UK news – Page 4

  • Network Rail test train.
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    Network Rail announces Design Services Framework contracts

    2020-01-14T06:00:00Z

    UK: Network Rail has awarded 82 framework contracts for the provision of design services, with an estimated value of £400m during Control Period 6 (2019-24), and potentially up to £640m if it exercises options to extend the framework into Control Period 7 (2024-29). The Design Services ...

  • Former winners include the Riding Sunbeams project to use solar energy
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    First of a Kind competition offers £9·4m to support rail innovation

    2020-01-13T15:29:00Z

    UK: Innovate UK and the Department for Transport have launched the 2020 First of a Kind competition, which will provide £9·4m to support the development of innovative technologies in the rail sector. ‘For two centuries the UK has been at the cutting-edge of rail technology’, said ...

  • Crossrail tunnel
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    Elizabeth Line through central London now expected to open in summer 2021

    2020-01-10T17:13:00Z

    UK: The London Paddington to Abbey Wood central section of the Elizabeth Line is now expected to open in ‘summer 2021’. The full service from Reading and Heathrow Airport in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east is now expected to commence by mid-2022, ...

  • Siemens Mobility has announced plans to create a rail research, development and innovation hub near its future assembly plant at Goole in East Yorkshire.
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    Rail Accelerator & Innovation Solutions Hub for Enterprise plans announced

    2020-01-10T11:17:00Z

    UK: Siemens Mobility has announced plans to create a rail research, development and innovation hub near its future assembly plant at Goole in East Yorkshire. The £6m building on the Goole 36 enterprise zone site close to the M62 motorway is intended ...

  • Hitachi Rail has announced changes at its Newton Aycliffe plant.
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    Hitachi makes changes at Newton Aycliffe factory as IEP production ends

    2020-01-10T11:16:00Z

    UK: Hitachi Rail has announced changes at its Newton Aycliffe factory which it said were intended to provide ‘greater flexibility, agility and global competitiveness’ as the production of 122 trainsets under the government’s Intercity Express Programme comes to an end. As part of the transition to ...

  • Network Rail's New Measurement Train
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    New Measurement Train maintenance contract awarded

    2020-01-10T06:00:00Z

    UK: Following a competitive tender, Network Rail has awarded Loram UK a £8m five-year contract to maintain its New Measurement Train. The NMT was converted from a passenger trainset and can carry out infrastructure inspection at up to 200 km/h. It is to be maintained at ...

  • gb Northern Class 331 CAF EMU at Doncaster
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    Northern franchise is no longer viable, says Shapps

    2020-01-09T10:59:00Z

    UK: The current Northern rail franchise is no longer financially viable and will have to be replaced by some form of management contract, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps confirmed in a written statement to the House of Commons on January 9.

  • Greater Anglia Class 745 Stadler inter-city trainset at London Liverpool Street
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    Greater Anglia’s first Stadler inter-city trainset enters service

    2020-01-09T07:30:00Z

    UK: The first of the Class 745/0 Flirt inter-city trainsets which Stadler is supplying for Greater Anglia’s Norwich – London Liverpool Street main line route entered service on January 8. All 10 are expected to be in traffic by mid-April. The 12-car 25 kV 50 ...

  • NR consultation
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    UK railway news round-up

    2020-01-09T07:00:00Z

    Greater Anglia has stopped selling first class tickets for its regional routes, as it rolls out new standard class only trains. First class tickets for other routes will remain on sale until September 6, after which they will only be available on the Norwich – ...

  • Avanti West Coast Pendolino
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    Avanti West Coast Pendolino refurbishment and maintenance contract awarded

    2020-01-08T10:08:00Z

    UK: Operator Avanti West Coast and leasing company Angel Trains have awarded Alstom a £642m, seven-year contract to overhaul and maintain the 56 Class 390 Pendolino tilting trainsets which entered service on the West Coast Main Line from 2003. Alstom said the £127m refurbishment element of ...

