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Pacers to continue into 2020, operators confirm


UK: Operators have confirmed that their Pacer diesel multiple-units will remain in service into early 2020, in spite of previous announcements that the unpopular four-wheeled vehicles dating from the 1980s would be withdrawn before enhanced PRM accessibility requirements come into force on January 1 2020.

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LNER launches Azumas to Lincoln


UK: ‘We are putting Lincoln firmly on the LNER map’, said Customer Service Director Suzanne Donnelly at the formal launch of Azuma services off the East Coast Main Line on October 21.


Ilford and Romford station enhancement contract


UK: Network Rail has awarded VolkerFitzpatrick a £20m contract to complete the upgrading of Ilford and Romford stations in east London for the Crossrail project.


London St Pancras twins with Bordeaux Saint-Jean to promote direct service


EUROPE: Channel Tunnel rail link concessionaire HS1 Ltd announced a twinning agreement between its London St Pancras International station and SNCF’s Bordeaux Saint-Jean station on October 18, saying this would help to progress the development of proposals for a through passenger service between the cities.

Impression of Stadler EMU for Merseyrail

Merseyrail and RMT close to agreement on new trains


UK: The RMT has suspended industrial action in the long-running dispute about how the new EMUs which Stadler is building for Merseyrail will be operated, after the union’s National Executive Committee endorsed an offer which it said would guarantee both the presence and safety-critical role of guards.

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UK railway news round-up


Bombardier Transportation’s Derby plant has completed the first 100 coaches for Greater Anglia’s fleet of 111 five and 10-car Aventra EMUs. The first is expected to arrive on the Greater Anglia network later this year, and the Angel Trains-owned fleet will eventually replace existing EMUs on its commuter routes in ...

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