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    UK railway news round-up

    2019-06-06T05:00:00Z

    Dutch company Sqills is to supply its S3 Passenger software as a service platform to manage all seat reservation functions for the Rail Delivery Group from next year. This will cover 21 train operators in Great Britain, who would also be able to connect their inventories with other S3 Passenger ...

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    High Speed 2 rolling stock bids submitted

    2019-06-05T11:07:58Z

    UK: The deadline to submit bids for the estimated £2·75bn contract to design, manufacture and maintain the High Speed 2 train fleet passed at midday on June 5. Project promoter HS2 Ltd will now evaluate the five bids received and expects to announce the winner in early 2020, with entry ...

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    Virgin Trains announces plans for cheapest fare app

    2019-06-04T05:00:00Z

    UK: Virgin Trains is developing a booking app which it says will guarantee that passengers obtain the cheapest walk-up fares by retrospectively looking at the trains used and recalculating the fare if a different ticket would have been cheaper than the one purchased. The system would ...

  • ‘We have concerns with the current balance of risk and reward being offered’ by UK passenger rail franchises, warned FirstGroup Chief Executive Matthew Gregory.
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    FirstGroup concerned about UK franchise risk and reward

    2019-05-30T14:19:41Z

    FIRSTGROUP: ‘We have concerns with the current balance of risk and reward being offered’ by UK passenger rail franchises, warned FirstGroup Chief Executive Matthew Gregory when presenting the train and bus operator’s annual results on May 30. Gregory said FirstGroup would await the government’s Williams review of the structure of ...

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    2019-05-30T05:00:00Z

    The Railway Industry Association published its submission to the Transport Select Committee's Trains Fit for the Future inquiry on May 28. 'The rail industry needs the right policy environment to replace diesel passenger trains with those that use electricity, hydrogen or batteries', said RIA Technical Director David Clarke. 'To ...

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    Opportunities amid uncertainty in the UK rail market

    2019-05-30T04:00:00Z

    UK: Railway Industry Association Chief Executive Darren Caplan sees good opportunities for UK firms in both the home and export markets, despite a period of uncertainty. Speaking to Railway Gazette at the Railtex exhibition in Birmingham on May 15, Caplan stressed that the record £48bn settlement for ...

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    Siemens focuses on traffic management and high speed at Railtex

    2019-05-29T11:00:00Z

    SIEMENS: Speaking to Railway Gazette at the Railtex show in Birmingham on May 15, Siemens Mobility’s Director of Control Systems Mike Lewis said that he expects the company to start commissioning its dynamic route setting system at its Derby site next month. This would be followed ...

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    Vivarail units take over Marston Vale services

    2019-05-29T04:00:00Z

    VIVARAIL: Class 150 and 153 diesel multiple-units have been withdrawn from West Midlands Trains services on the UK's Marston Vale Line, with all services now operated using Class 230 DMUs supplied by Vivarail. The first Class 230 unit entered service between Bletchley and Bedford last month. Vivarail has ...

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    Stadler presses ahead with UK projects

    2019-05-28T11:00:00Z

    UK: Stadler is moving forward with its four UK projects, the company told Railway Gazette at Railtex. The company expects to complete deliveries of the Greater Anglia fleet by the end of the year, having recently delivered the first of 10 EMUs for use on Stansted Express ...

  • The West Coast Trains Partnership joint venture of Stagecoach Group (50%), SNCF Holding (30%) and Virgin (20%) confirmed on May 24 that it had begun legal action against the Department for Transport.
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    Legal action over ‘inappropriate’ risks in new West Coast franchise

    2019-05-24T13:17:09Z

    UK: The West Coast Trains Partnership joint venture of Stagecoach Group (50%), SNCF Holding (30%) and Virgin (20%) confirmed on May 24 that it had begun legal action against the Department for Transport. This follows DfT’s decision to disqualify it from bidding for the West Coast Partnership contract covering the ...