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    ORR publishes final determination of High Speed 1 costs

    2020-01-08T09:55:00Z

    UK: The Office of Rail Road has published its periodic review of Channel Tunnel Rail Link concessionaire HS1 Ltd’s charges and maintenance plans for the five years starting on April 1 2020. HS1 Ltd has a 30-year concession to manage the 108 km high ...

  • TfW passenger assist area
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    Passenger assistance meeting points provided at Cardiff Central

    2020-01-08T06:00:00Z

    UK: Transport for Wales has introduced dedicated passenger assist meeting points at Cardiff Central station, with the aim of making it easier for staff to recognise customers who require assistance and to provide a comfortable area for people who require seating and extra warmth while waiting. ...

  • The 08.50 to London Paddington on January 5 was the first passenger service to leave Cardiff Central using electric power (Photo: Jeremy Segrott).
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    Cardiff electric services go live

    2020-01-07T15:09:00Z

    The 08.50 to London Paddington on January 5 was the first passenger service to leave Cardiff Central using electric power (Photo: Jeremy Segrott). UK: GWR’s 08:50 train to London Paddington on January 5 was the first passenger service to leave Cardiff using electric power, after the ...

  • Impression of a generic HS2 train
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    Stakeholders respond to Lord Berkeley’s High Speed 2 dissenting report

    2020-01-06T11:43:00Z

    UK: Lord Tony Berkeley published a dissenting report into the High Speed 2 project on January 5, calling it ‘the wrong and expensive solution’ to providing better north–south inter-city services and improving services in the Midlands and North of England. He was Deputy Chair of the ...

  • The Open Transport Initiative has launched Open Transport API specifications designed to support the development of Mobility-as-a-Service initiatives (Photo: Hull Trains).
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    Open standards launched to provide transport account interoperability

    2020-01-06T07:00:00Z

    UK: The Open Transport Initiative has launched Open Transport API specifications designed to support the development of Mobility-as-a-Service initiatives by enabling customers to access data held in separate accounts with multiple transport operators and agencies. The standards, which were formally launched on January 3, have been ...

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    Plans to reopen Aldridge station move a step closer

    2020-01-03T12:21:00Z

    UK: A feasibility study has confirmed that plans to open a station at Aldridge are viable, Transport for West Midlands announced on December 27. The new station would see passenger trains restored on the freight-only line from Ryecroft Junction near Walsall. The West Midlands Rail ...

  • Govia Thameslink Railway ticket machine
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    Govia Thameslink Railway to pilot fares reform for part-time workers

    2020-01-02T16:24:00Z

    UK: A scheme to pilot proposed reforms to the national fare structure was launched by LNER on January 2, and on the same date Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps announced another pilot at Govia Thameslink Railway as well as the introduction of a fund ...

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    Non-PRM compliant trains get last-minute derogation

    2019-12-24T12:18:00Z

    UK: A few days ahead of the January 1 2020 deadline for ensuring compliance with tighter accessibility standards, the Department for Transport has granted limited dispensations for operators to keep in service for up to one year trains which do not meet the TSI-PRM requirements.

  • Oswaldtwistle bridge
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    Canal to be used to transport materials for bridge replacement project

    2019-12-24T06:00:00Z

    UK: The Leeds Liverpool Canal is to be used to transport materials for the replacement of a bridge between Rishton and Church Oswaldtwistle stations on the East Lancashire line which is scheduled for February 15-23. A pontoon will also be placed on ...

  • Network Rail and Strukton have signed a MoU for R&D co-operation
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    Network Rail and Strukton Rail to co-operate on R&D

    2019-12-23T09:00:00Z

    UK: Dutch engineering company Strukton Rail has signed a memorandum of understanding to support the delivery of Network Rail’s £245m research and development portfolio during Control Period 6 (2019-24). The collaboration will build on work undertaken through the European Shift2Rail partnership’s Innovation Programme 3 covering the ...