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    Eastern region gets newt licence


    UK: In what Network Rail says is an industry first, Natural England has granted the infrastructure manager a licence for the relocation of great crested newts which covers the whole of the Eastern Region. This removes the need for individual licence applications covering routine work, and ...

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    LNER seeks smarter and more accessible ticket machines


    UK: LNER is exploring the potential to deploy multi-functional ticket machines that could meet a wider range of user needs, including the provision of real-time information, improved accessibility, and alignment with the operator’s smart ticketing ambitions. The operator’s in-station ticket vending machine contract is coming up ...

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    Solar power to cover 15% of Network Rail’s non-traction needs


    UK: Network Rail has signed an agreement for EDF Renewables UK to make 49·9 MW of solar energy capacity available to power offices, depots and stations, meeting around 15% of the infrastructure manager’s annual non-traction energy requirements. The power will be generated at a solar farm ...

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    UK railway news round-up


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

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    ScotRail aims to eliminate diesel trains in three-stage fleet renewal plan


    UK: ScotRail is developing plans to withdraw all of its diesel trains as part of a programme to replace 65% of its fleet in 2027-35. The fleet renewal plans involves replacing around 675 vehicles of various types as their leases expire and it becomes uneconomical to ...

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    Wabtec opens first European Transit Performance Optimisation Centre in Derby


    UK: Porterbrook will be the first UK rail customer to use a Transit Performance Optimisation Centre which Wabtec has opened in Derby as part of its expansion into asset analytics and condition monitoring to support predictive maintenance. Wabtec already operates four Global Performance Optimisation Centres in ...

  • Station navigation app for visually impaired passengers on test at SWR
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    Station navigation app for visually impaired passengers on test


    UK: South Western Railway is trialling the myEyes app, which provides audio directions to help guide people with sight loss from a station entrance to assisted boarding points on platforms where they can get help to board the train. The myEyes app was developed by iKi ...

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    Controversy as Avanti West Coast announces timetable cuts


    UK: Avanti West Coast has triggered considerable anger amongst trade unions with its use of the phrase ‘unofficial strike action’ to describe the refusal of staff to work on their rest days.

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    Mandy Rail wins wagon fleet contract


    UK: Mandy Rail has won its first long-term contract to maintain a wagon fleet, covering 50 IIA hoppers which are owned by leasing company VTG Rail UK and operate from the port of Tyne.

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    City regions want formal role in rail reform


    UK: City regions have been sidelined in the government’s plans for rail reform, according to the Urban Transport Group of transport authorities, which has called for them to be given a statutory role in managing and developing the rail network. UTG said it welcomed many of the ...

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    High Speed 1 renewals concerns raised


    UK: The Office of Rail & Road has expressed concern over how high speed rail infrastructure concessionaire HS1 Ltd is managing asset renewals. ORR’s annual operational and financial performance assessment of HS1 Ltd for the year to March 31 2022 found a good safety record and ...

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    National Train Control Systems framework aims to develop UK signalling market


    UK: Network Rail is planning to establish a multi-supplier National Train Control Systems framework for the delivery of major enhancements and renewals, including ETCS and conventional signalling. It is envisaged that the 10-year framework would cover five suppliers, and have an estimated overall value of £4bn. ...

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    Scope of Transport & Works Act legislation to be expanded


    UK: The government is to enable the Transport & Works Act process to be used to grant powers for transport projects using non-physical guidance systems.

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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.

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    Metro Report International

    Transport for London funding agreement expires


    UK: The most recent extension of Transport for London’s extraordinary funding agreement expired at 12.00 on August 3. TfL had sought a short extension to continue discussions about the government’s draft proposal for a long-term funding settlement, but was offered 5½ days instead of the two ...

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    Bespoke information for Commonwealth Games passengers


    UK: Network Rail and Whoosh have launched a bespoke journey planning platform for the Commonwealth Games, enabing spectators to scan QR codes on posters at Birmingham New Street station to access tailored passenger information. This enables users to check the schedule for the games, find listed ...

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    LB Foster announces two acquisitions


    UK: US-headquartered rail infrastructure and operational technology company LB Foster has announced two acquistions in the UK transport sector Telford-based Skratch offers digital display design, proof of concept, hardware and software, logistics, installation, maintenance, content management and managed monitoring capabilities that LB Foster intends to leverage ...

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    ORR publishes documents on future rail regulation


    UK: The Office of Rail & Road has published three documents relating to the 2023 periodic review which will determine Network Rail’s outputs and funding for Control Period 7 (2024-29) and will in the future apply to Great British Railways, along with its response to the ...

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    Collaboration looks at modal shift to decarbonise freight


    UK: The University of Birmingham and multi-modal freight company Pass Logistics have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore ways of switching containerised goods from road to rail to support decarbonisation. Researchers at the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research & Education’s Centre of Excellence in Rail ...

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    Chiltern Railways investigates HVO fuel


    UK: Chiltern Railways is exploring the potential use of hydrotreated vegetable oil fuel. Chiltern is the last purely diesel-operated railway into London, and with government funding for electrification unlikely to be available in the immediate future, it is looking to reduce its carbon footprint. The HVO ...