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    Warrington West station opens


    UK: Warrington West station opened with the December 15 timetable change. It is managed by Northern, which operates two trains an hour to Warrington Central and Manchester and two in the opposite direction to Liverpool. Construction was undertaken by Balfour Beatty and Network Rail. The ...

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    Telent awarded Transport for London communication assets contract


    UK: Transport for London has awarded Telent Technology Services Ltd a new contract with an expanded scope covering the management of its wide range of communication assets. This includes public address speakers, CCTV cameras inside and on buildings, customer help points, and information displays. The ...

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    Robroyston station inaugurated


    UK: The £14m Robroyston station on the Glasgow to Cumbernauld line opened with the December 15 timetable change. ScotRail said the station would provide residents of Robroyston and Millerston with better access to Scotland’s two largest cities, provide a 263-space park-and-ride site ...

  • Virgin Trains leases 20 Voyager units for the InterCity West Coast franchise.

    Avanti West Coast and Bombardier sign three-year maintenance contract


    UK: Avanti West Coast has awarded Bombardier Transportation a £117m three-year contract to ‘refresh’ and continue to maintain its 20 Class 221 Super Voyager diesel-electric multiple-units until December 11 2022. Under the train services agreement, maintenance will continue to be undertaken at Bombardier’s Central Rivers depot, ...

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    Sheffield tram-train fleet taken out of service for inspection


    UK: Stagecoach Supertram tram train services between Sheffield and Rotherham were suspended on December 13, after manufacturer Stadler advised the operator that the seven Citylink tram-tram vehicles needed to be taken out of service for inspection. This followed what Supertram described as a ‘tram engineering issue‘. ...

  • Recycled carbon fibre bogie

    Lightweight bogie made from recycled carbon fibre


    UK: A prototype passenger vehicle bogie made from recycled carbon fibre was unveiled at the Railway Industry Association’s Unlocking Innovation event at the University of Huddersfield on December 10. The bogie is being developed through a two-year programme being undertaken by a consortium of fibre recycling ...

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    West Midlands Trains looks to roll back service changes


    UK: West Midlands Trains has conceded that its May 2019 timetable change did not work well, particularly for its London Northwestern division which implemented a radical change involving joining up into through trains services which previously terminated at Birmingham New Street. Accepting that ‘day to ...

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    Rail industry responds to general election result


    UK: Responding to the Conservative victory in the general election held on December 12, Railway Industry Association Chief Executive Darren Caplan called on ‘all parliamentarians to work with the supply sector to deliver a long-term 30-year strategy for rail, which extends well beyond five-year electoral cycles’. ...

  • Southern training

    Course builds opportunities for ex-military personnel


    UK: Govia Thameslink Railway is sending staff from Southern’s newly-formed in-house maintenance team on an intensive five-week Level 1 foundation course in property maintenance run by Chichester College. The Building Heroes charity puts ex-servicemen and women through the same course, with Southern helping towards the cost ...

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    UK railway news round-up


    Network Rail has launched a fact-finding exercise seeking to obtain information about the latest developments in technology for the removal of rail-head contamination such as moisture, diesel fuel, grease and vegetation. Govia Thameslink Railway is providing automatic defibrillators at a ...

  • Pacer

    Pacer DMUs made available to emergency services, heritage and community railways


    UK: Leasing company Angel Trains has annaunced it will offer a ‘small number’ of Class 142 Pacer DMUs to heritage railways and emergency services following their withdrawal from service with Northern. The proceeds will be donated to a charity of the organisation’s choice for the emergency ...

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    Catenary-free tram extension inaugurated in Birmingham


    UK: The first phase of the Westside tram extension in Birmingham opened to passengers on December 11. The extension runs from Grand Central, which serves New Street railway station, to Library stop in Centenary Square, with an intermediate stop at Town Hall in Victoria Square. ...

  • Refurbished Grand Central Class 180

    Grand Central completes £9m fleet refurbishment


    UK: Arriva TrainCare’s Eastleigh site has completed a £9m two-year programme to undertake the mid-life refurbishment of 10 Alstom Class 180 Adelante inter-city DMUs for open access operator Grand Central. The trains have had a full interior refresh, with new seats ...

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    Take a virtual tour of Hull Trains before booking a ticket


    UK: Hull Trains has added a virtual tour of its new Hitachi Class 802 Paragon trainsets on its website, enabling passengers to ‘walk through’ standard and first class facilities before booking a ticket. ‘We discovered that many people want to know what to expect before travelling, ...

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    Avanti West Coast promises Pride and Prosperity


    UK: A reliveried Alstom Class 390 Pendolino was named ‘Pride and Prosperity’ at London Euston station on December 9, to mark the start of the Avanti West Coast franchise the previous day.

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    Hitachi to supply inter-city trains for Avanti West Coast services


    UK: First Trenitalia has awarded Hitachi Rail a contract to supply and maintain 23 inter-city trainsets for use on Avanti West Coast services. The contract announced on December 6 is worth £350m. Due to enter service from 2022, the 200 km/h trains to be assembled at ...

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    Tracsis launches goodwill app


    UK: Software supplier Tracsis Travel Compensation Services has launched a ‘Gesture of Goodwill’ app designed to be used by station and on-train staff to issue dissatisfied passengers with vouchers which can be downloaded to a mobile device and redeemed at retail outlets. Pre-approved maximum transaction ...

  • LNER Azuma Harrogate

    UK railway news round-up


    LNER ran a ‘preview’ service to Harrogate using an Azuma bi-mode trainset on December 3, ahead of the planned start of Azuma services to the town with the timetable change on December 15. The trains will operate electrically on the East Coast Main Line between London ...

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    DB plans Arriva flotation in May


    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn is looking to float its international public transport operating subsidiary Arriva on the stock market next year, CEO Richard Lutz told local media on December 4.

  • Luton-Dart

    Luton Airport peoplemover bridge installed


    UK: A bridge that will carry the future Luton DART peoplemover over the A1081 road has been slid into place by contractor VolkerFitzpatrick-Kier. The 80 m long, 1 000 tonne structure had been assembled off-site over eight months, and was then moved around 900 m to ...