All articles by Rail Business UK – Page 2

  • London Northwestern Railway Class 730 at Crewe (Photo Tony Miles)
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    West Midlands Trains proposes Manchester to London service


    UK: West Midlands Trains has announced plans to extend its existing West Coast Main Line services to create a Manchester – London route.

  • London Overground operating concessionaire Arriva Rail London is to test technology that translates digital passenger information into British Sign Language which can be accessed through a smart device via a personalised digital avatar.
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    Sign language translation to be tested at London Overground stations


    UK: London Overground operating concessionaire Arriva Rail London is to test technology that translates digital passenger information into British Sign Language which can be accessed through a smart device via a personalised digital avatar. The Luna platform supplied by GoMedia uses translation technology from Signapse. Trials ...

  • GBRf 66781 leaves Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station
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    GBRf runs final UK power station coal train


    UK: GB Railfreight operated what is expected to be the final coal train to a British power station on June 28, delivering fuel from the port of Immingham to Ratcliffe-on-Soar in Nottinghamshire. The service carried what is scheduled to be the last shipment to Uniper’s Ratcliffe-on-Soar ...

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    Heathrow Express access rights extended


    UK: Heathrow Express announced on June 24 that it had secured a track access agreement covering its non-stop services between London Paddington and the airport terminals until June 2028.

  • Refurbished Class 458_4
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    UK railway news round-up


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

  • Avanti Evero 805011 at Crewe on driver training run TM17
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    Avanti West Coast bi-modes are quick off the mark


    UK: Rail Business UK takes a ride in the cab of one of the Class 805 electro-diesel trainsets now entering traffic with Avanti West Coast.

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    Big Rail Diversity Challenge seeks to drive change


    UK: Companies from across the UK’s rail industry came together at Newark Showground on June 19 to take part in this year’s Big Rail Diversity Challenge.

  • Caledonian Sleeper_City Guides
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    Flipside redesigns Caledonian Sleeper website


    UK: Night train operator Caledonian Sleeper has worked with digital agency Flipside to make its website more user-friendly. Matterport’s 360 technology has been used to provide virtual tours of the trains, and Recite Me has enhanced the site’s accessibility with customisable background colour, font style, ...

  • Freightliner Class 66 to be fitted with ETCS (Photo Freightliner)
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    In-house ETCS installation for Class 66 variant


    UK: Freightliner and Siemens Mobility are to undertake the first-in-class retrofitting of ETCS equipment to a Class 66V, a variant of the widely-used EMD Class 66 diesel locomotive family. A DB Cargo UK Class 66 has previously been retrofitted with ETCS at Progress Rail’s site in ...

  • Veezu and Seatfrog (Photo Veezu)
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    Train ticket and taxi apps link up


    UK: Rail ticketing app Seatfrog and private hire taxi platform Veezu have announced a strategic partnership to link train journey and taxi network data. Passengers will be able to book taxi rides connected automatically to their rail departure and arrival times, so they can step out ...

  • Mark Mason (Photo CRS)
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    Civil Rail Solutions secures £3m funding for growth


    UK: Labour supply business Civil Rail Solutions has secured a £3m funding line with independent SME funder Bibby Financial Services. Confidential Invoice Discounting provides a company with prepayment against invoices, and CRS said the funding line would enable it to meet increased industry demand for ...

  • Dispatching a train at London Bridge station (Photo Southeastern)
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


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

  • Avanti West Coast Pendolino 390155 on Docker Viaduct (Photo AWC)
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    Avanti West Coast introduces through ticketing to Keswick


    UK: Avanti West Coast has added Stagecoach bus services X4 and X5 between Penrith and Keswick to its journey planner and introduced through tickets for the rail fare plus £2. Launched in partnership with Cumbria Tourism, the scheme is intended to encourage visitors to the Lake ...

  • Telent TPCMS jpg
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    Latest version of traction power supply SCADA commissioned


    UK: The latest version of Telent’s Traction Power Centralised Management System has been commissioned at Raynes Park in south London. Telent said this marked a milestone in delivering a national SCADA platform for Network Rail’s traction power supplies. It followed testing at the Manchester and Three ...

  • Quattro ex TXM machine (Photo Quattro)
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    Quattro Plant acquires 130 road-rail vehicles


    UK: On-track plant provider Quattro Plant Ltd has acquired 130 road-rail vehicles from the former TXM Plant, which went into administration in January. ‘These additional machines will help us fulfil some of the years of work Quattro has ahead of us’, said Quattro Managing Director John ...

  • UB Infrastructure building
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    Aluminium cladding saves leaking TfL building


    UK: To meet Transport for London’s need to upgrade a lineside electrical switch box, UB Infrastructure devised a way to clad the existing building in aluminium panels which were fabricated off-site by ADS Laser Cutting and installed by Walker Construction. The building had experienced water ingress ...

  • Rail Forum Made in Britain campaign
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    ‘Made in Britain’ rail manufacturing campaign launches


    UK: Supply chain association Rail Forum has launched a ‘Made in Britain’ social media initiative to provide an opportunity for its members that are involved in manufacturing to highlight their capability, capacity and processes. The campaign running from June 17 to July 17 is the first ...

  • Elizabeth line Class 345 Aventra
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    Order for extra Elizabeth Line trains confirmed


    UK: Alstom has signed a contract to supply and maintain a further 10 nine-car Class 345 Aventra electric multiple-units for London’s Elizabeth Line. The £220·5m order is being funded by the Department for Transport, with Transport for London contracting for maintenance until 2046 which takes the ...

  • Palace of Westminster
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    Railway Industry Association welcomes rail’s presence in election manifestos


    UK: ‘It is good to see rail featuring strongly within the political party election manifesto plans this week’, commented Railway Industry Association Chief Executive Darren Caplan on June 14 after the main political parties had published their policy documents. ‘This prominence reflects the importance of UK ...

  • Freightliner 66503 with containers[1][1][1]
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    ‘Delivered by Rail Freight’ campaign highlights how everyone benefits


    UK: The Rail Freight Group has launched a ‘Delivered by Rail Freight’ campaign emphasising the sector’s critical role in transporting essential goods. RFG is calling on the next government to make a number of targeted interventions, explaining that funding the electrification of 100 km of connecting ...