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    Stadler takes over Tyne & Wear Metro fleet maintenance


    UK: Stadler took over responsibility for servicing and maintaining the existing Tyne Wear metro fleet on October 4, with 120 Nexus staff at Gosforth depot transferred to the company under Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) regulations. This forms part ...

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    HS2 slab track contract awarded


    UK: Project promoter High Speed 2 Ltd has awarded a consortium of Porr UK and Aggregate Industries UK the contract to design and manufacture modular slab track for HS2. The £260m contract announced on October 5 covers all track for the London – West Midlands Phase ...

  • Arriva UK Trains has appointed Richard Allen as the next Managing Director of Chiltern Railways.
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    Richard Allan to head Chiltern Railways


    UK: Arriva UK Trains has appointed Richard Allan as the next Managing Director of Chiltern Railways. Formerly People Strategy Director and Deputy Managing Director at Arriva Rail North and subsequently the OLR-led Northern Trains Ltd, he is expected to join Chiltern in early October. ...

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    ScotRail begins Class 380 EMU refurbishment


    UK: ScotRail has begun a programme to refurbish its fleet of 22 three-car and 16 four-car Siemens Class 380 electric multiple-units as they approach 10 years old. Funded by leasing company Eversholt Rail, the work is being undertaken at the operator’s Shields Road depot in Glasgow. ...

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    Crossrail governance transferred to Transport for London


    UK: Responsibility for governance of the Crossrail programme formally transferred from the independent Crossrail board to Transport for London with effect from October 1, as the project to build an east–west commuter line across London transitions from the current construction phase to operations and maintenance. ...

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    UK railway news round-up


    This week’s round-up of news from the UK rail industry

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    ERMAs underpin transformation from franchises to concessions


    UK: With Emergency Measures Agreements or Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements now in place with its franchised passenger operators, the Department for Transport has begun work to create the future concession model which is expected to replace franchising once the Covid-19 pandemic is over.

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    Funding sought for Midlands-wide ‘tap and cap’ ticketing system


    UK: Political leaders from across the Midlands have called on the government to provide £20m to fund the roll-out of a ‘tap and cap’ smart ticketing system covering rail, tram and bus services across an area including Coventry, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Leicester, Derby and Nottingham Current smart ...

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    Holness to return to MTR Elizabeth Line


    UK: TfL Rail and future Crossrail train operating concessionaire MTR Elizabeth Line has appointed Nigel Holness as its next Managing Director, with effect from early 2021. He will replace current Managing Director Steve Murphy, who is to become CEO of MTR UK from October 1 following the ...

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    Crossrail to Ebbsfleet study commissioned


    UK: Atkins and Jacobs have been appointed as lead consultants to study options for improving transport in the corridor between Abbey Wood in southeast London and Ebbsfleet in north Kent. The 15-month study aims to identify options and understand how these could support housing and jobs ...

  • GoMedia and TransPennine Express have launched a real-time passenger information service
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    Icomera acquires passenger infotainment supplier GoMedia


    UK: ENGIE Solutions subsidiary Icomera UK has completed the acquisition of infotainment system supplier GoMedia Services. Founded in 2015, London-based GoMedia has developed a range of onboard entertainment, passenger information and customer messaging systems for transport operators including several franchised train operating companies. ENGIE Solutions ...

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    DfT clarifies ERMA end dates as next steps negotiated


    UK: The Department for Transport has confirmed the timescales for the Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements which were signed with franchised train operating companies earlier this month. Industry insiders note that the staggered end dates reflect a sensible approach to the situation, and create a ‘manageable pipeline’ ...

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    An ‘exciting time’ for rail industry apprentices


    UK: Salford-based Vital Human Resources has taken on 13 apprentices who will combine on-the-job training with academic learning as they work towards a Level 2 NVQ in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance over the next 14 months. During the first six weeks, the apprentices will develop the ...

  • Talgo has selected the former Longannet power station site as the location where it would build a factory should it win the High Speed 2 rolling stock contract.
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    Industry event to highlight Talgo UK supply chain opportunities


    UK: Chesterfield Borough Council is inviting local businesses to take part in an event designed to help them understand how to get involved in Talgo UK’s future supply chain. The Spanish rolling stock manufacturer established its UK headquarters in Chesterfield last year, and in January it ...

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    Network Rail publishes Environmental Sustainability Strategy


    UK: Network Rail has published an Environmental Sustainability Strategy which it describes as its ‘most ambitious and forward-looking’ to date, and a key part of its ambition to position rail as ‘the cleanest, greenest form of mass transport’. The infrastructure manager sums up the strategy as ...

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    AssessTech launches rail performance improvement service


    UK: Competence management software and training consultancy AssessTech has launched a rail performance improvement service, and taken on three more staff to handle its growing business. The service helps customers identify performance issues and develop improvement strategies, and provides specialist training. It is led by ...

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    UK railway news round-up


    This week’s round-up of news from the UK rail industry

  • Steve Montgomery, Managing Director of FirstGroup’s First Rail business, becomes RDG Chair
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    Rail Delivery Group announces restructuring and leadership changes


    UK: The Rail Delivery Group has announced leadership changes, and a restructuring which it said is designed to make it better placed to support the reform of the rail industry. Steve Montgomery, Managing Director of FirstGroup’s First Rail business, becomes RDG Chair, succeeding Chris Burchell who ...

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    East West Railway Co invites interest in support contracts


    UK: Oxford to Cambridge railway corridor project promoter East West Railway Co has invited expressions of interest in the contracts for the provision of engineering and environmental services, land and property services, and commercial management services, for the central section of the route between Bletchley, Bedford and ...

  • The Scottish government has extended its funding for the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises,
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    ScotRail Emergency Measures Agreement extended


    UK: The Scottish government has extended its funding for the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises, following on from the six-month Emergency Measures Agreement introduced in April 2020, which was due to expire on September 20. Announcing on September 18 an extension to January 10 2021, the ...