UK news – Page 2

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    UK railway news round-up


    LNER is to trial at-seat catering during August, with passengers ordering and paying for food and drink using the Let’s Eat At Your Seat app which was developed by QikServe as part of the LNER FutureLabs accelerator programme. The operator said this would provide confidence to ...

  • The Rail Services Decarbonisation Action Plan sets out an indicative phased programme of electrification running to 2035
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    Plan to decarbonise Scottish passenger trains by 2035


    UK: Full decarbonisation of passenger rail services in Scotland by 2035 including the electrification of an average of 130 track-km/year is envisaged in an action plan published by Transport Scotland on July 28. Developed in collaboration with Network Rail Scotland and ScotRail, the Rail Services ...

  • gb Wallington station GTR coronavirus posters
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    Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements announcement delayed


    UK: Despite industry expectations, details of the Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements which are due replace the current Emergency Measures Agreements with passenger train operators from September were not released before the end of the Parliamentary session on July 22. Rail Business UK understands that discussions ...

  • gb Greater Anglia Stansted Express Class 745_1 at Stansted Airport
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    Stansted Express Class 745/1 trainsets enter passenger service


    UK: The first two of the 10 Stadler Flirt Class 745/1 electric multiple-units ordered for Greater Anglia’s Stansted Express service entered passenger service on the route between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport on July 28. ‘This milestone marks the start of ...

  • Northern seats out of use
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    Operators unable to meet DfT ambition for full timetable from September 7


    UK: Industry sources confirm that the Department for Transport has asked passenger operators to work towards a ‘near-full timetable’ from September 7 as part of the government’s plan to encourage people to start using public transport and to return to working normally. At the moment no ...

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    HS2 contractor mandates active hearing protection with integrated noise monitoring


    UK: Following trials with ear defenders developed by Eave as part of the HS2 Innovation programme, the Costain-Skanska joint venture is to mandate the use of active hearing protection with integrated noise monitoring across its HS2 sites from September 1. Unlike passive protection, the headsets allow ...

  • Electrification renewals (Photo: Network Rail).
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    Railway Industry Association sets out trade policy expectations


    UK: The Railway Industry Association has set out four key requests to the government as the UK looks to develop an independent trade policy following the end of the Brexit transition period. These are for: rail to continue to be included in the negotiation ...

  • TfL Image - Station poster Stay 6 steps apart on escalators 2
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    Second review of Transport for London’s financial options announced


    UK: The Transport for London board chaired by Mayor Sadiq Khan has commissioned an independent review of Transport for London’s long-term funding and financing options. This will be carried out in parallel with a previously-announced review of TfL financing which is being undertaken by the Department for ...

  • gb Croydon Tramlink Therapia Lane coronavirus poster
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    Inquiry to consider implications of the pandemic for public transport


    UK: The longer-term implications of the coronavirus pandemic for public transport are to be examined by the House of Commons’ Transport Select Committee, which has called for written evidence on the extent that the pandemic ‘could, and should’, be used as an opportunity to influence how people ...

  • HS2 Birmingham Curzon Street station impression (2)
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    HS2 Ltd implements Project Bank Accounts


    UK: Following a successful trial on two enabling works contracts, HS2 Ltd has approved the use of Project Bank Accounts across existing and future contracts for construction of the first phase of the high speed line. PBAs are designed to provide speedier payments and greater transparency ...

  • The allocation of £589m to ‘kickstart’ the enhancement of the trans-Pennine main line between Leeds, Huddersfield and Manchester was announced by Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps
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    £589m to ‘kickstart’ Transpennine Route Upgrade


    UK: The allocation of £589m to ‘kickstart’ the enhancement of the trans-Pennine main line between Leeds, Huddersfield and Manchester was announced by Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps on July 23, along with details of a Northern Transport Acceleration Council which is to be formed ...

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    UK railway news round-up


    LNER is selling reusable face masks with designs inspired by the cities of Edinburgh, London and Newcastle. They cost £13·50, with proceeds going to the operator’s chosen charity, the Campaign Against Living Miserably. The 10 bridges on Network Rail’s Anglia ...

  • Alstom said the resulting units would be designated Class 600, the first class in the 6xx number series which is to be used for vehicles using hydrogen and other alternative forms of traction.
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    Alstom Breeze hydrogen train designated Class 600


    UK: Alstom and leasing company Eversholt Rail are to invest a further £1m to ‘fast track’ development of the Breeze hydrogen multiple-unit concept, and envisage that the first production trains could be in service in 2024. The Breeze concept involves fitting fuel cells to surplus Eversholt-owned ...

  • gb Artist impression of Birmingham University Station
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    Birmingham University station upgrade funding confirmed


    UK: The Department of Transport announced £12m of funding for the £56m project to rebuild University station in Birmingham on July 22. It is the seventh busiest station on the West Midlands Trains network, serving the fourth largest university in the UK, nearby schools and the ...

  • SWR Class 442
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    Class 442 panel contract awarded


    UK: South Western Railway has awarded DB ESG a turnkey contract for the design, approval, supply, installation and testing of 36 drivers’ desk panels for 18 Class 442 EMUs. The panels are required for the re-tractioning of the units, which will involve considerable alterations to the ...

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    UrbanThings raises funding for smart mobility platform development


    UK: UrbanThings has raised a further £455 000 to support the development of its travel information, ticketing and customer insight platform, taking the total to £1·5m. ‘This fundraise will allow us to accelerate the development of our demand-responsive transit and smart mobility platform allowing transport operators ...

  • The government is to review the financial structure of Transport for London (Photo: TfL)
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    Government sets out details of Transport for London financial review


    UK: Cost efficiencies, workforce modernisation, alternative potential operating models and ‘exploring the feasibility of extending driverless operation from the Docklands Light Railway to other lines which are already automatic’ are to be considered by a government review into the financial structure of Transport for London. ...

  • Waterloo LED screen - hi res
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    High-definition information screen on test at London Waterloo


    UK: Network Rail and South Western Railway are testing a 3 m wide and 1·5 m high full-colour high-definition passenger information display screen supplied by Infotec at London Waterloo station. Network Rail said this was the first time that a full colour LED display had been ...

  • GTR coronavirus sign
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    Rail Supply Group’s Coronavirus Taskforce sets out path to recovery


    UK: The Rail Supply Group’s Coronavirus Taskforce has published its report setting out actions needed to support the recovery of the supply chain from the effects of the pandemic. Having been tasked by the government with drawing up a recovery plan for the rail sector, RSG commissioned an independent ...

  • Northern train during the coronavirus pandemic
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    Rail industry responds to transport reopening in England


    UK: ‘In England, from today we are making clear that anybody may use public transport, while of course encouraging people to consider alternative means of transport where they are available’, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on July 17. Johnson went on to say that ‘from August ...