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    Doopee Doo offers rewards to incentivise use of trains and local businesses


    UK: Doopee Doo is working with Transport for Wales to roll out a reward scheme which is designed to encourage people to explore by train and to incentivise support for local businesses. Passengers can visit selected destinations to received rewards through an app. Themed packages are ...

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    Wearable sensors to improve ergonomics


    UK: Spatial Cortex Technology is improving worker safety through the use of MOVA wearable sensors which accurately track a person’s movements while they undertake their job. The sensors demonstrated at the Railway Industry Association Innovation Conference on March 26-27 clip on to clothing including personal protective ...

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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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    LED signals and barrier lights designed for better visibility


    UK: Currently on test in Devon and Cornwall are LED signal heads developed by Unipart Rail which incorporate tinted glass and filters. These can reduce the risk of phantom aspects, where an unlit signal appears to be illuminated due to an external light source such as ...

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    LeShuttle terminals readied for EU border check changes


    EUROPE: Channel Tunnel operator Getlink has completed a key stage of work at its French road vehicle shuttle train terminal in Coquelles in preparation for implementing the European Union’s Entry/Exit System on October 6 this year.

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    Variable rate sanding equipment deployed on DMU fleet


    UK: In response to the collision which resulted from low rail adhesion at Salisbury Tunnel Junction in October 2021, all of South Western Railway’s Class 158 and 159 diesel multiple-units have now been fitted with Variable Rate Sanding equipment supplied by Siemens Mobility. The variable rate ...

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    Accessibility options added to Southeastern journey planner


    UK: Southeastern has added features to its app and online journey planner which are designed to make it easier to plan accessible journeys. A Passenger Assistance booking tool has been integrated with the journey planner and can be used to request help with getting on and ...

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    Greater Anglia offers industrial placement scheme for third year students


    UK: Greater Anglia is offering paid industrial placements providing students practical experience in the field they are studying in across eight departments ranging from HR and marketing to IT and asset management. The scheme is being offered as the third year of a degree at the ...

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    Dublin – Belfast electric-battery trains funded


    EUROPE: Funding is now in place for the procurement of electric-battery inter-city trains to increase frequencies and reduce journey times on the cross-border Enterprise service between Dublin and Belfast which is operated jointly by Iarnród Éireann and Northern Ireland Railways. An order for eight 1 600 ...

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    East West Railway Co CEO Beth West to leave


    UK: Beth West is to step down as CEO of Oxford – Cambridge railway corridor project promoter East West Railway Co when her contract ends. She will remain as interim CEO until the end of May, and she will be available to support the transition to ...

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    Rolling stock leasing company investment


    UK: Independent European fund manager Arjun Infrastructure Partners and University Pension Plan Ontario have announced an investment in Angel Trains, along with the formation of a partnership to pursue further investment opportunities in OECD countries. Angel Trains is the largest rolling stock leasing company in the ...

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    Request to Stop button ready for trial at Welsh stations


    UK: Transport for Wales is to trial a prototype Request to Stop system incorporating train running information and a button which passengers arriving at station can push to alert the driver of the next train to the need to call at a request stop. This removes ...

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    Portuguese and UK railway industry associations to co-operate


    EUROPE: Portuguese industry organisation Plataforma Ferroviária Portuguesa and the UK’s Railway Industry Association have signed a memorandum of understanding for co-operation. The agreement signed as part of a visit by 16 British companies covers: exchanging information on research, development and innovation; sharing best practice on ...

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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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    Network Rail awards 10-year train control system framework contracts


    UK: New suppliers and better visibility of future work are included in the Train Control Systems framework contracts awarded by Network Rail for the provision of conventional and ETCS signalling services during Control Periods 7 and 8 in 2024-34. The Train Control Systems framework replaces the ...

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    Separate MDs appointed for Network Rail Scotland and ScotRail


    UK: Separate Managing Directors have been appointed for infrastructure manager Network Rail in Scotland and for passenger train operator ScotRail, though the organisations have stressed their commitment to the current alliance model of close co-operation. Both Managing Director roles are currently held jointly by Alex Hynes, ...

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    Uber looks to bring ridesharing platform to the rail market


    UK: Eight of the 10 most popular destinations for Uber trips in the UK are railway stations, and the company is keen to use its globally recognised ridesharing platform to encourage the use of modes which are more sustainable than privately owned cars, Mobility Lead Rebecca ...

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    Europe: Getlink adopts AI and digital twins


    As Channel Tunnel operator Getlink prepares for its future role in providing more and better services between the UK and France it is making a transition to a data-driven company, seizing the opportunities offered by data management and artificial intelligence.

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    Technology tackles train surfers and bicycle thieves


    UK: The Docklands Light Railway is to be equipped with technology which can detect ‘train surfers’ illegally clinging to the back of its automated trains or between vehicles. The system is being deployed by Telent, which has extensive experience of integrating CCTV, internet-of-things sensors and smart ...

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    European Rail Timetable business for sale


    INTERNATIONAL: Director and Editor-in-Chief John Potter has decided to sell European Rail Timetable Ltd, publisher of the famous red book which contains almost 600 pages of detailed schedule information for 50 000 trains, as well as maps and useful travel information for Europe and beyond. The ...