All articles by Rail Business UK

  • Dr Francis Cowe, USW, Matthew Tucker, Coleg y Cymoedd, Louise Pennell, USW
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    Railway engineering degree apprenticeship announced


    UK: The University of South Wales and Coleg y Cymoedd have announced a railway engineering degree apprenticeship programme. The four-year course will give apprentices the opportunity to gain a university-accredited engineering degree. The first course will start in January 2024, and it will then run annually ...

  • Palace of Westminster
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    Rail leaders court Labour as fears of ‘managed decline’ grow


    UK: Amid mounting concern about potential cuts to rail provision, senior leaders in the passenger and freight markets have begun to engage more closely with the Labour Party ahead of a likely general election in 2024.

  • HS2
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    Rail suppliers and unions call for clarity on High Speed 2


    UK: Ahead of the Conservative party conference on October 1-4 the Railway Industry Association has set out ‘key asks’ to provided clarity on the future of the rail industry, while trade unions have called for a High Speed 2 project summit. Industry asks Supply industry association ...

  • NR and SVR in Kidderminster signal box
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    Heritage railway to support Network Rail training


    UK: Network Rail’s Central Route has signed a memorandum of understanding with the heritage Severn Valley Railway for support, training and facilities to help its staff operate and maintain traditional technology such as mechanical signalling. In return NR will provide professional skills, advice and redundant materials ...

  • Artists impression of a HS2 train
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    UK railway news round-up


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

  • Colas HVO crane
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    Colas Rail trials HVO fuel for a loco, crane and tampers


    UK: Colas Rail is trialling the use of hydrotreated vegetable oil as a more sustainable alternative to diesel for fuelling a Class 56 freight locomotive, four tampers and a Kirow crane. HVO is produced from cooking oils and animal fats, which Colas Rail says can reduce ...

  • Rail 200 programme logo
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    Railway 200 looks to the future as well as the past


    UK: Inspiring the next generation will be a key focus for a year-long programme of events being planned to mark the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Stockton & Darlington Railway on September 27 1825. That event is described as ‘the birth of passenger train ...

  • Work to extend the platforms and install improved lighting and CCTV at Dhu Varren and University stations on NI Railways’ Portrush branch has been completed
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    Portrush branch platforms lengthened


    UK: Work to extend the platforms and install improved lighting and CCTV at Dhu Varren and University stations on NI Railways’ Portrush branch has been completed ready for the start of the new term at Ulster University. The enhancements have been funded by the Department for ...

  • Northern train interior
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    Northern to trial British Sign Language announcements


    UK: Train operator Northern is looking for charities, organisations or specialists who could help it to provide British Sign Language interpretation of its onboard announcements. A trial is planned on services between Manchester Victoria and Leeds by the end of the year. ‘We know that rail ...

  • St Pancras station strike sign
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    Transport Committee sets out criteria for regulations on minimum service levels during rail strikes


    UK: The House of Commons Transport Committee has published a report outlining what it says the government should include in future regulations requiring railway companies to provide minimum service levels during strikes. The Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Act became law earlier this year, but details of ...

  • Mal Cowgill, Principal and CEO of CoWC and Neil Fulton, CEO of BCIMO
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    Infrastructure training to be offered at Very Light Rail centre


    UK: City of Wolverhampton College and its training partner National Infrastructure Solutions have taken over space at the Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation’s Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre in Dudley.

  • Global Infrastructure Group
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    RSK expands UK and Ireland rail capabilities with acquisition


    EUROPE: RSK has acquired Global Infrastructure Group, a principal contractor providing rail and other transport engineering services in the UK and Ireland. Managing Directors Marco Lombardelli and Stephen O’Brien will continue to lead Global Infrastructure Group, which has more than 350 engineers, managers and multi-skilled operatives, ...


    Polish FRMCS testing letter of intent signed


    POLAND: A letter of intent for the implementation and testing of the Future Railway Mobile Communication System in Poland has been signed by Alstom, Ericsson, NetWorks and rail research organisation Instytut Kolejnictwa. The signatories plans to engage in joint research and development, verify requirements under real-world ...

  • LNER trains and passengers at London King's Cross station
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    LNER has improved access for disabled passengers, says equalities watchdog


    UK: The Equality & Human Rights Commission says LNER has taken steps to improve access for disabled passengers, following a legal challenge from a visually impaired customer who received inadequate support and assistance while travelling. EHRC and LNER entered into an Equality Act 2010 Section 23 ...

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    UK railway news round-up


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

  • Rail Partners with Ukraine event
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    British railway family comes together to back Ukraine’s railways


    EUROPE: Senior figures from across the UK rail sector came together at the Rail Partners with Ukraine event to hear how national railway Ukrzaliznytsia is keeping trains running under wartime conditions, and to raise money to fund food parcels for Ukrainian railway workers and their families. ...

  • CrossCountry Voyager
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    Voyager transfer anticipated as CrossCountry gets National Rail Contract


    UK: The Department for Transport has directly awarded Arriva UK Trains a National Rail Contract to continue to operate CrossCountry long-distance passenger services. The contract announced on September 19 succeeds a unique Operating Cost Franchise Agreement which DfT entered into in October 2020 during the pandemic. ...

  • Avanti West Coast Pendolino at Manchester Piccadilly (Photo Tony Miles)
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    National Rail Contract aims to enable Avanti West Coast to plan ahead


    UK: The Department for Transport has awarded the Avanti West Coast joint venture of FirstGroup (70%) and Trenitalia UK (30%) a further National Rail Contract to continue to operate West Coast Main Line inter-city passenger services from the expiry of its current agreement on October 15. ...

  • Transpennine Route Upgrade first wired section E1 Wires ending at automatic tensioning devices (Photo Tony Miles)
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    Research expertise used to optimise Transpennine Route Upgrade designs


    UK: The University of Huddersfield’s Institute of Railway Research is providing specialised pantograph-catenary interaction and vehicle dynamics expertise to optimise designs for the Transpennine Route Upgrade programme. The IRR has worked with Network Rail, J Murphy & Sons, Siemens, Systra and VolkerRail to produce a three-dimensional ...

  • Chris Jackson, Managing Director
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    Chris Jackson confirmed as TransPennine Managing Director


    UK: Chris Jackson was confirmed as Managing Director of TransPennine Express operating company TransPennine Trains with effect from September 14. He had been holding the role on an interim basis since TPE operations were transferred to the government’s public sector owning group DfT OLR Holdings Ltd ...