All articles by Rail Business UK – Page 9

  • Tom Hopkins Managing Director
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    Railway consultancy announces leadership changes


    UK: Tom Hopkins has been promoted to Managing Director of independent rolling stock, operations and commercial engineering consultancy IPEX Consulting, with founder Malcolm Wilson becoming Chair. IPEX Consulting was established in 2003 and as since undertaken projects in 19 countries, with clients including train operators, transport ...

  • Northern passenger using mobility scooter (Photo TGA Mobility)
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    Northern works with supplier to highlight train-friendly scooters


    UK: Northern is working with wheelchair and scooter supplier TGA Mobility to highlight those mobility scooters which can be taken on its trains. All powerchairs and wheelchairs can be taken on accessible rail services, but only smaller mobility scooters are allowed on trains. Passengers can apply ...

  • Lumo 803001 at Kings Cross 211021 TM06
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    Lumo appoints Service Delivery Director


    UK: Jen Clare has been appointed as Service Delivery Director at FirstGroup’s London to Edinburgh open access operator Lumo. Clare has almost 20 years of railway operations experience, having started her career as a signalling apprentice. Before joining Lumo, she was Head ...

  • Rhino Doors
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    Rhino Doors fulfils UK and international rail contracts


    UK: Specialist engineered door supplier Rhino has moved some manufacturing work from its site in Port Talbot to its Bamber Bridge location to support the completion of current projects in the rail sector. The company is nearing the end of a £1m+ project to design and ...

  • D Gauge
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    TÜV Rheinland acquires railway gauging specialist D/Gauge


    UK: Quality and safety organisation TÜV Rheinland has acquired railway gauging and clearance assessment consultancy D/Gauge, which will be fully integrated into its structure as a subsidiary of TÜV Rheinland UK. TÜV Rheinland said the acquisition was an important foundation for further growth in the rail ...

  • Undergraduates can now apply for one of 30 paid placements on HS2 this summer
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    HS2 placements offer ‘great way to get invaluable industry experience’


    UK: High Speed 2 construction contractor Balfour Beatty Vinci is offering 30 eight-week paid work placements at its sites to undergraduates who live or study in the Midlands The programme, which begins in July, includes opportunities in civil engineering, quantity surveying, design engineering, project controls & ...

  • EMR Class 170 DMU (Photo: EMR)
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    Asking passengers what they want from train interiors


    UK: A report into what passengers want from train interiors has been produced to help inform the proposed refurbishment of Turbostar diesel multiple-units. Built by Bombardier Transportation from the late 1990s, the units are widely deployed by various train operators on regional services across the British ...

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    UK railway news round-up


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

  • TSSA union picket pack
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    TSSA union proposes merger with GMB


    UK: The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association trade union has announced a proposal to merge with its counterpart GMB. In a joint statement on January 10, the two unions said that in response to falling membership levels and financial shortfalls, TSSA had contacted GMB to seek a ...

  • ARS
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    Three Bridges ROC automated route setting commissioned


    UK: Network Rail, Siemens Mobility and Hitachi Information Control Systems commissioned automated route setting at the Three Bridges Rail Operations Centre during December. ‘We are excited to confirm this next step of technology development which will improve train performance by automating route regulation for signallers, reducing ...

  • Damaged CrossCountry train (Photo ORR)
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    Train driver sentenced for Bromsgrove collision


    UK: A train driver who was distracted by a using mobile phone leading to a collision between a DB Cargo locomotive and a passenger train has been sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. He must also undertake 120 h of unpaid work and ...

  • Akiem loco for GBRf (Photo: GBRf)
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    GB Railfreight to lease Akiem locomotives


    UK: GB Railfreight has announced a 10-year deal with leasing company Akiem which will see 11 EMD Class 77 and 66 diesel locomotives transferred from Continental Europe to the UK between January 2023 and May 2024. The locos will be modified for use on the British ...

  • Manchester International depot (2)
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    Manchester International depot modernised to house EMUs


    UK: Spencer Group has completed a £1·8m refurbishment of Manchester International depot to enable it to be used to service and stable Northern’s Class 323 electric multiple-units. The depot was built in the early 1990s as part of the abortive plan to operate Eurostar services from ...

  • ScotRail Class 334 EMU (Photo Eversholt)
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    Eversholt awards Class 334 overhaul contract


    UK: Eversholt Rail has awarded Alstom a £12m contract for the mileage-based overhaul 40 three-car Class 334 electric multiple-units which are leased by ScotRail. The contract announced on January 5 covers the overhaul of pneumatic and electrical components on the Alstom-built 25 kV 50 Hz EMUs, ...

  • Installing track crossing at Holbeck, Leeds (Photo Network Rail)
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


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

  • HS2 box bridge slide across the M42 in Warwickshire
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    HS2 contractors claim world’s longest bridge slide near Birmingham


    UK: HS2 Ltd and contractor Balfour Beatty Vinci completed a milestone in construction of the high speed line on December 24-26 when the Marston Box bridge over the M42 motorway was slid into position northeast of Birmingham.

  • CrossCountry Voyager at Birmingham New Street
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    CrossCountry direct award planned


    UK: The Department for Transport has published a prior information notice which gives it the ability to directly award a contract for the operation of CrossCountry passenger services. The services have been operated by Arriva subsidiary XC Trains Ltd since 2007. The franchise was originally due ...

  • London Waterloo passengers buying tickets (Photo Rail Partners)
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    Government announces 5·9% increase in regulated fares in England


    UK: The government has announced that the annual increase in regulated fares in England is to be capped at 5·9%, 6·4 percentage points lower than the Retail Price Index figure on which they have been historically based. Until the pandemic, fares had been raised in January ...

  • HS2 is searching for 40 talented graduates to join the business this September
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    HS2 Ltd seeks 2023 graduate intake


    UK: High speed line project promoter HS2 Ltd has issued a final call for applications for its 2023 graduate recruitment programme, which starts in September and will offer 40 places across a range of disciplines. The deadline to apply is January 22. HS2 Ltd says the ...

  • Apprentices
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    ‘First class’ apprenticeships open the door to transport careers


    UK: Tyne & Wear transport authority Nexus says it is to maintain its ‘strong track record for apprenticeships’, offering nine positions in 2023. The roles on offer will cover project management, human resources, data science, bus services and metro infrastructure maintenance including overhead electrification and structures. ...