UK news – Page 25

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    Metro Report International

    Transport for London furloughs 25% of employees as fares income drops 90%


    UK: Transport for London placed 7 000 staff or around 25% of its employees on furlough for an initial period of three weeks from April 27, reporting that its main source of income ‘has almost disappeared’ in the light of government advice not to travel because of ...

  • The Rail Supply Group has launched a survey seeking views on the operational impact of Covid-19 on the rail supply chain and the path to recovery.
    Rail Business UK

    Supply chain’s views on Covid-19 recovery sought


    UK: The Rail Supply Group has launched a survey seeking views on the operational impact of Covid-19 on the rail supply chain and the path to recovery. Information from the survey, which opened on April 30, will inform the work of a coronavirus taskforce established ...

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    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


    Network Rail provided logistics and project management expertise to help deliver the NHS Nightingale Hospital North West in Manchester. Volunteers specialising in supply chain and logistics worked with the Army Reserve and NHS to get the temporary hospital at the Manchester Central conference centre open over ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Transport Support Unit formed


    UK: The government has announced the formation of a UK-wide Transport Support Unit which is ‘dedicated to fighting this pandemic’ by making use of spare transport capacity for logistics services to assist frontline responders while ridership is significantly reduced. Network Rail has the eighth largest commercial ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Gin distillery supplies Network Rail with hand sanitiser


    UK: Network Rail’s Central route has bought 300 bottles of hand sanitiser produced by the Piston Gin distillery in Worcester. The hand sanitiser is being used in signal boxes across the route, as well as at the main signalling centre in Birmingham where signallers are working ...

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    Rail Business UK

    UK announces support for light rail during the pandemic


    UK: The Department for Transport has confirmed that a ‘multi-million pound’ package of emergency funding will be provided for light rail networks as part of measures aimed at keeping essential transport services running during the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement covers the light rail networks in Sheffield, ...

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    Rail Business UK

    GBRf trials EMU to move medical supplies


    UK: GB Railfreight has trialled the use of a commuter EMU for express delivery of parcels, with a view to delivering urgent medical supplies to major hospitals during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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    Rail Business UK

    Harsco targets UK light rail with specialist grinder


    UK: Infrastructure maintenance company Harsco Rail and small plant manufacturer Möser Maschinenbau have joined forces to launch the Ro-V 149 road-rail grinding machine in the UK. The grinding machine is aimed particularly at tram and light rail operators who in the past have generally relied on ...

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    Rail Business UK

    DB Cargo UK launches service ‘despite economic downturn’


    UK: DB Cargo UK has begun a weekly service moving aggregates from Peak Forest in Derbyshire to Small Heath in Birmingham on behalf of CEMEX. ‘It’s great to be in a position to continue to offer our customers new opportunities in the current economic climate’, ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Great Anglia temporarily closes ticket offices during lockdown


    UK: With its passenger numbers down by more than 90%, Greater Anglia temporarily closed 34 ticket offices with effect from April 19 and reduced opening hours at a further seven. Offices consistently selling less than 20 tickets/day have been closed, except for those near big hospitals. ...

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    Rail Business UK

    ‘Confident and contemporary’ Curzon Street HS2 station approved


    Curzon Street station UK: Birmingham City Council granted planning permission for the Curzon Street High Speed 2 station on April 23. Invitations to tender for the construction contract are to be issued this summer. The council’s report said the ...

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    Rail Business UK

    NR concludes ‘biggest upgrading at Guildford in 40 years’


    UK: Network Rail completed a 10-day rehabilitation of the railway around Guildford on April 20. Around 1 500 metres of new track was installed on the lines approaching Guildford from Worplesdon and Wanborough, 41 track circuits were refurbished to improve reliability and 1 200 metres of ...

  • Industry sources confirm that train operating companies have been asked to prepare to reinstate a significant number of services from May 18.
    Rail Business UK

    UK government planning increase in rail services from May 18


    UK: Despite an explicit denial of any proposals to increase passenger rail services when First Secretary of State Dominic Raab was questioned at the government’s daily coronavirus press briefing on April 22, industry sources confirm that train operating companies have been asked to prepare to reinstate a ...

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    Rail Business UK

    DB Cargo UK names new CEO


    UK: DB Cargo UK’s Chief Financial Officer, Andrea Rossi, will become Chief Executive on September 1, succeeding Hans-Georg Werner who announced in 2015 that he intended to retire when his current contract comes to an end this year. Rossi has worked for ...

    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


    Northern Ireland transport operator Translink has wrapped two of NI Railways ’ CAF diesel multiple-units in ‘trainbows’ to support the #ChaseTheRainbow movement to display ‘rainbows of hope’ while promoting the advice to stay home during the Covid-19 crisis. 3Squared has obtained ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Manchester Metrolink faces financial crisis and Merseyrail struggling to survive, mayors warn


    UK: Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has warned that services on the region’s Metrolink light rail system could be suspended unless government funding is provided, while his Liverpool City Region counterpart Steve Rotheram said Merseyrail suburban rail services also need help. Urgent action needed ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Railway embankment loading research contract


    UK: Network Rail has awarded Mott MacDonald a contract to lead the overall technical direction of Stage 2 of the Embankment Traffic Loading applied research programme, which is investigating the response of embankment clay fill to increased traffic loads and the implications for trackbed impact assessment. ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Signaller training centre to keep trains moving through the pandemic


    UK: Network Rail has converted former testing workshops and meeting rooms at Newport into a temporary training centre to ensure it has enough skilled signallers to keep trains in the Wales Western Region moving during the coronavirus crisis. More than ...

    Rail Business UK

    Vampire rolling stock dynamics modelling software finds a new home


    UK: SNC-Lavalin has acquired the rights to to develop, support and licence the Vampire Pro software which is used model the dynamic behaviour of railway vehicles in response to track and other external forces. This follows Resonate’s decision to withdraw from vehicle dynamics consultancy, and ...

  • The line serving Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire was reopened on April 20, after what Network Rail described as as ‘unprecedented 24/7 operation’ to repair flood damage.
    Rail Business UK

    ‘Unprecedented 24/7 operation’ repairs the flooded railway to Drax


    UK: The line serving Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire was reopened on April 20, after what Network Rail described as as ‘unprecedented 24/7 operation’ to repair flood damage. The branch on the former Hull Barnsley Railway alignment between Hensall ...