support structures which are being installed between Bedford and Corby. ...

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    HS1 awards fibre networking concession


    UK: Wholesale and custom fibre broadband infrastructure provider Nextgenaccess Ltd has agreed an exclusive 20-year concession enabling it to deploy fibres along High Speed 1 between London and Channel Tunnel. The company said this would provide the shortest fibre route to connect with interntional networks via ...

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    Strong field for 22nd Rail Business Awards


    UK: More than 50 companies and organisations representing many different aspects of the UK rail sector have been shortlisted for the 22nd Rail Business Awards.

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    UK railway news round-up


    UK news 2 An agreement has been reached with the Department for Transport for LNER HST sets to be temporarily cascaded to East Midlands Railway . The sets were refurbished in 2016, and a new information system will be fitted before they ...