All articles by Rail Business UK – Page 8

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    Orange rail tickets get greener


    UK: Magnetic stripe ticket manufacturer Paragon ID says it has reduced the environmental impact of production by 87% by switching from a solvent-based process to a water-based one. This follows a two-year project in partnership with the Rail Delivery Group and investment of £230 000. A ...

  • Manchester Piccadilly cancellations (Photo Tony Miles)
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    Rail regulator calls for passenger-friendly approach to short-notice train cancellations


    UK: Train operators need to introduce a more passenger-friendly and transparent ways of working when making late changes to services, according to industry regulator the Office of Rail & Road. Currently ‘pre-cancellations’ made via a process known as ‘p-coding’ can be confirmed up to 22.00 the ...

  • Forth Bridge
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    Scottish HLOS and SoFA submitted to ORR


    UK: The Scottish government’s High-Level Output Specification and Statement of Funds Available for Control Period 7 was submitted to the Office of Rail & Road on January 27. Initial publication of the HLOS and SoFA for the period from April 1 2024 to March 31 2029 ...

  • Accrington & Rossendale College has installed a section of track for use as part of a railway maintenance and repair course which is designed to fast-track unemployed people aged 19+ into ‘well-paid, skilled careers for life’.
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    Training for ‘well-paid, skilled careers’ in rail


    UK: Accrington & Rossendale College has installed a section of track for use as part of a railway maintenance and repair course which is designed to fast-track unemployed people aged 19+ into ‘well-paid, skilled careers for life’. The course runs Monday to Friday over an eight-week ...

  • Aerial view of HS2's London Euston station site
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    Government ‘committed to delivering HS2 to Manchester’


    UK: The government is committed to building High Speed 2 through to London Euston rather than terminating it short at Old Oak Common, according to Chancellor Jeremy Hunt. ‘I don’t see any conceivable circumstance in which that would not end up at Euston’, he told the ...

  • Beaulieu Park station impression
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    Beaulieu Park station initial works contract awarded


    UK: J Murphy & Sons Ltd has been awarded the first of two contracts for construction of the future Beaulieu Park station on the Great Eastern Main Line near Chelmsford. The £37·8m enabling works contract announced on January 24 has been awarded by Network Rail on ...

  • Govia Thameslink Rail, Passenger Transport Operative, Mehmet Pacaci
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    UK railway news round-up


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

  • 1st Class 777 service trains second arrivat at Kirkby 230123 TM05
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    Merseyrail’s custom-designed Class 777 EMUs enter service


    UK: Rail Business UK  travels on the first passenger service operated by Merseyrail’s custom-built Stadler Class 777 electric multiple-units to see a revised method of operation and hear about Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s plans for ‘putting the public back into public transport’.

  • Avanti West Coast Pendolino at Stockport (Photo Tony Miles)
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    Avanti West Coast required to produce improved timetable recovery plan


    UK: The Office of Rail & Road has told Avanti West Coast to submit an improved timetable production recovery plan by February 2. The regulator said Avanti had initially made reasonable progress against its September 2022 recovery plan, but the position had deteriorated in 2023 with ...

  • Station in Wales
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    Wales & Western region framework contracts awarded


    UK: Network Rail’s Wales & Western region has awarded six framework contracts for infrastructure works in Control Period 7 (2024-29), with options to extend to a total of eight years. ContractContractor Wales and Western Electrification and plant AmcoGiffen Wales ...

  • tickets
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    Penalty fares increase substantially


    UK: Penalty fares in England and Wales have been increased to a £100 surcharge plus the price of a full single fare for the passenger’s journey on that train. The penalty is reduced to £50 if paid within 21 days. People who fail to pay the ...

  • TransPennine Express Class 802 on newly wired section of TRU under diesel power (Photo: Tony Miles)
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    From aircraft carriers to the Transpennine Route Upgrade


    UK: Network Rail has announced the appointment of Neil Holm as Managing Director of the Transpennine Route Upgrade programme. He has been Programme Director for the project since January 2021. Before that was with BAE Systems as Programme Director for aircraft carrier ...

  • GBRf trains
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    Mentoring programme launched to develop rail freight skills


    UK: The Rail Freight Group trade association has launched a cross-member mentoring scheme to develop skills across the sector and support individual personal development. The programme is open to anyone working in an RFG member company. Participants will be matched with mentors from different organisations who ...

  • Varamis Rail Class 321
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    Varamis Rail launches regular express light freight service


    UK: Varamis Rail has launched a 160 km/h express freight service between Glasgow and Birmingham International using a converted electric multiple-unit. The service is targeted at express parcels and third-party delivery companies seeking next day delivery of consumer goods. Consignments arriving at the Glasgow hub by ...

  • Transport for Wales Stadler Citylink tram-train (1)
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    Rail projects allocated ‘levelling up’ funding


    UK: Cardiff Crossrail and the Mid-Cornwall Metro are amongst 29 transport projects allocated a total of £672m as part of £2·1bn of government funding for ‘levelling up’ schemes.

  • Northern Intelligent Trains concept train 150136 at Manchester Victoria (Photo: Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Northern unveils Intelligent Train for in-service infrastructure monitoring


    UK: Rail Business UK joins a demonstration run of a diesel multiple-unit which has been equipped to undertake infrastructure monitoring while in passenger service.

  • Zoe Lyons
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    Zoe Lyons to host 25th Rail Business Awards


    UK: The 25th annual Rail Business Awards will take place at London’s Hilton on Park Lane hotel on February 23. The gala evening will be hosted by Zoe Lyons, who was nominated for the Comedy Award Best Newcomer after her first Edinburgh Festival show. Lyons’ natural ...

  • Kirton Lindsey (Photo Independent Brigg Line Rail Group)
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


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

  • Merseyrail Stadler EMU at InnoTrans 2022 (12)
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    Introduction of Merseyrail Class 777 EMUs ‘just days away’


    UK: ‘The time has finally arrived — our new trains are now just days away’, said Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram when he announced that Merseyrail’s Stadler Class 777 EMUs are expected to enter service on January 23. Rotheram’s announcement on January 18 came after ...

  • Mike Bagshaw has been appointed as the next Managing Director of MTR Elizabeth Line.
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    MTR Elizabeth Line appoints Managing Director


    UK: Mike Bagshaw has been appointed as the next Managing Director of MTR Elizabeth Line. Current Managing Director Nigel Holness is to step down in early February, remaining with MTR and focusing on developing future business opportunities. Holness said he had achieved the ‘extraordinary career highlight’ ...