UK news

  • Revolution Very Light Rail demonstrator vehicle at Long Marston
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    Revolution Very Light Rail demonstrator vehicle prepared for testing

    2020-11-24T10:22:00Z

    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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    Full delivery of HS2 crucial to connectivity between Midlands and North, argues West Midlands Mayor

    2020-11-24T06:59:00Z

    UK: The government must complete its High Speed North vision to link London and northern England in full in order to maximise its benefits, urged West Midlands Elected Mayor Andy Street on November 19.

  • South Western Railway train
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    ORR demands action on lack of wheelchair access at Liphook station

    2020-11-24T06:00:00Z

    UK: The Office of Rail Road has issued a formal Improvement Notice instructing South Western Railway to comply with its legal duty to ensure that people using wheelchairs can board and alight from trains at Liphook station. This action was taken after the regulator ...

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

    2020-11-23T12:00:00Z

    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

    2020-11-23T10:19:00Z

    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.

  • Candian Pacific train in the mountains
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    UK rail industry’s virtual trade mission targets Canada

    2020-11-23T05:00:00Z

    UK: The Railway Industry Association and the Department for International Trade are partnering to launch their first virtual trade mission, which will see delegates participating in a programme of activities with key players from across the Canadian rail sector from February 1 to 12 2021. ...

  • ScotRail Class 334 (Photo: Darrel Hendrie/Eversholt Rail)
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    Alstom awarded Class 334 EMU overhaul contract

    2020-11-20T16:38:00Z

    UK: Leasing company Eversholt Rail has awarded supplier Alstom Transport UK a £12∙4m contract to undertake the mileage-based overhaul of its fleet of 40 three-car Class 334 Juniper electric multiple-units which are operated by ScotRail. The programme will commence in October 2021 with the work on ...

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    First Class 484 arrives on the Isle of Wight

    2020-11-20T09:59:00Z

    UK: The first of five Class 484 electric multiple-units for the Isle of Wight was delivered to the island on a Wightlink ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne on November 19. The Class 484 EMUs are being produced by Vivarail using D78 vehicles formerly used on ...

  • Bletchley East West Rail station impression
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    East West Rail surveys underway

    2020-11-20T05:00:00Z

    UK: Project promoter East West Railway Co has begun environmental surveys to inform planning and design work for the Oxford to Cambridge route, and has contacted more than 600 landowners along the future alignment to ask for access in order to help understand local environmental conditions. ...

  • gb London Bridge coronavirus face covering sign
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    ‘Resilience not cuts’ says Heaton-Harris as Treasury seeks cost recovery

    2020-11-19T15:08:00Z

    UK: Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris struck a defiant tone when addressing the Transport Select Committee on November 18, insisting that the government was seeking ‘resilience, not cuts’ from the railway during the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Strong field for 23rd Rail Business Awards

    2020-11-19T06:00:00Z

    UK: Companies and organisations across the UK rail sector continue to deliver excellence in performance, quality and innovation, despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, To recognise their efforts, no fewer than 40 organisations have been shortlisted for the 23rd Rail Business Awards , ...

  • The Welsh Government has published its draft Transport Strategy for the next 20 years.
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    UK railway news round-up

    2020-11-19T05:00:00Z

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

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    Research aims to reduce electrification costs

    2020-11-18T14:54:00Z

    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 ...

  • HydroFLEX on mainline
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    Rail sector calls for key role in ‘green industrial revolution’

    2020-11-18T14:43:00Z

    UK: A 10-point plan for a ‘green industrial revolution’ covering energy, transport, nature and technology was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on November 18. This includes ‘investing in zero-emission public transport of the future’, and working with industry to develop low-carbon hydrogen production capacity for ...

  • The Private Wagon Federation has rebranded and incorporated as Rail Wagon Association Ltd
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    Private Wagon Federation becomes the Rail Wagon Association

    2020-11-18T05:00:00Z

    UK: The Private Wagon Federation has rebranded and incorporated as Rail Wagon Association Ltd, in a move which the industry association said was intended to enable it to provide a stronger focus on facilitating the development and maintenance of wagons. The organisation, which was originally formed ...

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    Franchise termination negotiations in turmoil

    2020-11-17T11:36:00Z

    UK: Passenger franchise owning groups are reportedly considering legal options including judicial review over the process being followed by the Department for Transport for termination of their existing franchise agreements and the transition to directly awarded contracts.

  • gb Severn Tunnel emergency vehicle photo
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    Severn Tunnel emergency vehicle handed over

    2020-11-17T05:00:00Z

    UK: Network Rail has developed and funded two dedicated Mitsubishi Canter road-rail vehicles which firefighters and ambulance crews in England and Wales will be able use to reach emergencies in the Severn Tunnel. ‘These vehicles will allow for a faster and more effective multi-agency emergency response’, ...

  • British Steel supplies 95% of the rails used by Network Rail.
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    Rail steel R&D partnership

    2020-11-16T06:00:00Z

    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 West Rail interim rolling stock requirements reshaped

    2020-11-13T11:52:00Z

    UK: Oxford to Cambridge railway corridor project promoter East West Railway Co has begun the second phase of engagement with potential rolling stock suppliers, issuing a new Prior Information Notice which includes a set of technical specifications taking account of market feedback gained during the initial ...

  • Azuma at Peterborough TM
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    East Coast Main Line electrification research agreement

    2020-11-13T06:00:00Z

    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 ...