All articles by Rail Business UK – Page 12

  • CPTPP map
    Rail Business UK

    RIA believes Trans-Pacific Partnership could be positive for rail exporters


    UK: The UK joining the Comprehensive & Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership could be positive news for railway suppliers, according to the Railway Industry Association. On March 31 the government announced that agreement had been reached for the UK to join the CPTPP later this year. ...

  • Siemens WTS
    Rail Business UK

    Kingmoor resignalling contract awarded


    UK: Network Rail has awarded Siemens Mobility a £41·4m contract to undertake the Kingmoor resignalling scheme covering a section of the West Coast Main Line to the north of Carlisle. Siemens is to supply its Trackguard Westlock computer-based interlocking and Westrace Trackside System, designed in York ...

  • TSSA union picket pack
    Rail Business UK

    TSSA union pauses merger discussions


    UK: The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association trade union has ‘paused’ discussions over a possible merger with the GMB or any other potential partner for the foreseeable future. The two unions had revealed in January that TSSA was seeking a merger with the much larger GMB, in ...

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    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


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

  • TfW Flirt naming ceremony
    Rail Business UK

    Transport for Wales launches Class 231 Flirt DMUs


    UK: Transport for Wales officially launched its fleet of Stadler Flirt Class 231 diesel multiple-units into revenue service with a ceremony at Caerphilly on March 29, at which unit 231001 was named ‘Sultan’. Ordered from Stadler as part of a £800m fleet replacement programme, the 11 ...

  • UK Pavillion at InnoTrans 2022
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    Eight recommendations to improve UK rail exports


    UK: The Railway Industry Association has submitted a series of recommendations to the International Trade Select Committee setting out how it believes the government can grow rail exports. The committee is holding an inquiry examining the current situation for exporters, the government support offered, and how ...

  • Northern train with NHS thank you message
    Rail Business UK

    Northern offers 25% discount for key workers


    UK: Northern has worked with employee discounts and benefits company Network to offer a 25% discount on its Advance tickets for NHS workers, carers, teachers and staff working for registered charities. NHS workers can book via the Health Service Discounts website, carers via Discounts for Carers, ...

  • Impression of UKRL shed
    Rail Business UK

    Work begins on Leicester loco facility


    UK: Construction of a £1·5m locomotive maintenance shed has begun at rolling stock engineering company UK Rail Leasing Ltd’s Leicester site. The facility is scheduled to be completed this year and to open in early 2024, enabling UKRL to maintain a variety of locomotive classes and ...

  • Enerpac RP70a rail stressor
    Rail Business UK

    Lightweight rail stressing kit gets Network Rail approval


    UK: Enerpac has obtained Network Rail approval for its RP-70A hydraulic rail stressor and ZC3-Series battery powered stressing pump, which are designed to be easier to transport and assemble and up to three times lighter than similar tools. The kit is designed for railway maintenance crews ...

  • Bee Network Livery
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    Manchester buzzing to put rail into its Bee Network


    Greater Manchester Transport Commissioner Vernon Everitt tells Rail Business UK how rail services could be better integrated with other public transport in the conurbation under the recently agreed Trailblazer devolution deal.

  • TfW Class 158 DMU crossing Barmouth Viaduct (Photo Network Rail, Dom Vacher)
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


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

  • New gates guarding Green Lane level crossing in Knaresborough
    Rail Business UK

    Passcode-protected gate reduces railway trespass


    UK: Network Rail has worked with local authorities to install a passcode-protected electrically-powered gate to stop illegal use of the Green Lane crossing in Knaresborough while still allowing specific people access to their private land. NR worked with Harrogate Borough Council to make the gate a ...

  • Derby has been selected to host the national headquarters of Great British Railways
    Rail Business UK

    Derby selected as Great British Railways headquarters


    UK: Derby has been selected to host the national headquarters of Great British Railways, with the Department for Transport saying it had come top in both the assessment process and the public vote. There were 42 expressions of interest in being the home of GBR, and ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Independent train ticket retailers call for level playing field


    UK: Attracting new customers to rail requires ‘simplifying ticketing, creating a level playing field that encourages competition, and embracing the private sector to drive down costs’, Chair of the Independent Rail Retailers association Alistair Lees has told the All-Party Parliamentary Rail Group. On March 13, MPs ...

  • St Pancras station strike sign
    Rail Business UK

    RMT members accept Network Rail offer to end strikes


    UK: The RMT union’s National Executive has announced the end of the trade dispute with Network Rail, after members voted to accept the latest offer covering pay, jobs and conditions. The result announced on March 20 was a 76:24 vote in favour of accepting the offer, ...

  • Avanti West Coast Pendolino at Stockport (Photo Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Avanti West Coast contract extended and Managing Director appointed


    UK: Avanti West Coast must continue to regain the confidence of passengers before decisions on its future are made, the Department for Transport said when it announced a six-month extension of the inter-city operator’s contract. The West Coast Partnership contract covers the operation of inter-city services ...

  • DB Cargo UK Class 60 Toton load bank testing
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    Diesel and HVO locomotive fuel compared directly


    UK: DB Cargo UK has used a load bank at Toton depot to directly compare the performance and emissions from a Class 60 diesel locomotive when fuelled by hydrotreated vegetable oil and by conventional diesel. A purpose-built exhaust extension tube was fitted to the locomotive to ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Harry Needle Railway Co secures funding for expansion plans


    UK: Harry Needle Railway Co has secured £2m in funding from Frontier Development Capital to support a £6·2m plan to expand its engineering capabilities and modify locomotives to lower emissions. The funding is from FDC’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative Recycled Fund, which aims to help ...

  • Peter Pendle
    Rail Business UK

    TSSA appoints Interim (joint) General Secretary to implement review recommendations


    UK: Peter Pendle has been appointed Interim (joint) General Secretary to help lead the TSSA union in the aftermath of publication of two reports into the organisation’s working culture following a series of scandals. A change management team is also being introduced. Pendle took up the ...

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    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


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