UK news – Page 5

  • The Department for Transport launched the Restoring Your Railway Fund in January to support the development of proposals to reopen closed railway lines and stations.
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    Restoring Your Railway Fund could provide a toolkit for town transformation

    2020-06-23T12:55:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport launched the Restoring Your Railway Fund in January to support the development of proposals to reopen closed railway lines and stations. The introduction of this new stream of funding for the rail ...

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    Cambridge South station preferred location selected

    2020-06-23T05:00:00Z

    UK: Network Rail has identified a preferred location for the proposed Cambridge South station serving the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Three locations between Addenbrooke’s Bridge and Nine Wells Bridge were the subject of public consultation, with the preferred choice being Option 1 (northern), adjacent to the guided ...

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    East Coast Main Line digital railway funding approved

    2020-06-22T09:04:00Z

    UK: Network Rail has been authorised to spend £350m on preparatory works for the installation of ETCS Level 2 on the southern section of the East Coast Main Line, the Department for Transport announced on June 22.

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    Northern Powerhouse Rail Infrastructure Delivery Partner contract awarded

    2020-06-22T05:00:00Z

    UK: Atkins has been appointed as Infrastructure Delivery Partner to support engineering development of the Northern Powerhouse Rail programme. Atkins will work alongside Transport for the North, the Department for Transport and delivery partners Network Rail and HS2 Ltd to develop the strategic outline case and ...

  • A walk-through facial biometric verification system is to be tested which would enable Eurostar passengers to complete ticket checks and border exit processes at London’s St Pancras International station without contact with people or hardware.
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    Eurostar to test facial biometrics for ‘walk-through’ check-in

    2020-06-19T07:00:00Z

    EUROPE: A walk-through facial biometric verification system is to be tested which would enable Eurostar passengers to complete ticket checks and border exit processes at London’s St Pancras International station without contact with people or hardware. Passengers opting the use the accelerated pre-boarding option would ...

  • Class 153 Active Travel Carriage Livery
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    2020-06-18T05:00:00Z

    ScotRail has unveiled the livery designed by artist Peter McDermott for the five Class 153 single-car DMUs which are being modified to carry up to 20 bikes and large sporting equipment on the West Highland Line. The first is due for completion later this year when ...

  • The Department for Transport’s disqualification of non-compliant bids for the East Midlands, South Eastern and West Coast Partnership franchises was lawful, Mr Justice Stuart-Smith said when handing down judgment in the High Court on June 17.
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    Disqualification of non-compliant franchise bids was lawful, High Court finds

    2020-06-17T15:24:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport’s disqualification of non-compliant bids for the East Midlands, South Eastern and West Coast Partnership franchises was lawful, Mr Justice Stuart-Smith said when handing down judgment in the High Court on June 17. In April 2019 the then Secretary of State for ...

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    First of a Kind funding awarded for 25 rail innovation projects

    2020-06-17T11:55:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport and Innovate UK have announced the 25 projects which are to share £9·4m of funding under the 2020 round of the First of a Kind rail industry innovation programme.

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    East Coast Trains Class 803 production begins

    2020-06-17T00:01:00Z

    UK: Production of the five Class 803 trainsets which FirstGroup subsidiary East Coast Trains has ordered for its future London to Edinburgh open access service is underway at Hitachi Rail’s Newton Aycliffe factory.

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    HS2 Ltd launches innovation accelerator

    2020-06-16T15:28:00Z

    UK: HS2 Ltd announced the launch of an ‘innovation accelerator’ programme on June 16 aimed at attracting start-ups and small businesses to put forward ideas to be incorporated into the first phase of the high speed line between London and the West Midlands. The project ...

  • Wabtec announced plans to reduce its workforce at Doncaster by up to 450 employees on June 16.
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    Wabtec to cut up to 450 jobs at Doncaster

    2020-06-16T14:05:00Z

    UK: Wabtec announced plans to reduce its workforce at Doncaster by up to 450 employees on June 16. The company will enter into a 45-day consultation period with employee representatives and trade unions to discuss the proposal and improved work practices. It is envisaged that the ...

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    Tyne & Wear Metro depot rebuilding contract awarded

    2020-06-16T11:32:00Z

    UK: Stadler has appointed VolkerFitzpatrick to rebuild the Tyne Wear Metro’s Gosforth depot, where the Swiss company will maintain for 35 years the 46 five-car 1·5 kV DC light metro trainsets which it is to supply for entry into service from 2023. Rebuilding the ...

  • 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 ...

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    UK railway news round-up

    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 ...

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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 ...