UK news – Page 16

  • Vivarail and Arcola Energy are to collaborate to develop a battery and fuel cell powered multiple-unit.
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    Fuel cell proof-of-concept train to be tested

    2019-05-08T12:30:58Z

    UK: A collaboration agreement for the development of a multiple-unit able to operate on either hydrogen or battery power was announced by Vivarail and fuel cell specialist Arcola Energy on May 8. The companies said they ‘share a determination to help de-carbonise the UK’s transport system’. A diesel version ...

  • urostar is working with Deutsche Bahn to resolve a ticketing system compatibility issue which will prevent the German national operator from selling through tickets between Germany and the UK.
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    Eurostar and DB seek to solve through ticketing issue

    2019-05-07T11:44:19Z

    EUROPE: Eurostar is working with Deutsche Bahn to resolve a ticketing system compatibility issue which will prevent the German national operator from selling through tickets between Germany and the UK. Last year Eurostar awarded Dutch software company Sqills a contract to provide its S3 Passenger sales, distribution and reservation suite ...

  • GB Railfreight is investing £850 000 in two Corys full-cab ERTMS-capable locomotive simulators.
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    Written-off loco parts used for simulator

    2019-05-04T05:00:00Z

    UK: GB Railfreight is investing £850 000 in two Corys full-cab ERTMS-capable locomotive simulators for its new training school at Peterborough. The simulators are being built using the recycled remains of EMD locomotive 66 734, which was involved in a landslip and derailment at Loch Treig in 2012. ...

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    Tracsis acquires timetabling software specialist Bellvedi

    2019-05-02T11:35:29Z

    TRACSIS: Transport software supplier Tracsis Group announced its acquisition of timetabling tool specialist Bellvedi Ltd on May 1. UK-based Bellvedi’s ATTUne planning and ATTUne4C on-the-day control platforms are used by train operators, infrastructure manager Network Rail, franchise bidding teams and consultancies for planning and validating timetables. ‘Tracsis has known ...

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    UK railway news round-up

    2019-05-02T05:00:00Z

    Greater Anglia is to suspend seat reservations on its Norwich – London inter-city services for around six months from July 13, 'to prevent confusion or misunderstandings' during the transition to its new fleet. Advance fares will still be offered for specific services. 'The new trains are much longer than our ...

  • ‘The prospect of travel between the centre of London and Bordeaux in less than 5 h brings southwest France within easy reach for business travellers and holidaymakers’, said Keith Ludeman, Chair of HS1 Ltd.
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    London – Bordeaux high speed rail service ‘blueprint’

    2019-04-30T13:03:09Z

    EUROPE: A ‘blueprint’ for the operation of direct high speed services to and from London was presented to the Mayor of Bordeaux and the President of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region on April 29. The proposals are being developed jointly by HS1 Ltd, which manages the high speed line between London and ...

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    RDG proposes arms-length body to oversee UK rail

    2019-04-29T23:05:00Z

    UK: Greater accountability to rail users and devolved authorities is envisaged under proposals from the Rail Delivery Group published on April 30, along with the establishment of an ‘independent national organising body’ to co-ordinate and oversee the entire rail sector. Unveiling its proposals to the Williams Rail Review, which has ...

  • Network Rail has announced the award of six geographical Signalling & Telecoms framework contracts.
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    Network Rail announces signalling and telecoms framework deals worth £750m

    2019-04-29T13:19:28Z

    UK: Infrastructure manager Network Rail announced the award of six geographical Signalling & Telecoms framework contracts with an estimated total value of £750m on April 29. The S&T frameworks cover projects of varying value, including stand-alone level crossing works, major telecommunications works and related civil works, during regulatory Control Period ...

  • London to Scotland overnight train operator Caledonian Sleeper put the first of its new fleet of CAF coaches into service on April 28.
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    Caledonian Sleeper launches new CAF coaches

    2019-04-29T11:47:09Z

    UK: London to Scotland overnight train operator Caledonian Sleeper put the first of its new fleet of CAF coaches into service on April 28. The Mk V vehicles built in northern Spain are initially being used on the Lowlander route from London to Glasgow and Edinburgh. The Highlander route between ...

  • Crossrail Aventra.
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    Aventra EMU cybersecurity assessed

    2019-04-29T08:27:00Z

    UK: Ricardo and Roke Manor Research are working with Bombardier Transportation’s in-house teams to produce a full appraisal of the digital security risk profile of Aventra electric multiple-units, looking at their exposure to a range of possible threats from espionage to remote hacking. This is intended to provide Bombardier Transportation's ...

