UK news – Page 2

  • Freight terminal

    UK railway news round-up


    The Freight Transport Association has called on the government to secure the future of High Speed 2 and reassure businesses of its commitment to infrastructure investment. ‘FTA and its members are excited about the prospect of HS2 and what it can deliver for the logistics industry. ...

  • Transport for Wales Class 170 DMU

    Sunday service ‘revolution’ coming to Wales


    UK: Transport for Wales has announced a ‘Sunday railway revolution’, with the December timetable change due to bring a 40% increase in services as a step towards ‘a truly seven-day railway.’ The 186 additional services will include increased frequencies on the Valley Lines, the introduction of ...

  • Young Rail Professionals

    Rail Industry Ambassadors wanted


    UK: The Young Rail Professionals networking and educational association is recruiting volunteer Rail Industry Ambassadors to visit schools, colleges, universities and career fairs to raise awareness of the ‘fantastic’ career opportunities available within the rail industry. Ambassadors are sought from all levels of the industry, from ...

  • Saxmundham artists impression

    Fire-damaged Saxmundham station to be rebuilt


    UK: Greater Anglia has obtained planning approval to restore the main building at Saxmundham station, which lost its second floor, roof and chimneys in a fire in February 2018. Work will start early next year to remodel the structure as a single-storey building incorporating an ...

  • Goole Rail Manufacturing Plant MasterModel

    Arup and AHR to design Siemens Mobility’s Goole plant


    UK: Siemens Mobility has appointed Arup and architects AHR to design its £200m rolling stock manufacturing and commissioning plant at Goole in East Yorkshire. The 42 ha Goole 36 site is close to the M62 motorway. Siemens plans to have 80 000 m 2 ...

  • tn_gb-news-20190530-virgin.jpg

    Opinsta develops custom apps for Virgin Trains


    UK: Opinsta has worked with Virgin Trains to develop a defect reporting app which front line staff can use to log any technical problems with the Alstom Pendolino and Bombardier Transportation Voyager trainsets for review by maintenance teams and asset management systems. The app also provides ...

  • South Western Railway Class 701 Aventra EMU

    South Western Railway Class 701 Aventra suburban EMU unveiled


    ‘The new Class 701 trains will transform journeys for our customers with benefits including onboard wi-fi, at-seat charging points, real-time information screens, air-conditioning, wide gangways and wide doors to improve the ease of boarding and alighting’, said SWR Engineering Director Neil Drury.

  • Steel sections before the galvanizing process

    Midland Main Line electrification mast production reaches half way stage


    UK: Worksop Galvanizing is using what it says is the largest acid bath in the UK as part of the process of applying the protective coating to components for the 25 kV 50 Hz electrification support structures which are being installed between Bedford and Corby. ...

  • gb-london-underground-bakerloo-line

    Transport for London selects Arcadis asset management platform


    UK: Transport for London has awarded Arcadis company EAMS Group a contract to roll out its Metro Maximo enterprise asset management and health, safety and environment platforms across London Underground and London Trams. Rachel White, CEO Global Digital Business at Arcadis, said the award follwing a ...

  • tn_eu-eurostar-velaro-hs1.jpg

    HS1 awards fibre networking concession


    UK: Wholesale and custom fibre broadband infrastructure provider Nextgenaccess Ltd has agreed an exclusive 20-year concession enabling it to deploy fibres along High Speed 1 between London and Channel Tunnel. The company said this would provide the shortest fibre route to connect with interntional networks via ...

  • RBA-2020-logo3

    Strong field for 22nd Rail Business Awards


    UK: More than 50 companies and organisations representing many different aspects of the UK rail sector have been shortlisted for the 22nd Rail Business Awards.

  • Thameslink Key Smartcards now work all the way to Sevenoaks

    UK railway news round-up


    UK news 2 An agreement has been reached with the Department for Transport for LNER HST sets to be temporarily cascaded to East Midlands Railway . The sets were refurbished in 2016, and a new information system will be fitted before they ...

  • Network Rail

    Network Rail sets out plan to increase its expenditure with SMEs


    UK: Network Rail has published an action plan setting out how it intends to meet a government target of awarding 33% of its annual expenditure to small and medium sized enterprises by 2022. The infrastructure manager reported that its expenditure with SMEs had reached 25·6% in ...

  • gb-manchester trafford park tram on test

    Testing begins on Manchester’s Trafford Park tram extension


    UK: Testing has started on the Trafford Park extension of the Manchester Metrolink tram network. Low-speed night time testing is taking place between Pomona and Warren Bruce Road at the eastern end of the 5·5 km extension to the Trafford Centre retail complex. Due to open ...

  • Transport for Wales passengers

    Telecoms concession proposed to improve on-train connectivity


    UK: Network Rail is seeking information from telecoms suppliers to enable it assess the viability of awarding a concession for the provision of uninterrupted high-speed cellular internet and mobile reception between Wrexham and Holyhead. The infrastructure manager envisages that improved connectivity could be achieved at no ...

  • Railway

    City & Guilds Group buys railway training company Intertrain


    UK: City Guilds Group has acquired Intertrain, which provides more than 300 railway infrastructure training courses and trains more than 22 000 learners and 40 apprentices every year. The courses include Level 2 and 3 engineering apprenticeships, and re-skilling, upskilling and recertifying existing rail ...

  • British Steel supplies 95% of the rails used by Network Rail.

    Jingye agrees to buy British Steel business


    UK: China’s Jingye Group has entered into contracts to acquire the business and assets of British Steel Ltd (in liquidation), the Official Receiver and special managers from EY announced on November 11. British Steel supplies 95% of the rails used by Network Rail. ...

  • gb-NR-regions-routes-map-191111

    Network Rail regions take over project delivery


    UK: The next phase of Network Rail’s devolution strategy came into force on November 11, when responsibility for capital projects was transferred from the former centralised Infrastructure Projects business to the five geographical regions that were established in June to provide support for the 14 routes responsible ...

  • GB Railfreight

    Five election priorities for rail freight


    UK: The Rail Freight Group has set out its priorities for the next government, calling on all party leaders to include rail freight as part of their transport commitments ahead of the general election. RFG has called for policymakers to commit to ...

  • gb-RIA conf 2019-IMG_2822

    Freight sector needs more ‘good devolution’, RIA conference hears


    UK: ‘We need to find a way to maximise the “good devolution” and minimise the bad going forward’, Rail Freight Group Executive Director Maggie Simpson told the Railway Industry Association’s annual conference in London on November 7. The RIA conference included a panel discussion on devolution of ...