UK news – Page 15

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    UK railway news round-up


    InPost is to install parcel lockers at more than 40 South Western Railway stations, starting with 14 in Greater London. ‘Our stations sit at the heart of the communities we serve, and we want them to offer more than simply a place for customers to travel ...

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    Andy Byford to become London’s next Transport Commissioner


    UK: The former President & Chief Executive Officer of New York City Transit Authority Andy Byford is to return to the UK as the next Commissioner of Transport for London, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced on May 27.

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    UK government aims to ‘permanently change’ transport use as tram and bus funding announced


    Source: Tony Miles UK: ‘We must plan our route to recovery’, said Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps at the government’s daily coronavirus briefing on May 23, when he announced £283m of funding ‘to ensure that more buses, trams and light rail networks return ...

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    10 rail schemes awarded business case development funding


    UK: The allocation of funding to support the development of business cases for 10 proposed rail enhancement projects was announced by Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps on May 23. He said this formed part of the government’s plan ‘to reverse some of the 1960s ...

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    Accessibility features of Greater Anglia Aventra EMUs highlighted


    UK: Greater Anglia has unveiled the accessibility features of the Class 720 Aventra electric multiple-units which Bombardier Transportation is supplying to operate outer-suburban commuter services into London Liverpool Street. ‘Our new trains will be much better for our disabled customers’, said Rebecca ...

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    Geobear fills the void


    UK: Story Contracting has awarded Geobear a contract to undertake repairs to the lining of Shugborough Tunnel on the Trent Valley Line, including filling eight hidden shafts with specialist geopolymer. This aims to mitigate risks associated with the hidden shafts, including dynamic loading on the tunnel ...

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    Grant to develop public transport social distancing technology


    Source: Transport for London UK: The Innovate UK innovation agency has awarded UrbanThings a grant to develop a coronavirus social distancing and contact tracing platform for public transport operators. This is intended to help ensure that transport systems can operate with social distancing measures in ...

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    Manchester seeks tram safety systems


    UK: Transport for Greater Manchester has begun a market sounding to gain a better understanding of the availability of technology which could automatically intervene if a tram approaches a higher risk location at a speed which could result in derailment, and also monitor the attentiveness of tram ...

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    West Coast Main Line repairs undertaken while travel demand is low


    UK: Network Rail has taken advantage of reduced travel demand during the coronavirus pandemic to close a section of the West Coast Main Line between Rugby and Milton Keynes which Gus Dunster, Executive Director of Operations at Avanti West Coast, said was ‘a notoriously difficult section to ...

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    Company fined after ORR brings its first prosecution for fatigue management failures


    UK: Renown Consultants Ltd has been fined £450 000 with £300 000 in costs after being convicted under the Health Safety at Work Act for failing to ensure that two of its workers were sufficiently rested to work and travel safely. The track workers ...

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    UK diesel-battery hybrid locomotive lease fleet ordered


    UK: Beacon Rail Leasing has awarded Clayton Equipment a contract to supply 15 diesel-battery locomotives, with options for more to be ordered over three years. The Hybrid+ CBD90 is a 90 tonne Bo-Bo locomotive, which Clayton says is the largest to be built in the UK ...

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    West Midlands Trains leads on social distancing approach as rail services ramp up


    UK: Practices adopted by West Midlands Trains to maintain social distancing rules amid the Covid-19 pandemic are set to form the basis for a wider approach among franchised operators. Photo: Tony Miles WMT operates medium-distance trains over the West Coast Main Line under the London ...

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    Open access operator Grand Central has extended its service suspension throughout June. ‘I think over the coming month we’ll get a really informative picture of passenger attitude, government intentions and how the industry is dealing with social distancing, but for now the most sensible course of ...

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    Old Oak Common HS2 station approved


    UK: The planning application for what HS2 Ltd says will be ‘the largest new railway station ever built in the UK’ was approved on May 19 by Old Oak Park Royal Development Corp, which is leading regeneration of the former railway and industrial site ...

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    DB Cargo UK opens London freight terminal


    UK: DB Cargo UK has officially opened its £7m freight terminal at Cricklewood in north London. This is intended to facilitate the movement of aggregates and spoil for major infrastructure developments such as High Speed 2 and the regeneration of Brent Cross, with the operator saying ...

  • : ‘Coronavirus poses monumental challenges to our city’s complex public transport network’, said Mayor of London Sadiq Khan
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    Social distancing measures in place as Transport for London increases services


    UK: ‘Coronavirus poses monumental challenges to our city’s complex public transport network’, said Mayor of London Sadiq Khan on May 18, when Transport for London began increasing its services to accommodate growing ridership as coronavirus lock-down measures are eased. The increase in ...

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    Investigation into human performance in signalling operations published


    UK: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has published the results of an investigation into human performance during signalling operations, looking at what affects decisions made by signallers and the systemic factors which may influence them. The investigation examined five categories of incident: user worked ...

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    Transport for London to receive emergency funding


    UK: The government has agreed to provide a grant of £1·095bn and a loan of £505m from the Public Works Loan Board to support continuity of operations at Transport for London. In return for the package of support running to October 17 which was agreed on ...

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    HS2 signalling and traffic management procurement gets underway


    UK: HS2 Ltd has formally begun the process of selecting a contractor to design, supply and support Control, Command, Signalling and Traffic Management Systems for the future high speed line. The contracts with an estimated combined value of £540m will cover: design, supply, installation, ...

  • The government’s message is still to avoid using public transport if at all possible (Photo: Tony Miles)
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    Franchising faces an uncertain future as ‘the clock is ticking’ on emergency agreement


    UK: The only certainty in the UK rail sector at the moment is that the future is uncertain, particularly as the government’s long-term message is still to avoid using public transport if at all possible, whilst encouraging people to return to work. The Department for Transport’s Emergency ...