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    Option enables SWR to expand Class 701 fleet


    UK: A contract amendment has been agreed which gives South Western Railway an option to acquire up to five more Class 701 Aventra electric multiple-units from Bombardier Transportation through leasing company Rock Rail. The original £895m agreement between First MTR South Western Trains Ltd and Rock ...

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    Tram driver safety wristband under development


    UK: Edinburgh Trams is leading development of a wristband which would monitor and analyse tram driver fatigue and well-being, with trials are planned for later this year. Data from the wearable technology would be analysed in real time, triggering alerts at the operations control centre if ...

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    Rail Needs Assessment to prioritise major projects in Midlands and north


    Photo: Tony Miles UK: The National Infrastructure Commission published an interim report on July 15 setting out how it will undertake a Rail Needs Assessment to inform the government’s Integrated Rail Plan for the Midlands and northern England. Announced by the government in February, the ...

  • HS2 electric forklift
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    UK railway news round-up


    A Faresin Eco Telehandler electric forklift supplied by plant hire company Flannery is being trialled by HS2 main works civils contractor Skanska Costain Strabag to assess the fuel, carbon and cost savings and the reduction in noise and the need for refuelling vehicles. ...

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    Stobart Rail & Civils bought by Bavaria Industries


    UK: Stobart Group Ltd has sold its Stobart Rail Civils plant hire and civil engineering business to Bavaria Industries Group, a München-based family holding company that acquires majority interests in companies where it believes there is potential for improvement. A total of 188 employees ...

  • Northern Class 195 DMU (Photo: Tony Miles)
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    Flexible ticket trial as Transport for the North plans contactless roll-out


    UK:· A smart card-based carnet-style ticketing product valid for travel on Northern services between Leeds and Harrogate has been launched, enabling passengers to buy a bundle of 10 tickets each valid for a day of unlimited travel which can be used at any time during the next ...

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    Architecture competition aims to shape the future of smaller stations


    UK: An international competition which aims to ‘shape the future of Britain’s railway stations’ has been launched by Network Rail and the Royal Institute of British Architects. Architects, engineers and designers have been asked to ‘reimagine’ the 2 000+ small and medium-sized stations which make up ...

  • Major projects include Toronto’s Ontario Line and the Yonge North, Scarborough and Eglinton West extensions
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    Rail export opportunities in Canada, Australia and New Zealand


    INTERNATIONAL: Business opportunities in Canada, Australia and New Zealand will be discussed in the next two in the series of webinars which the UK Department for International Trade and the Railway Industry Association are running to assist British railway suppliers looking to win export orders. The ...

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    Face coverings to be compulsory on trains in Wales


    UK: The Welsh Government has announced that three-layer face coverings will be mandatory on public transport in Wales from July 27. Face coverings are already mandatory on trains in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Speaking at the daily Welsh Government coronavirus briefing, First Minister Mark ...

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    Renationalisation mooted as government exerts greater control over TOCs


    UK: The Department for Transport is looking to ‘reset’ its approach to railway operations and funding with the introduction of 18-month Emergency Remedial Measures Agreements in September to replace the current Emergency Measures Agreements, according to senior rail sector insiders.

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    Messaging rethink urged as rail faces slow recovery


    UK: Rail industry insiders are urging a rethink of government messaging to avoid using public transport, amid suggestions that a recovery of rail traffic to pre-Covid levels may not be achieved within two years.

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    Network Rail opens £14m depot in Doncaster


    UK: Network Rail has opened a £14m depot in Doncaster where almost 600 people will be based. Mallard House, named after the steam locomotive, features gender neutral toilets and changing rooms as well as lifts for accessibility. Rob McIntosh, Managing Director for Network Rail’s Eastern ...

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    ONS reviews sector classification of Train Operating Companies


    UK: The Office for National Statistics is assessing whether the government’s Emergency Measures Agreements mean Train Operating Companies’ debts should be included on the national balance sheet. The result of the review of the sector classification of TOCs will be announced as soon as possible, ONS ...

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    Eurostar looks to cut costs with reduced hours and part-time working


    EUROPE: Eurostar is looking to reduce its payroll costs through the introduction of reduced hours and more part-time working ‘wherever possible throughout 2021’, in a move which the cross-Channel high speed operator said was intended to protect jobs at a time when ‘the impact of Covid-19 has ...

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    UK railway news round-up


    HS2 contractor Skanska Costain Strabag JV has awarded 3Squared a three-year contract to supply its RailSmart software to provide visibility of its complex freight supply chain, with live performance, cost management information and operational control data in real-time. This will include bespoke enhancements for ...

  • The treaties signed in Brussels on July 7 add the Netherlands to a 1993 agreement between the UK, France and Belgium which enables passengers to pass through juxtaposed checks by border officials from both the departure and destination countries before bo

    Agreements signed to allow direct Amsterdam – London trains


    EUROPE: Eurostar is set to launch direct services between Amsterdam and London later this year, following the signing on July 7 of four-country agreements covering the legal and security arrangements. A date for the start of through services has not yet been finalised, the high speed ...

  • The government is preparing for a further 18 months of financial support for passenger train operators once the existing Emergency Measures Agreements expire on September 20, industry insiders have confirmed.
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    Franchise support to be extended by 18 months


    UK: The government is preparing for a further 18 months of financial support for passenger train operators once the existing Emergency Measures Agreements expire on September 20, industry insiders have confirmed. A formal decision is expected to be announced by Secretary of State for Transport Grant ...

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    Emergency support for Glasgow Subway and Edinburgh Trams


    UK: The Scottish Government is to provide up to £9m of emergency funding for the Glasgow Subway and Edinburgh Trams to help mitigate the financial impact of the drop in ridership as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The emergency measures announced on July 7 will ...

  • Snowdon Mountain Railway Clayton Equipment locomotive
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    Snowdon Mountain Railway takes delivery of diesel-battery locomotives


    UK: The Snowdon Mountain Railway has taken delivery of two 800 mm gauge diesel-battery hybrid Abt rack locomotives ordered last year from Clayton Equipment, which specialises in the production of bespoke designs for specialist railway, metro, mining and tunnelling applications. Thanks to the hybrid drive, ...

  • Blackpool Flexity 2 tram
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    Blackpool trams to resume as UK light rail operators reflect government guidance


    UK: Blackpool’s trams are to begin operating once more from July 19, having been suspended since March 29 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Operator Blackpool Transport said the resumption of services on the 16 km route was intended to ‘support the town’s economy and provide an ...