UK news – Page 17

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    Rail Business UK

    RSSB offers membership fee payment delay

    2020-03-31T06:00:00Z

    UK: Rail safety and standards body RSSB has offered its members with an annual turnover below £10m the chance to defer payment of their 2020-21 membership levy for until later in the year. The measure affects more than half of RSSB’s members, who can continue ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Grand Central commits to revised timetable, but Blackpool launch likely to be delayed

    2020-03-30T16:25:00Z

    UK: Asked whether Grand Central was planning to follow the other East Coast Main Line open access operator Hull Trains in temporarily stopping operations because of the coronavirus pandemic, Grand Central Managing Director Richard McClean told Rail Business UK on March 30 ‘we remain committed to ...

  • The Department for Transport has directly awarded incumbent FirstGroup a new three-year contract to continue to operate Great Western services
    Rail Business UK

    FirstGroup says new Great Western contract has ‘appropriate balance’ of risk and reward

    2020-03-30T10:34:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport has directly awarded incumbent FirstGroup a new three-year contract to continue to operate Great Western services from the expiry of the current direct award on April 1 2020 until March 31 2023, with a possible extension of up to one year at ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Southeastern given direct award management contract

    2020-03-30T10:34:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport has announced a direct award contract for incumbent Govia to continue operating the South Eastern franchise, which covers commuter and regional passenger services between London, Kent and East Sussex. The contract announced on March 30 runs from April 1 2020 ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Hull Trains suspends services ‘to protect long-term future of business’

    2020-03-29T18:51:00Z

    UK: Open access operator Hull Trains announced on March 29 that was temporarily suspending services with effect from midnight, in a move which it said aimed to ‘safeguard the future of the business’ in the ‘unprecedented circumstances’ of the coronavirus pandemic. Arrangements have been made for tickets ...

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    Rail Business UK

    UK rolling stock manufacturers suspend production

    2020-03-27T11:14:00Z

    UK: Bombardier Transportation, CAF and Hitachi Rail have temporarily put the production of rolling stock at their UK plants on hold as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. ‘In the current unprecedented circumstances, we want to protect our people from Covid-19, support the government’s efforts to ...

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    Rail Business UK

    3Squared moves to larger office

    2020-03-27T06:00:00Z

    UK: Rail software company 3Squared has moved into a larger 9 000 m 2 office within the same Fountain Precinct building in central Sheffield. The company currently has 52 staff, and the larger office renovated at a cost of £250 000 will enable it to ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Infrarail rescheduled to take place alongside Railtex 2021

    2020-03-26T16:33:00Z

    UK: The Infrarail 2020 railway infrastructure trade fair has been rescheduled because of the coronavirus outbreak. It will now be co-located with the Railtex 2021 exhibition of railway equipment and services, which is due to be held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on May 11-13 ...

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    Urban news

    Edinburgh tram extension site works on hold during pandemic

    2020-03-26T11:40:00Z

    UK: Edinburgh Council has instructed contractors Morrison Utility Services and Sacyr Farrans Neopul to cease site works for the construction of the tramway extension from York Place to Newhaven. The contractors are to make the construction sites safe by the end of the week before shutting ...

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    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up

    2020-03-26T06:00:00Z

    Network Rail has temporarily extended all Sentinel railway competences and medical certificates by four months, in order to mitigate the risk of not having sufficient skilled people to maintain the network safely for freight and key worker services. Rail Alliance is providing its members ...

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    Solo Rail Solutions works with Manufacturing Technology Centre

    2020-03-25T06:00:00Z

    UK: Train interior manufacturer Solo Rail Solutions has entered into a collaborative project with the Manufacturing Technology Centre, which specialises in digital and additive manufacturing, intelligent automation and robotics. Solo is working with MTC as part of the government’s SME Reach project. It will focus on ...

  • Crossrail Ltd announced on March 24 that work on the cross-London rail project would be suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.
    Rail Business UK

    Crossrail work suspended

    2020-03-24T15:55:00Z

    UK: Crossrail Ltd announced on March 24 that work on the cross-London rail project would be suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. The organisation said it was working with its Tier 1 contractors to safely close down sites at the earliest opportunity. The announcement came amid ...

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    Rail Business UK

    East Coast resignalling partners appointed

    2020-03-24T15:05:00Z

    UK: Network Rail has selected Siemens Mobility and Atkins as its partners for the programme to roll out ETCS Level 2 train control and traffic management on the southern section of the East Coast Main Line.

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    Rail Business UK

    Tracsis acquires ticketing software specialist iBlocks

    2020-03-24T06:00:00Z

    UK: Transport software company Tracsis plc has acquired smart ticketing, back office and automated delay repay specialist iBlocks. Tracsis said the acquisition would support its objective of strengthening its rail product portfolio in areas where it can offer a unique market proposition. The company would gain ...

  • The Department for Transport has given the franchised passenger train operators it is responsible for the opportunity to move to temporary management contracts.
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    UK train operators offered management contracts or nationalisation

    2020-03-23T10:29:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport has given the franchised passenger train operators it is responsible for the opportunity to move to temporary management contracts. On March 23 DfT said it would temporarily suspend existing franchise agreements and transfer all revenue and cost risk to the government ...

  • Stadler Flirt EMU for Greater Anglia’s Stansted Express service between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport (Photo: Greater Anglia/Nick Strugnell).
    Rail Business UK

    Quartz keeps watch to help keep time

    2020-03-23T06:00:00Z

    UK: Greater Anglia has begun using software which was developed by Amey Consulting for Network Rail to better understand the performance of trains at stations and individual platforms. The Quartz software filters through existing train monitoring data streams to quickly and simply present to-the-second punctuality at ...

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    Urban news

    Manchester Metrolink opens Trafford Park line

    2020-03-22T13:20:00Z

    UK: The 5·5 km Manchester Metrolink light rail extension to the Trafford Centre shopping complex was opened for revenue service on March 22, around seven months ahead of the original target date.

  • Clayton Equipment has agreed a contract to supply a further two Hybrid+ CBD90 battery-diesel locomotives to Tata Steel’s Port Talbot steelworks
    Rail Business UK

    Steelworks locomotive order

    2020-03-21T06:00:00Z

    UK: Clayton Equipment has agreed a contract to supply a further two Hybrid+ CBD90 battery-diesel locomotives to Tata Steel’s Port Talbot steelworks, taking the total order to five. The CBD90 is a 90 tonne Bo-Bo locomotive are powered by a EU Stage V compliant diesel engine, ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Transport Select Committee to question Shapps on coronavirus implications

    2020-03-20T14:33:00Z

    UK: The House of Commons Transport Select Committee is to question Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps about the impact of coronavirus on transport at 14.30 on March 25. As the situation changes daily, the Committee will be asking how the Department for Transport is ...

  • The government and rail sector have agreed a plan for the gradual reduction of train services to reflect lower passenger demand as people stop unnecessary travel and decrease non-essential social contact
    Rail Business UK

    Rail services to be reduced to match demand and provide resilience

    2020-03-20T12:57:00Z

    UK: The government and rail sector have agreed a plan for the gradual reduction of train services to reflect lower passenger demand as people stop unnecessary travel and decrease non-essential social contact in line with advice to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Under plans ...