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    Azuma launches on Flying Scotsman

    2019-08-01T08:00:00Z

    UK: East Coast Main Line operator LNER launched its Hitachi-built Class 800 Azuma trainsets on Anglo-Scottish services on August 1, deploying one of the electro-diesel units on its flagship 05.40 Flying Scotsman service from Edinburgh to London King’s Cross and the 17.30 return working. Class 800s have been ...

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    UK railway news round-up - August 1

    2019-08-01T05:00:00Z

    On July 25 TransPennine Express accepted the first of the Nova 2 branded Civity EMUs which are being supplied by CAF and Eversholt Rail. The five-car Class 397 units will enter service later this year on TPE’s services from Manchester and Liverpool to Edinburgh and Glasgow via the West ...

  • Nine recommendations are set out in a review of the Rail North Partnership between the Department for Transport and Transport for the North which manages the Northern and TransPennine Express passenger franchises.
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    Nine recommendations for rail in northern England

    2019-07-31T09:00:00Z

    Nine recommendations are set out in a review of the Rail North Partnership between the Department for Transport and Transport for the North which manages the Northern and TransPennine Express passenger franchises. UK: Nine recommendations are set out in a review of the Rail North Partnership ...

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    Abellio orders East Midlands inter-city fleet

    2019-07-30T14:13:52Z

    UK: Hitachi Rail has been selected to supply a fleet of 200 km/h inter-city trains to operate on the Midland Main Line, as part of the new East Midlands Railway franchise, where Abellio is due to take over from incumbent operator Stagecoach on August 18. The NS subsidiary announced ...

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    Stadler bimodes enter service at Greater Anglia

    2019-07-29T13:52:56Z

    UK: The first of 38 three- and four-car electro-diesel multiple-units being supplied by Stadler to operate regional services in East Anglia began revenue operation on Abellio's Greater Anglia routes from Norwich to Lowestoft and Yarmouth on July 29. The first Stadler multiple-units to operate in the UK, the Class ...

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    Accessible travel policy guidance updated

    2019-07-27T05:00:00Z

    UK: The Office of Rail Road has published updated guidance designed to enable train and station operators to provide older and disabled people with greater confidence when travelling by rail. The Accessible Travel Policy replaces ORR’s Disabled Persons’ Protection Policy and broadens its scope. ...

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    Trans-Pennine ETCS procurement begins

    2019-07-26T08:24:05Z

    UK: Network Rail has begun the process of appointing a contractor to supply and maintain ETCS Level 2 for the line between Stalybridge near Manchester and Cottingley near Leeds as part of the Trans-Pennine Route Upgrade Programme. The selected contractor would be expected to maintain the ETCS equipment ...

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    UK railway news round-up

    2019-07-25T05:00:00Z

    Grant Shapps was appointed Secretary of State for Transport in new Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet on July 24. The Member of Parliament for Welwyn Hatfield succeeds Chris Grayling. The Office of Rail & Road published its annual Network Rail Monitor assessment of the infrastructure manager’s performance on ...

  • An ‘ambitious’ Integrated Rail Plan for the Sheffield City Region has been published.
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    Sheffield City Region rail vision launched

    2019-07-24T14:36:31Z

    UK: An ‘ambitious’ Integrated Rail Plan for the Sheffield City Region was launched by Mayor Dan Jarvis on July 18. The plan was produced by the region’s local authorities supported by organisations including Transport for the North. The proposals include a Barnsley Dearne Valley station in Goldthorpe on the ...

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    Alstom completes first Class 175 DMU refurbishment

    2019-07-24T05:00:00Z

    UK: Alstom's Technology Centre at Widnes has rolled out the first of 27 Class 175 long-distance 160 km/h regional diesel multiple-units to be refurbished in a £6·7m programme which is being undertaken for Transport for Wales. The Alstom-built Class 175 has received TfW’s exterior branding, with interior changes including ...