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    Doncaster hub prepares to maintain Azuma fleet

    2019-05-24T08:34:00Z

    UK: Hitachi Rail Ltd is ramping up maintenance activity at Agility Trains East’s new Doncaster depot as the roll-out of Class 800/801 Azuma trainsets begins on the East Coast Main Line. The first Azuma entered service on May 15, and four more were being used for driver training in late ...

  • Network Rail has awarded contracts worth £800m for the haulage and operation of its engineering trains and the provision of seasonal rail treatment services in Control Period 6.
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    Network Rail awards haulage and seasonal services contracts

    2019-05-24T07:00:00Z

    UK: Infrastructure manager Network Rail has awarded contracts worth £800m for the haulage and operation of its engineering trains and the provision of seasonal rail treatment services in Control Period 6 which runs from 2019 to 2024. ‘These contracts demonstrate the commercially creative approach Network Rail’s supply chain now ...

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    2019-05-23T05:00:00Z

    Greater Anglia launched its 'Norwich in 90’ service between the Norfolk city and London on May 20. Services with 90 min timings depart southbound at 09.00 and 17.00 and northbound at 11.00 and 19.00 from Monday to Saturday. The first regular services to use the Halton Curve ...

  • An Alstom Class 180 Adelante DMU is to be converted to run on a combination of diesel and liquefied natural gas in a dual-fuel technology demonstration project.
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    Grand Central DMU to be used for dual-fuel trial

    2019-05-22T15:16:51Z

    UK: An Alstom Class 180 Adelante diesel-hydraulic multiple-unit is to be converted to run on a combination of diesel and liquefied natural gas in a dual-fuel technology demonstration project. One car of the DMU which Arriva-owned open access inter-city operator Grand Central leases from Angel Trains is to be equipped ...

  • The High Court has ordered British Steel Ltd into compulsory liquidation.
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    British Steel Ltd placed in liquidation

    2019-05-22T11:34:48Z

    UK: The High Court ordered British Steel Ltd into compulsory liquidation on May 22, with the Official Receiver appointed as liquidator. The court has appointed Hunter Kelly, Sam Woodward and Alan Hudson of EY to act as Special Managers to assist the Official Receiver. The company supplies 95% of the ...

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    Depot equipment demonstrations at Railtex

    2019-05-22T08:30:00Z

    MECHAN: Sheffield-based lifting and handling system manufacturer Mechan offered visitors to its Railtex stand a chance to see some of its products in action. A full size demonstration jack was displayed, along with a working model of a wheel press from Mechan’s French sister company Sogema Engineering. ...

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    2019-05-16T05:00:00Z

    Abellio UK said on May 9 it was ’pleased and proud to be confirmed today as the new operator of the East Midlands rail franchise by the Department for Transport’, following the conclusion of the extended standstill period. Managing Director Dominic Booth said ‘we’re looking forward to working with ...

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    Breeze hydrogen multiple-unit order expected soon

    2019-05-15T13:00:00Z

    UK: Alstom is hopeful of confirming an order before the end of this year for its Breeze hydrogen multiple-unit trains being developed in partnership with leasing company Eversholt Rail, suggesting that the first trains could enter service ‘as early as 2022’. Unveiling a scale model of the three-car HMU ...

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    Transport for the South East seeks statutory status

    2019-05-15T05:00:00Z

    UK: The Transport for the South East group of 16 local authorities covering the region from Hampshire and Berkshire to Kent has begun consultation on its draft case for acquiring statutory status as a subnational transport body. This would give it the right to be consulted on new franchises, a ...

  • The first Azuma-branded inter-city trainsets will be introduced between Leeds and London on May 15.
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    LNER launches Hitachi Azuma trainsets

    2019-05-14T15:20:02Z

    UK: ‘The launch of the Hitachi Azuma fleet is another step in the history of a route which has long been associated with iconic trains’, LNER Manging Director David Horne told guests on a preview train on May 14, the day before the new fleet is set to enter passenger ...