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  • Siemens Mobility is currently undertaking a pilot project for highly automated driving on the Hamburg S-Bahn

    Automated main line train operation requirements to be studied


    GERMANY: Federal railway research body DZSF is providing €1·7m to fund two projects to define requirements for authorising the automated operation of regional and main line passenger services. The studies will consider Grade of Automation 3 (automated operation with an onboard attendant able to intervene in ...

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    Revolution Very Light Rail demonstrator vehicle prepared for testing


    UK: The prototype Revolution Very Light Rail railcar has been delivered to the Quinton Rail Technology Centre at Long Marston, where final assembly, system integration and performance validation testing will be completed by early 2021 ahead of demonstration to potential railway project sponsors and stakeholders. Revolution ...

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    Shipping company joins RSSB to benefit from rail’s safety culture


    UK: DFDS Seaways Immingham has joined the Rail Safety Standards Board as its first shipping company member. This provides the freight shipping, warehousing and logistics operator with access to RSSB’s resource library and ‘world class’ training on human behaviour, safety culture developments and safety ...

  • Network Rail plans to double the number of apprenticeships offered.
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    Seven steps needed to address looming rail skills shortage


    UK: Action needs to be taken now prevent a serious escalation of skills shortages in the rail industry over the next five years, according to the ‘Back on Track’ report published by City & Guilds and the National Skills Academy for Rail.

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    Research aims to reduce electrification costs


    UK: Research to improve the reliability of current and future electrification schemes has been undertaken by engineers from Sheffield University, supported by supplier Furrer+Frey and Network Rail. A PhD undertaken by Sam Hayes examined the effects of wind, train speed and wire gradient, with the aim ...

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    Alstom’s training courses awarded quality certification


    FRANCE: Alstom has obtained Qualiopi quality certification from standardisation body AFNOR for the training activities that its Valenciennes and Saint-Ouen sites organise for customers, service providers and subcontractors. The certification covers 40 courses given by 12 permanent trainers and approximately 50 people working on an occasional ...

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    Rail steel R&D partnership


    UK: British Steel and the University of Sheffield have announced a multi-million-pound research and development programme which will see steel tested at the university’s Faculty of Engineering and the steelmaker’s R D facility at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham. British Steel is contributing £1·6m including ...

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    East Coast Main Line electrification research agreement


    UK: An outline £10m co-investment agreement has been signed by the University of Leeds and the Rail Electrification Alliance which is undertaking the East Coast Main Line power supply upgrade programme. The agreement provides for two years of research into the best ...

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    Research project starts work on FRMCS demonstrator


    EUROPE: Work has officially started on an EU-backed project to develop a demonstrator version of the Future Railways Mobile Communication System, as a successor to current GSM-R technology.

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    RIA and Women In Rail launch pan-industry equality charter


    UK: A pan-industry agreement to champion diversity, equality and inclusion across the rail sector has been launched by the Railway Industry Association and Women In Rail.

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    Hydrogen fuel cell train to be developed with EU funding


    EUROPE: The FCH2RAIL consortium’s €14m project to design, develop and test a prototype hydrogen fuelled train has been awarded a €10m grant from the European Commission’s Fuel Cells Hydrogen Joint Undertaking as part of the Horizon 2020 Programme FCH2RAIL aims to produce a ...

  • The Centre of Excellence for Digital Systems forms part of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research & Education
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    Digital railway research centre handed over


    UK: A purpose-built railway engineering research centre at the University of Birmingham has been handed over by the contractors. The Centre of Excellence for Digital Systems forms part of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research Education. It has been developed through a collaboration ...

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    Rail sector targets Generation Z


    EUROPE: Rail industry suppliers’ association UNIFE has launched a campaign to raise the awareness of young people about rail, in a bid to encourage them to travel more by train and to consider a career in the rail sector.

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    Competence management technology company looks to Asia-Pacific market


    AUSTRALIA: Competence management technology and training company AssessTech has opened an office in Brisbane to serve the Asia-Pacific region. Graham Force has been appointed as Business Development Manager, initially focusing on Australia and New Zealand. ‘We see huge potential for us to help improve competence ...

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    Freight ATO demonstration on track


    EUROPE: An automatically operated freight train ran successfully between Sierre and Sion in Switzerland on October 19 using ATO over ETCS.

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    Scientific study to improve understanding of Covid-19 transmission on trains and buses


    UK: A study has been launched to develop a better understanding of the risks of Covid-19 transmission on public transport and to identify the best control measures.

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    Rail Technical Strategy to focus on outcomes


    UK: A vision for the development and deployment of technology across the UK rail sector was unveiled on October 13 with the publication of the 2020 Rail Technical Strategy.

  • The Office of Rail & Road has granted a non-passenger train licence to SLC Operations Ltd, which is formed of part of rail infrastructure design, project management, investment and engineering services group SLC.
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    SLC becomes newest train operator and sets up training academy


    UK: The Office of Rail Road has granted a non-passenger train licence to SLC Operations Ltd, which is formed of part of rail infrastructure design, project management, investment and engineering services group SLC. SLC Operations will provide services including rolling stock transfers, rail head ...

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    KRRI tests 5G-based autonomous train control


    SOUTH KOREA: Korea Railroad Research Institute has announced the successful testing of 5G-based autonomous train control technology at its dedicated test track in Osong. In January this year KRRI signed a technical co-operation agreement with SK Telecom to work on what it described as the world’s ...

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    An ‘exciting time’ for rail industry apprentices


    UK: Salford-based Vital Human Resources has taken on 13 apprentices who will combine on-the-job training with academic learning as they work towards a Level 2 NVQ in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance over the next 14 months. During the first six weeks, the apprentices will develop the ...