All articles by Rail Business UK

  • Keadby sliding bridge work (Photo Network Rail)
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    Renewals at Network Rail’s only sliding bridge


    UK: Network Rail has completed a nine-day programme of engineering work at its only sliding bridge, which carries the route from Scunthorpe to Doncaster over the Stainforth & Keadby canal and moves to let boats through. The project completed on February 26 included track renewals and ...

  • West Midlands Railway Birmingham Moor Street DMU (Photo Tony Miles)
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    Midlands Rail Hub planning funded confirmed


    UK: The government has confirmed an initial £123m of funding for the £1·75bn Midlands Rail Hub programme to enhance east-west connections in the Midlands. The money announced on February 29 is intended to support the preparation of detailed designs for the infrastructure works, and the finalisation ...

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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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    Short-haul shuttle trains could get lorries off Los Angeles roads


    USA: A rail shuttle to an inland container terminal within 240 km of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach could carry 3·1 million TEU/year, according to reports Anacostia Rail Holdings commissioned from Oliver Wyman and Leachman & Associates. A further opportunity exists for up ...

  • Lumo at London King's Cross (Photo Lumo)
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    Lumo plans to extend open access services to Glasgow


    UK: Open access train operator Lumo is has announced plans to extend some of its London – Edinburgh services to Glasgow. The FirstGroup-owned company is working with Transport Scotland and infrastructure manager Network Rail to agree final route options and timings ahead of an application for ...

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    Transport Committee invites feedback on draft rail reform bill


    Source: Mary R Smith/Pixabay UK: The House of Commons Transport Select Committee has launched its pre-legislative scrutiny of the government’s draft Rail Reform Bill, inviting experts to share their views. The Committee will examine the draft bill’s proposals and make recommendations to the government on how ...

  • BSL station annoucement at Weeton (Photo Northern)
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    Northern uses AI to trial British Sign Language announcements


    UK: Train operator Northern is working with InfoTec and Signapse to test the use of AI to provide onboard announcements in British Sign Language. The software combines individual words signed by a BSL interpreter to display complete sentences on the information screens. The initial trials involve ...

  • Passengers at London Euston station walking up the ramp from platforms to the concourse (Photo Network Rail)
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    Rail demand to exceed capacity under any scenario, says Steer


    UK: Rail passenger numbers will grow steadily even under the most pessimistic scenarios and could double by 2050, according to research undertaken by consultancy Steer for the Railway Industry Association. Passenger volumes could grow between at least 37% and nearly 100% up to 2050, when compared ...

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    Excellence recognised as Rail Business Awards come to Manchester


    UK: Four awards related to modernisation of the Tyne & Wear Metro and recognition of the success of the Elizabeth Line in London were highlights of the 26th Rail Business Awards, held for the first time in Manchester on February 22.

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    Steve Murphy to leave MTR UK


    UK: MTR UK Chief Executive Steve Murphy is to leave ‘to pursue other career goals’, Hong Kong-based transport group MTR Corp announced on February 23. Murphy’s last working day will be March 29. The process of appointing a new CEO has begun, and the MTR Elizabeth ...

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    Business travel technology partnership


    UK: Ticket agent International Rail is to partner with the Business Travel Association to look at ‘the simplest, most efficient and most cost-effective ways’ to use technology to meet rail travel needs. ‘As travel becomes increasingly reliant on technology, International Rail’s expertise and our extensive base ...

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    Rail training academy to develop local skills


    UK: The Transport, Rail & Infrastructure Academy developed by City of Wolverhampton College and National Infrastructure Solutions was officially opened by Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street on February 20. The academy at the Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation’s Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre ...

  • New cleaning walkways at Grove Park (Photo Southeastern)
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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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    Porterbrook takes stake in Brodie Engineering


    UK: Rolling stock leasing and asset management company Porterbrook has agreed to take a 49% stake in Brodie Engineering, which specialises in the heavy maintenance, refurbishment and overhaul of passenger and freight vehicles. Brodie Engineering was established in 1996 and now has two sites in Kilmarnock, ...

  • Palace of Westminster (Photo Steve Bidmead, Pixabay)
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    UK government publishes Draft Rail Reform Bill


    UK: The government has published its Draft Rail Reform Bill, to give parliamentarians and the industry an opportunity to provide feedback. Legislation is needed to implement the government’s rail reform proposals, including the creation of Great British Railways. However, a bill is unlikely to pass before ...

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    Amex GBT to sell wider array of National Rail products


    UK: American Express Global Business Travel has obtained a Travel Agent Licence from the Rail Delivery Group. This enables Amex GBT to sell a wider array of National Rail products to corporate customers, with responsibility for sales, refunds and customer care. Amex GBT will participate in ...

  • Passengers boarding a TPE train (Photo TransPennine Express)
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    Procurement of new TransPennine Express trains to learn lessons from past


    UK: TransPennine Express has confirmed more details of the trainsets which are to be ordered under the procurement process which was launched following the confirmation of the latest £3·9bn tranche of funding for the Transpennine Route Upgrade programme. Expressions of interest were invited in December, and ...

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    Five point Manifesto for Rail launched by Rail Partners


    UK: Rail Partners has published a Manifesto for Rail, ahead of the general election which must occur within the next 12 months. The document sets out five key points which the association of train operator owning groups believes are essential to stabilising the UK rail sector: ...

  • ScotRail Class 334 EMU (Photo Eversholt)
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    UK urged to join Eurofima to facilitate access to cheaper rolling stock finance


    UK: Eurofima is urging British policymakers to sign its convention, which would facilitate UK rail organisations’ access to cheaper funding for rolling stock and other equipment.

  • Elizabeth line Class 345 Aventra
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    Tokyo Metro amongst bidders for Elizabeth Line operating contract


    UK: Transport for London has shortlisted four bidders for the next concession to operate services on the cross-city Elizabeth Line. They are: Arriva UK Trains; First Keolis Elizabeth Line, a joint venture of FirstGroup and Keolis; GTS Rail Operations, a joint venture of Go-Ahead Group, ...