  • Touax Rail UK has signed a contract to supply 55 Greenbrier Europe JNA open wagons and 40 HOA hoppers to Mendip Rail for use on aggregates traffic.
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    Mendip Rail orders aggregate wagons

    2019-07-22T11:09:33Z

    UK: Touax Rail UK has signed a contract to supply 55 Greenbrier Europe JNA open wagons and 40 HOA hoppers to Mendip Rail for use on aggregates traffic. Announcing the order on July 22, the leasing company said this was its first order for new wagons for the UK ...

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    UK railway news round-up

    2019-07-18T05:00:00Z

    HS2 Ltd is consulting on plans for a 2·3 km elevated peoplemover which would link the future Interchange station in Solihull with the National Exhibition Centre, the existing Birmingham International station and Birmingham airport. Services would run every 3 min, with a capacity of 2 100 passengers/direction/h and a journey ...

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    Industry comments on Williams Rail Review

    2019-07-17T14:58:17Z

    UK: Organisations from across the rail sector have responded to Keith Williams’ speech in Bradford on July 16 during which he provided an update on the strategic review of the rail sector which he is undertaking for the government. Rail Delivery Group ‘Businesses, communities and passengers across the ...

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    Williams reiterates call for UK franchising changes

    2019-07-16T08:59:13Z

    UK: Greater accountability and a clear customer focus are the principal requirements for reform of the UK rail sector, according to Keith Williams, the independent chairman of the rail review established by Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling in the wake of the May 2018 timetable change debacle. ...

  • The first four of 10 Trac Rail Transposer rail handling machines have been delivered to McCulloch Rail by Unipart Rail.
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    Trac Rail Transposer machines delivered

    2019-07-14T05:00:00Z

    PLANT: The first four of 10 Trac Rail Transposer rail handling machines have been delivered to McCulloch Rail by Unipart Rail, seven months after the order. The TRT was developed by McCulloch Rail and manufactured by Unipart Rail in Crewe. It is designed to significantly reduce the time taken ...

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    UK railway news round-up

    2019-07-11T05:00:00Z

    The Department for Transport has published a prior information notice in the Official Journal of the European Union giving 12 months’ notice that it could directly award a contract for the operation of InterCity East Coast services for up to 60 months from June 28 2020. This would have a ...

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    Virgin Trains rolls-out app to keep everyone informed

    2019-07-10T08:00:00Z

    UK: Inter-city operator Virgin Trains has provided its staff with a mobile app which is designed to enable them to supply passengers with more timely and accurate information during service disruption. Back on Track was custom developed for Virgin Trains by UP3 and ServiceNow, but the operator told a launch ...

  • Greater Anglia has revealed the interior of the trainsets being supplied by Stadler for its inter-city services.
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    UK railway news round-up

    2019-07-04T05:00:00Z

    RSSB published its annual health and safety report on June 27, saying that fatigue, signals passed at danger and change management are key risks. It said Britain’s railways are the safest of the 10 biggest in the EU, with 1·4 fatalities per billion train-km, compared to 89·2 in Spain (the ...

  • The first implementation of Atkins’ digital interlocking technology on a UK passenger-carrying line has been commissioned.
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    Atkins’ digitalisation programme bears fruit as interlocking goes live

    2019-07-03T05:00:00Z

    UK: The first implementation of Atkins’ digital interlocking technology on a UK passenger-carrying line was commissioned on June 22-23. Atkins’ Strategic Rail Market Director Scott Kelley said the deployment was ‘a step change for the domestic signalling market’, with the project being ‘unique in that it involved new technologies, software ...

  • A consortium of Brookfield Infrastructure, GIC and Brookfield’s institutional partners have agreed to acquire short line group Genesee & Wyoming Inc in a $8·4bn transaction.
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    Genesee & Wyoming to be acquired in US$8·4bn deal

    2019-07-01T14:32:13Z

    INTERNATIONAL: A consortium of Brookfield Infrastructure, GIC and Brookfield’s institutional partners has agreed to acquire short line group Genesee & Wyoming Inc in a US$8·4bn transaction. The consortium would pay US$112 per share in cash, with G&W becoming a privately held company. ‘We believe this transaction is an ...