UK news – Page 6

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    Urban news

    London journey planner tweaked to incorporate data analytics insights


    UK: Transport for London has made changes to its journey planner following analysis of depersonalised wi-fi connection data from the mobile devices of passengers at London Underground stations. TfL previously relied on customer surveys of passenger flows, but the analysis of 2·7 billion ...

  • Translink Group CEO Chris Conway and Graham Civil Engineering Managing Director Leo Martin at the site of the Belfast Transport Hub.

    Belfast Transport Hub early works contractor appointed


    UK: Translink has appointed Graham Civil Engineering to undertake site preparation works for the Belfast Transport Hub project to develop an integrated rail, bus and coach interchange. To be built on Translink property near the current Great Victoria Street station and Europa Bus Centre, the Belfast ...

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    Porterbrook completes £250m refinancing


    UK: Porterbrook has announced the successful refinancing of its £250m public bond, locking in low funding costs 12 months ahead of the bond’s maturity in October 2020. A £100m samurai loan has been raised from a syndicate of four Japanese institutional investors, in what Porterbrook said ...

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    Southeastern trials hidden disability awareness aids


    UK: Southeastern is running trials of two hidden disability awareness schemes on the Tonbridge – Hastings route, and if successful hopes to roll them out more widely across the 176 stations it serves. Passengers who have difficulties communicating can use a Just A Minute card to ...

  • Metro Maintenance & Renewals Skills Centre
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    Metro training centre to be fitted with depot protection system


    UK: Main contractor Galliford Try has awarded Zonegreen a contract to install its Depot Personnel Protection System at an £8·4m training and light maintenance facility which it is building for Tyne Wear Metro operator Nexus. Intended to provide a wide ...

  • Talgo High Speed 2 train proposal.

    Talgo UK established and Longannet agreement signed


    UK: Spanish rolling stock manufacturer Talgo has appointed its UK Ireland representative Jon Veitch as Managing Director of Talgo UK, and has signed a framework agreement with Scottish Enterprise and Transport Scotland for the establishment of a manufacturing plant at Longannet in Fife should it ...

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    Urban news

    Longer peaks increase Victoria Line capacity


    UK: Transport for London introduced a new timetable for London Underground’s Victoria Line on November 4 that doubles the length of time during which services run at 100 sec headways. Following the completion of a signalling upgrade in 2017, Victoria Line services have been running every ...

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    InPost installs delivery lockers at stations


    UK: Govia Thameslink Railway and InPost have announced a partnership which will see automated parcel pick-up and drop-off lockers installed at 11 stations. Users will be able to collect items from a range of retailers including Boohoo, NastyGal and Holland Barrett, and return items ...

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    East Midlands Railway launches The Platform feedback tool


    UK: East Midlands Railway has launched The Platform, an online community where customers can share their experiences which is managed by independent research company Breaking Blue. ‘We currently have a post travel survey in existence which is very good for giving us statistics on how to ...

  • Transport for London has selected CAF to supply 43 five-car driverless light metro trains for the Docklands Light Railway.
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    Thales wins Docklands Light Railway signalling contracts


    UK: Thales has been awarded two contracts for signalling and train control equipment on the Docklands Light Railway light metro in east London, the supplier announced on October 31. Transport for London has awarded Thales a contract to supply upgrades to the signalling software subsystems on ...

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    Freight to be focus of Shift2Rail successor


    EUROPE: Freight is likely to be a core focus of the successor to the Shift2Rail joint technology initiative, S2R Executive Director Carlo Borghini told Railway Gazette on October 30 on the sidelines of the World Congress on Railway Research in Tokyo. While the so-called Shift2Rail ...

  • TfW passengers

    UK railway news round-up


    The Rail Delivery Group is a partner in the ‘ It’s everyone’s journey ’ campaign to make public transport more inclusive which was launched by the Department for Transport with industry, disability groups and disabled people on October 29. ‘We want everyone to be able to ...

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    Railway Industry Association responds to general election vote


    UK: ‘We hope there will not be significant hiatus in rail work or the development of supportive policy for any longer than necessary’, said Railway Industry Association CEO Darren Caplan after the House of Commons voted on October 29 for a general election to be held on ...

  • The Northern franchise which Arriva has operated since April 2016 faces three specific challenges which have severely impacted on performance.

    Northern rail crisis is a ‘collective system inability’, says Arriva UK Trains MD


    Arriva UK Trains Managing Director Chris Burchell talks to Rail Business UK about ongoing problems at the Northern franchise, where performance has been hit by the late delivery of new trains, a series of industrial disputes and the inability of the infrastructure to handle the timetable.

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    Vivarail to relocate


    UK: Vivarail is to move its main manufacturing base from the Quinton Rail Technology Centre at Long Marston to Southam near Leamington Spa. The company said the relocation was driven by its growing order book and its development of a ‘full suite of emission-free trains’ based ...

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    Ordnance Survey data released in effort to reduce bridge strikes


    UK: Mapping agency Ordnance Survey has permitted Transport for London to release a free-to-use dataset providing road freight operators, developers and academics with detailed information about height restrictions such as low bridges, tunnels and other barriers across roads within Greater London. TfL hopes this will help ...

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    Competition aims to use data to improve train performance


    UK: Applications for funding under the second round of the £1·3m Data Sandbox+ research competition are due to close on December 6. The competition is being co-funded by RSSB and Network Rail as part of the PERFORM cross-industry initiative led by RSSB. This aims to use ...

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    HS2 streamlines civils subcontracting process


    UK: The four High Speed 2 main works civils contractors have collaborated to introduce a standardised pre-qualification system for subcontractors which is designed to streamline the process, reduce costs and boost productivity. Under the Common Assessment Standard, bidders for work with Align, BBV, EK and SCS ...

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    Telent awarded Network Rail station wi-fi contract


    UK: Network Rail has awarded Telent Technology a contract to roll-out free passenger wif-fi with ‘seamless connectivity and single sign-on’ at the 20 major stations which it manages directly. This follows pilot schemes at London Euston and London Bridge. Deployment at the remaining stations is scheduled ...

  • Denmark Hill station

    UK railway news round-up


    Network Rail has secured Department for Transport funding to draw up detailed proposals for enhancements at Denmark Hill station in south London, including a new entrance on Windsor Walk to reduce congestion and provide easier access to King’s College and Maudsley hospitals. The proposals are intended ...