UK news

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    Atkins appointed to reduce electrification costs

    2020-08-07T05:00:00Z

    UK: Infrastructure manager Network Rail has appointed Atkins to develop new rules for the design of overhead electrification equipment, with the aim of reducing the need for expensive bridge reconstruction and track lowering works. Announcing the contract on August 5, the SNC-Lavalin group company said electrification ...

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    UK railway news round-up

    2020-08-06T05:00:00Z

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

  • Chinese rolling stock manufacturer CRRC Shandong has dispatched the first of 71 wagons ordered by London Underground for use on track renewal and maintenance trains.
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    London Underground’s first Chinese wagons shipped

    2020-08-05T12:02:00Z

    UK: Chinese rolling stock manufacturer CRRC Shandong has dispatched the first of 71 wagons ordered by London Underground for use on track renewal and maintenance trains. Announcing the shipment of the first batch last month, CRRC said this was the first time that a European metro ...

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    Lighting improved at high speed train depot

    2020-08-05T05:00:00Z

    UK: Two maintenance tracks at Eurostar’s high speed train depot in east London have been equipped with LED lighting supplied by J Brand Ltd. This has replaced fluorescent lighting, providing a better a quality of light to help improve working conditions and staff safety. ‘The benefits ...

  • Freightliner has acquired another 13 Class 90 electric locomotives formerly used on Greater Anglia inter-city services, bringing its fleet to 23.
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    Class 90s support Freightliner decarbonisation objectives

    2020-08-04T05:00:00Z

    UK: As part of its strategy to decarbonise rail freight and operate longer trains, Freightliner has acquired another 13 Class 90 electric locomotives formerly used on Greater Anglia inter-city services, bringing its fleet to 23.

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    Class 142 Pacer sale raises £80 000 for Railway Children charity

    2020-08-03T12:45:00Z

    UK: Angel Trains has raised more than £80 000 for the Railway Children charity through the sale of withdrawn Class 142 Pacer diesel multiple-units to heritage railways, community railways and the emergency services. The leasing company is also to donate a further £20 000 as part ...

  • Siemens Mobility Inspiro London trainset for the Piccadilly Line.
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    Doors ordered for London Underground’s new Piccadilly Line trains

    2020-08-03T09:59:00Z

    UK: Knorr-Bremse’s rolling stock door subsidiary IFE has won its largest ever contract, covering the supply of door systems for the trainsets which Siemens Mobility is to build for London Underground’s Piccadilly Line. The ‘middle double-digit million-euro’ contract announced on August 3 ...

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    BCM Construction management buyout completed

    2020-08-03T05:00:00Z

    UK: A management buyout has been completed at rail and transport contractor BCM Construction, with founder Hugh McGarry and Finance Director Terry Sullivan selling the majority of their equity to the remaining management team members and retiring from active involvement. The deal includes associated companies Construction ...

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    ONS reclassifies Train Operating Companies as public non-financial corporations

    2020-07-31T11:58:00Z

    UK: Train Operating Companies which are operating under Emergency Measures Agreements with the UK and Scottish governments have been reclassified as public non-financial corporations, the Office for National Statistics announced on July 31. The reclassification, which is backdated to April 1, is a statistical matter which ...

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    Hull Trains announces date for service restart

    2020-07-31T09:23:00Z

    UK: Open access operator Hull Trains has announced plans to restart its East Yorkshire to London inter-city services during August. As a non-franchised operator Hull Trains must survive on a purely commercial basis. It did not qualify for the emergency support which the Department of Transport ...

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    Advanced Automatic Sander distributor appointed

    2020-07-31T05:00:00Z

    SANDER: Unipart Rail has been appointed exclusive worldwide distributor of AB Hoses Fittings Ltd’s Advanced Automatic Sander, a variable-rate sanding system which won the Technical Innovation Excellence category at Railway Gazette Group’s 21st Rail Business Awards. AAS meets the recommendations of RSSB’s T1107 research ...

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    SWR highlights Fawley branch passenger proposal

    2020-07-30T07:00:00Z

    UK: South Western Railway ran a ‘fact-finding’ train on July 28 to highlight the proposals to reintroduce a passenger service on the 13 km branch from Totton near Southampton to Fawley. This follows Hampshire County Council’s successful bid for funding from the Department for Transport’s ...

  • LNER Azuma
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    UK railway news round-up

    2020-07-30T05:00:00Z

    LNER is to trial at-seat catering during August, with passengers ordering and paying for food and drink using the Let’s Eat At Your Seat app which was developed by QikServe as part of the LNER FutureLabs accelerator programme. The operator said this would provide confidence to ...

  • The Rail Services Decarbonisation Action Plan sets out an indicative phased programme of electrification running to 2035
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    Plan to decarbonise Scottish passenger trains by 2035

    2020-07-29T13:56:00Z

    UK: Full decarbonisation of passenger rail services in Scotland by 2035 including the electrification of an average of 130 track-km/year is envisaged in an action plan published by Transport Scotland on July 28. Developed in collaboration with Network Rail Scotland and ScotRail, the Rail Services ...

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    Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements announcement delayed

    2020-07-29T13:51:00Z

    UK: Despite industry expectations, details of the Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements which are due replace the current Emergency Measures Agreements with passenger train operators from September were not released before the end of the Parliamentary session on July 22. Rail Business UK understands that discussions ...

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    Stansted Express Class 745/1 trainsets enter passenger service

    2020-07-28T13:55:00Z

    UK: The first two of the 10 Stadler Flirt Class 745/1 electric multiple-units ordered for Greater Anglia’s Stansted Express service entered passenger service on the route between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport on July 28. ‘This milestone marks the start of ...

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    Operators unable to meet DfT ambition for full timetable from September 7

    2020-07-28T08:45:00Z

    UK: Industry sources confirm that the Department for Transport has asked passenger operators to work towards a ‘near-full timetable’ from September 7 as part of the government’s plan to encourage people to start using public transport and to return to working normally. At the moment no ...

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    HS2 contractor mandates active hearing protection with integrated noise monitoring

    2020-07-28T05:00:00Z

    UK: Following trials with ear defenders developed by Eave as part of the HS2 Innovation programme, the Costain-Skanska joint venture is to mandate the use of active hearing protection with integrated noise monitoring across its HS2 sites from September 1. Unlike passive protection, the headsets allow ...

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    Railway Industry Association sets out trade policy expectations

    2020-07-27T11:15:00Z

    UK: The Railway Industry Association has set out four key requests to the government as the UK looks to develop an independent trade policy following the end of the Brexit transition period. These are for: rail to continue to be included in the negotiation ...

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    Second review of Transport for London’s financial options announced

    2020-07-27T08:37:00Z

    UK: The Transport for London board chaired by Mayor Sadiq Khan has commissioned an independent review of Transport for London’s long-term funding and financing options. This will be carried out in parallel with a previously-announced review of TfL financing which is being undertaken by the Department for ...