UK news – Page 5

  • Great Western Railway has applied artwork in the form of painted face coverings to one of its Hitachi Intercity Express Trains.
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    Face coverings now mandatory on trains in England

    2020-06-15T11:50:00Z

    UK: It became mandatory for public transport passengers in England to cover their nose and mouth on June 15. Government advice remains to avoid public transport where possible, however mandating the use of face coverings is intended to help prevent infected people from spreading coronavirus as ...

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    Data-driven performance and short term planning projects funded

    2020-06-15T05:00:00Z

    UK: RSSB has announced the three winners of funding under the second round of its Data Sandbox+ programme, which aims develop data-driven ways of improving operational performance, and two projects to be funded under the Dynamic Train Planning competition. The selected Data Sandbox+ projects are: ...

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    Contractor appointed for Aberdeen station modernisation

    2020-06-12T05:00:00Z

    UK: Morrison Construction has been appointed to undertake a £8m modernisation of Aberdeen station. The year-long project will include relocating the ticket office and first class lounge to provide an improved environment and create additional ‘high value’ retail areas, enhancement of ...

  • The first Class 701 EMU for South Western Railway has been delivered to Eastleigh (Photo: Christopher Addoo).
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    South Western Railway’s first Class 701 delivered

    2020-06-11T14:21:00Z

    Source: Christopher Addoo UK: The first of 90 Bombardier Transportation Class 701 Aventra electric multiple-units ordered for operation on South Western Railway’s commuter routes into London Waterloo has been delivered to Eastleigh ready for the start of certification testing next month. The 10-car EMU ...

  • Knaresborough station
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    2020-06-11T05:00:00Z

    Zonegreen has installed three Points Converters at Ryde St John’s Road depot on the Isle of Wight. These connect directly to existing hand-operated turnouts, enabling them to be automated without the expense of full signalling conversion. The turnouts are controlled by locally-installed key switch panels situated ...

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    Kidderminster station building opens

    2020-06-10T14:45:00Z

    UK: A new main building at Kidderminster station was opened without ceremony on June 7. The glass-fronted structure built by Buckingham Group Contracting is double the size of the previous building. ‘The customer experience at the station will be vastly improved ...

  • GB Railfreight container train
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    GB Railfreight to lease more intermodal wagons

    2020-06-10T14:44:00Z

    UK: GB Railfreight has signed a contract to lease a further 52 WH Davis Ecofret2 three-section container wagons from VTG Rail UK. The announcement on June 10 follows a previous agreement covering 32 Ecofret2 wagon sets, which are due to enter service in 2020-21. Ecofret ...

  • The proposals include construction of flyovers and dive-unders to eliminate delays at the congested junctions, and increasing the number of tracks north of East Croydon station from five to eight.
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    Consultation underway on revised Croydon Area Remodelling Scheme plan

    2020-06-10T14:42:00Z

    UK: A second round of public consultation has begun on the Croydon Area Remodelling Scheme. The project aims to remove a major bottleneck at what Network Rail Managing Director, Southern Region, John Halsall described as ‘the single greatest constraint on train punctuality and capacity’ on the ...

  • The Railway Industry Association’s Unlocking Innovation webinars organised in partnership with Network Rail and the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network will return in the week commencing June 29 with a series of webinars looking at the Digital Railway
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    Digital Railway business opportunities to be highlighted

    2020-06-10T05:00:00Z

    UK: The Railway Industry Association’s Unlocking Innovation webinars organised in partnership with Network Rail and the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network will return in the week commencing June 29 with a series of webinars looking at the Digital Railway programme. The webinars are intended to ...

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    Northern review looks beyond Covid-19 recovery

    2020-06-09T13:21:00Z

    UK: ‘Covid-19 has not changed our commitment to deliver a “new Northern” that will deliver real and tangible improvements for passengers’, said Managing Director Nick Donovan on June 8, as the operator published the results of the ‘100-day review’ commissioned when control of the franchise was transferred to the Department for Transport’s Operator of Last Resort on March 1.

  • Workers social distancing at Primrose Hill tunnel
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    Rail supply chain needs clarity on future work to support coronavirus recovery planning

    2020-06-09T09:20:00Z

    UK: Companies in the railway supply chain are largely confident that they can survive the coronavirus crisis as long as they gain visibility on future work by early autumn, according to the findings of a survey commissioned by the Rail Supply Group. RSG said the survey ...

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    Acorn Rail obtains Trackside Principal Contractor Licence

    2020-06-08T06:00:00Z

    UK: Acorn’s Rail division has obtained a Trackside Principal Contractor Licence from Network Rail, permitting it to tender for maintenance, labour or contract work. Newport-based Acorn Rail undertakes civil engineering, track renewals, signalling, power telecoms, tunnelling, and mechanical and engineering works. ‘Our Rail ...

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    Department for Transport demands train operators return to full service from July 6

    2020-06-05T11:55:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport has advised all franchised operators that a full service timetable is to be re-introduced from July 6. This follows the step-up in services from May 18, and despite high numbers of staff continuing to be unavailable for work after contracting the ...

  • The government has announced that operators of public transport services including trains, trams, buses, coaches, ferries and aircraft in England will be asked to make the wearing of non-medical face coverings a requirement for passengers from June 15.
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    Face coverings to be required on trains in England from June 15

    2020-06-05T11:49:00Z

    Source: Transport for London UK: The government has announced that operators of public transport services including trains, trams, buses, coaches, ferries and aircraft in England will be asked to make the wearing of non-medical face coverings a requirement for passengers from June 15. The rules ...

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    Alerting passengers to busy trains and stations before leaving home

    2020-06-05T05:00:00Z

    UK: Intending passengers can see how busy a specific train or station is likely to be before leaving home, using technology launched as part of efforts to help people stagger their journeys while social distancing measures remain in place The system developed ...

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    Angel Trains CEO to retire

    2020-06-04T10:40:00Z

    UK: Kevin Tribley is to retire as CEO of Angel Trains on September 1, the rolling stock leasing company announced on June 4. He has been with Angel Trains for 21 years, and on the board for 11 years as Commercial Director, ...

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    Welsh Government announces £65m Emergency Measures Agreement

    2020-06-04T07:00:00Z

    UK: The Welsh Government is to provide up to £65m over the next six months through an Emergency Measures Agreement to ensure that Wales Borders passenger services can continue to operate. This will also ensure key infrastructure projects can be delivered, and fund free ...

  • Cumbrian Coast repairs
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    UK railway news round-up

    2020-06-04T05:00:00Z

    Northern services between Whitehaven and Workington on the Cumbrian Coast line resumed on June 1 following an 11-week closure to repair damage caused by three consecutive storms in March. A bridge at Parton has been replaced after being irreparably damaged, and track re-laid. Work to strengthen ...

  • Hull Trains Paragon fleet
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    Union calls for government support for open access operators

    2020-06-03T13:09:00Z

    UK: The RMT trade union has written to the Secretary of State for Transport calling on the government to intervene to support open access operators Hull Trains and Grand Central. Unlike franchised operators, the open access companies which are owned by FirstGroup and Arriva have not ...

  • Transport for the North’s members have called for sustained investment in the region’s rail network and a commitment to ‘quick wins’ as well as high speed links
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    Focus on ‘five Cs’ to maximise potential of rail investment, says Transport for the North

    2020-06-03T08:56:00Z

    UK: Transport for the North’s members have called for sustained investment in the region’s rail network and a commitment to ‘quick wins’ as well as high speed links in evidence submitted to the National Infrastructure Commission to support its development of an Integrated Rail Plan. ...