UK news – Page 16

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    Northumberland Line reopening plan advances


    UK: Following the completion of the outline business case and option selection, AECOM and SLC Rail have been give the go-ahead to provide project management, design, operations and advisory services for the design phase of the Northumberland Line project. This would see the the reintroduction of ...

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    Demand to be managed down as part of train service ramp-up strategy


    UK: With the Department for Transport expecting passenger services to step up to a ‘Saturday service’ level from May 18, train operators have warned that social distancing measures mean that capacity across the network will continue to be very limited. Between 65% and 80% of normal ...

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    UK railway news round-up


    Translink has awarded Bridgeway Consulting Ltd a £1·6m contract to provide training and competency assessment for Northern Ireland Railways staff. This will cover a variety of areas relating to track maintenance, including inspection, maintenance, technical standards, vegetation management and the use of powered equipment. ...

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    Concern grows over future of open access operators


    UK: The future of open access services remains uncertain as both Hull Trains and Grand Central face up to the implications of tighter Department for Transport requirements on passenger safety when rail services are stepped up from May 18. Talking to Rail Business UK , ...

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    Very light rail track under development


    UK: The Coventry Very Light Rail scheme to develop a low-cost transport system for medium-sized cities has been awarded £1∙5m of West Midlands Combined Authority funding to support the design and development of track for use by lightweight battery powered vehicles. The project aims to design ...

  • c2c is working with IBM to bring Trenitalia's PICO multi-channel and medium-independent ticket retailing technology to the UK market.
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    Crossrail EMUs approved for ETCS operation


    UK: The Office of Rail & Road announced on May 11 that it had approved the use of ETCS onboard equipment on the Bombardier-built Class 345 EMUs, paving the way for the trains to be introduced on TfL Rail services to Heathrow Airport.

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    HS2 Ltd calls tenders for track contracts


    UK: HS2 Ltd has begun the process of appointing contractors to design and build 280 km of slab track between London, Birmingham and Crewe. Four separate track packages will be awarded: Phase 1 Lot 1 Urban London and Birmingham, estimated at £434m; Phase ...

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    Colne – Skipton reopening moves closer


    UK: Rail minister Chris Heaton-Harris has confirmed that investigations have been commissioned into the proposed reinstatement of the 19·3 km Colne – Skipton ‘missing link’ connecting east Lancashire and west Yorkshire.

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    Free webinars to support UK rail suppliers seeking export opportunities


    UK: The Railway Industry Association is holding a series of free webinars in partnership with the Department for International Trade to support UK rail companies looking to win export business. Participants will hear from DIT Trade Advisors about opportunities arising in a number of European countries. ...

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    Siemens Mobility receives 200 applications for Goole apprenticeship programme


    UK: Siemens Mobility Ltd has selected Selby College as the training partner for its future £200m production plant at Goole, and has received 200 applications for the first 12 apprentice roles. The apprentices will be the first of up to 700 employees ...

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    Hybrid shunter conversion ready for testing


    TRACTION: A 60 year old diesel shunting locomotive has been re-engineered with a low-emission hybrid traction package using automotive technology, as part of a research programme backed by the UK’s Department for Transport.

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    Making transport data more accessible for innovators


    UK: As leader of the £8m ConVEx programme to create a national transport research data exchange facility, Transport for West Midlands has awarded Chordant Inc a contract to supply and support a software platform which will collate data from a range of sources and make it available ...

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    Network Rail to provide references to help UK suppliers win overseas business


    UK: Network Rail will now provide written references for British suppliers which are bidding for overseas contracts and export opportunities. The infrastructure manager said the move reflected its commitment to the Rail Sector Deal, under which the government and rail industry aim ...

  • Greater Anglia fogging guns
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    UK railway news round-up


    Work has begun to remove 14 of the 37 spans of the Bletchley Flyover across the West Coast Main Line which need to be rebuilt to modern standards for the East West Rail project. Preparatory removal of lineside equipment and overhead electric lines has been taking ...

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    National campaign may be needed to get passengers back on public transport


    UK: City transport operators could face a 20% fall in ridership after Covid-19 travel restrictions are lifted, according to survey undertaken by Systra Of respondents who are expecting to reduce their use of public transport, 49% will do so because of concerns over getting ill; 24% ...

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    Grand Central surveys passenger attitudes to support restart planning


    UK: Grand Central has launched what it calls an ‘ambitious open-ended survey’ to gauge current public attitudes to rail travel. The Arriva-owned open access operator intends to use the findings to plan the restart of its passenger services following a ‘hibernation’ which was implemented when Covid-19 ...

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    Transport call centre switches over to home working


    UK: Transport customer call centre provider ESP Group worked with its technology supplier EKO to switch more than 200 employees to home working over three days to enable it continue its operations during the pandemic. It has also set up three additional emergency lines to support key ...

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    LNER FutureLabs innovation programme launched


    UK: The LNER FutureLabs programme has been launched to provide an opportunity for technology start-ups to test their ideas in the railway environment. The programme has three ‘challenges’: More Journeys, More Often: digital services that encourage more people to travel by train; Personalised ...

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    CAF Rail UK awarded DMU maintenance contract


    UK: Translink has awarded CAF Rail UK a contract to continue to maintain NI Railways’ fleet of 23 Class 3000 diesel multiple-units which entered service from 2004. The new contract runs for 15 years from April, and is worth more than €60m. The work will ...