  • An ‘Access Map’ has been launched to provide rail users with information about accessibility at British stations.
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    Station Access Map aims to facilitate independent travel

    2019-04-27T05:00:00Z

    UK: An ‘Access Map’ has been launched to provide rail users with information about accessibility at stations. This includes whether stations have step free or partial step free access; what facilities are available, including accessible toilets and changing places, and alternative accessible stations. Developed by the Rail Delivery Group, train ...

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    UK railway news round-up

    2019-04-25T06:00:00Z

    The House of Commons Transport Select Committee has launched the ' Trains fit for the future? ' inquiry into the development of trains using alternative fuels such as hydrogen or batteries, and how vehicle design can be ‘future proofed’ to meet changing passenger needs. The deadline for written submissions is ...

  • A rethink of the way long-distance rail services are operated forms a key part of Virgin Trains’ submission to the Williams Rail Review.
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    Virgin Trains proposes airline model for long-distance rail travel

    2019-04-24T11:52:38Z

    UK: A complete rethink of the way long-distance rail services in Great Britain are operated forms a key part of Virgin Trains’ submission to the government’s Williams Rail Review of the rail industry. Despite the possibility that Virgin Trains will cease operating rail services in the UK within the next ...

  • Ambitious plans to launch a network of open access regional passenger services in western England are being developed by independent not-for-profit co-operative society GO-OP Co-operative Ltd.
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    Co-operative proposes Wessex open access train service

    2019-04-24T09:00:00Z

    UK: Ambitious plans to launch a network of open access regional passenger services in western England are being developed by independent not-for-profit co-operative society GO-OP Co-operative Ltd, which hopes to start operations in summer 2020. GO-OP is proposing to offer at least three direct trains each way per day between ...

  • YRP’s 10th annual black tie dinner took place in London on April 11.
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    YRP celebrates 10 years of success

    2019-04-24T07:33:00Z

    Professional networking and educational group Young Rail Professionals has developed an important role in a fragmented UK rail sector. Nick Kingsley asks co-founder Paul Cooper and former Chair Sabrina Ihaddaden to reflect on the organisation’s achievements in its first decade.

  • Siemens Mobility has submitted an outline planning application for a £200m rolling stock plant at Goole in East Yorkshire which would manufacture and commission vehicles for the UK market.
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    Siemens Mobility submits plans for Goole rolling stock plant

    2019-04-24T05:00:00Z

    UK: Siemens Mobility has submitted an outline planning application for a £200m rolling stock plant at Goole in East Yorkshire which would manufacture and commission vehicles for the UK market. This follows the signing last of November of a £1·5bn contract to supply 94 Inspiro London trainsets for London Underground’s ...

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    Vivarail D-Train enters passenger service

    2019-04-23T11:31:37Z

    UK: West Midlands Trains put its first Class 230 ‘D-Train’ DMU into passenger service on April 23, working the Marston Vale route between Bletchley and Bedford, which forms part of its London Northwestern Railway business unit. The Abellio-led franchise operator ordered the three two-car units from Vivarail to provide extra ...

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    Travel information and adverts at Stansted Airport

    2019-04-19T11:00:00Z

    UK: The baggage reclaim area at Stansted Airport now has digital screens which show live car, coach and rail journey time comparisons for travel to London Liverpool Street station. The project was jointly devised and created by train operator Greater Anglia, creative agency LIDA and DOOH.com, with ads appearing on ...

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    UK railway news round-up

    2019-04-18T05:00:00Z

    Network Rail recorded 619 balloon -related incidents in the past year, many involving helium balloons getting tangled around high voltage overhead wires, with a total cost to the industry of around £1m. 'Ideally, we’d ask people not to bring balloons into our stations’, said James Dean, Chief Operating Officer for ...

  • Contracts have been signed for Rolls-Royce to supply nine MTU Hybrid PowerPacks to Ireland’s Iarnród Éireann and four to UK leasing company Porterbrook.
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    Firm orders for Hybrid PowerPacks

    2019-04-16T15:23:32Z

    EUROPE: Contracts have been signed for Rolls-Royce to supply nine MTU Hybrid PowerPacks to Ireland’s Iarnród Éireann and four to UK leasing company Porterbrook. The firm orders announced on April 16 follows letters of intent announced at InnoTrans 2018. The Hybrid PowerPacks are to be delivered between May 2020 ...