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  • ScotRail Class 156 (Photo: Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    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 ...

  • Stirling station impression
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    Stirling station modernisation works to begin


    UK: Luddon Construction is to begin work on a £5m modernisation of Stirling station on July 18. ScotRail will manage the project, which is scheduled to be completed by spring 2023. Funding is being provided by the Scottish government through Sustrans and by Stirling Council, Network ...

  • ScotRail train
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    Be in, be out rail ticketing trial planned in Scotland


    UK: Discussions are underway for a ‘be in be out’ rail ticketing scheme in Scotland. A pilot could be launched by ScotRail this autumn, with public use from early 2023. Geofences would be installed at stations, with passengers entering the station receiving a message on their ...

  • Bombardier-Hitachi High Speed 2 train proposal.
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    Anglo-Scottish acceleration in doubt as government shelves HS2’s Golborne Link


    UK: The government confirmed on June 6 its intention to drop the so-called Golborne Link from Phase 2b of High Speed 2.

  • gb ScotRail Class 318
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    Scotland seeks battery trains in partial electrification plan


    UK: The Scottish government has approved calls for tenders to finance and manufacture a fleet of bi-mode battery electric multiple-units to operate on the East Kilbride, Fife and Borders routes.

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    Scotland: Setting priorities for a new era


    The return of passenger services to public control, along with government targets for decarbonisation and freight modal shift, promise a positive future for Scotland’s rail network. Tony Miles talks to Transport Scotland and Scotland’s Railway about the benefits and challenges of renationalisation.

  • Reston station opening
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    Reston station opens


    UK: Reston station on the East Coast Main Line in the Scottish Borders opened on May 23. The first train to call since the closure of the previous station in 1964 was the 06.16 TransPennine Express service from Edinburgh.

  • ScotRail train
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    ScotRail transfers to public ownership


    UK: ScotRail transferred to public ownership on April 1, with the 04.56 Inverness – Edinburgh train being the first service operated by ScotRail Trains Ltd, an arm’s length company owned and controlled by the Scottish government. The Scottish government had decided it would not to award ...

  • Forth Bridge
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    Forth Bridge visitor experience contract awarded


    UK: Network Rail has awarded Balfour Beatty an early contractor involvement contract to assist with planning the on-bridge walkway for the proposed Forth Bridge visitor experience, with a £7m option for full design and build. In summer 2020 Network Rail began procurement ...

  • Caledonian Sleeper train
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    Temporary Measures Agreements for Scottish passenger services


    UK: The Scottish government has put in place Temporary Measures Agreements to ensure the continuation of ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper services following the expiry of Emergency Measures Agreements. The ScotRail TMA is a short-term deal covering the operation of services by Abellio until ScotRail Trains Ltd ...

  • Accident site at Carmont
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    Rail Accident Investigation Branch publishes Carmont derailment report


    UK: Network Rail and its contractors come in for criticism in the Rail Accident Investigation Branch’s report into the fatal derailment at Carmont near Stonehaven. In its report published on March 10, RAIB focuses on the processes put in place to manage drainage at the site. ...

  • Thornton junction looking north
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    Levenmouth Rail Link reopening works get underway


    UK: Network Rail has begun construction works for the Levenmouth Rail Link scheme to reopen the 6·5 km branch from Thornton Junction to Leven which has been out of use since 2001.

  • ScotRail request stops
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    Technology replaces hand signals at Scottish request stops


    UK: Eight lightly-used stations on the Far North line in Scotland are being provided with ‘request to stop’ kiosks, removing the need for waiting passengers to give hand signals to the driver of an approaching train. The kiosks supplied by Unipart Technologies Group’s Comms Design will ...

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    Jenny Gilruth named Scottish Transport Minister


    UK: SNP Member of the Scottish Parliament for Mid Fife & Glenrothes Jenny Gilruth was named as Scotland’s Transport Minister on January 25, the day after Graeme Dey announced his resignation from the Scottish government for health-related reasons. ‘The transport portfolio is an exciting opportunity to ...

  • Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail Class 385 EMU
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    Scottish Transport Minister steps down


    UK: Transport Minister Graeme Dey resigned from the Scottish Government for health-related reasons on January 24. Dey had been appointed Transport Minister following the 2021 Holyrood elections. He said ‘regrettably, despite my continuing passion, I find myself unable now to give this hugely important ministerial role ...

  • Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail Class 385 EMU
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    ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper support extended


    UK: The Emergency Measures Agreements which temporarily vary the terms of the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises have been further extended from December 2021 until February 2022. Under the EMAs, the Scottish government will continue to provide Abellio ScotRail and Serco Caledonian Sleepers with additional funding ...

  • Joanne Maguire
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    ScotRail announces next Chief Operating Officer


    UK: ScotRail has announced the appointment of Joanne Maguire to succeed Ian McConnell as Chief Operating Officer on April 1, when the train operator transfers from Abellio to public body Scottish Rail Holdings. Maguire is currently Vice-Principal — Resources at the University of the West of ...

  • Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail Class 385 EMU
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    Scottish Rail Holdings managers appointed


    UK: Two senior appointments have been announced at Scottish Rail Holdings, the Scottish government-owned company being set up to own ScotRail Trains Ltd, which will operate ScotRail passenger services after the current contract held by Abellio expires on March 31 2022. Chris Gibb has been appointed ...