UK news – Page 6

  • 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 ...

  • Transport Scotland’s Director of Rail Bill Reeve said the project would ‘support more people to make active travel choices whilst delivering wider economic benefits’

    DMUs converted to carry bikes and luggage on the West Highland line


    UK: Five Class 153 single-car diesel multiple-units are being converted to carry up to 20 bicycles and large luggage including winter sports equipment, for use by ScotRail to provide additional seating capacity and encourage tourism on the scenic West Highland line. The ...

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    North-West Transport Hub opens


    North-West Transport Hub UK: The rail facilities at the North-West Transport Hub in Northern Ireland’s second city were opened by transport agency Translink on October 21. The new Derry~Londonderry station returns to railway use the city’s former Waterside station, a Grade B-listed nineteenth ...

  • Transport for London has awarded Cubic Transport Systems a three-year extension to its revenue collection services contract.

    Contactless travel extended to Luton Airport Parkway


    UK: Contactless payment was rolled out to three more railway stations in the London commuter area, including Luton Airport Parkway, on October 22. Passengers can use contactless bank cards, but not Oyster smart cards, to travel to and from St Albans City, Harpenden and Luton Airport ...

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    Pacers to continue into 2020, operators confirm


    UK: Operators have confirmed that their Pacer diesel multiple-units will remain in service into early 2020, in spite of previous announcements that the unpopular four-wheeled vehicles dating from the 1980s would be withdrawn before enhanced PRM accessibility requirements come into force on January 1 2020. ...

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    LNER launches Azumas to Lincoln


    UK: ‘We are putting Lincoln firmly on the LNER map’, said Customer Service Director Suzanne Donnelly at the formal launch of Azuma services off the East Coast Main Line on October 21. With effect from the December timetable change Lincoln will benefit from ...

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    Ilford and Romford station enhancement contract


    UK: Network Rail has awarded VolkerFitzpatrick a £20m contract to complete the upgrading of Ilford and Romford stations in east London for the Crossrail project. Ilford station will gain a ‘new, spacious and bright’ building by the end of 2020 to replace the existing entrance on ...

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    London St Pancras twins with Bordeaux Saint-Jean to promote direct service


    Twinning EUROPE: Channel Tunnel rail link concessionaire HS1 Ltd announced a twinning agreement between its London St Pancras International station and SNCF’s Bordeaux Saint-Jean station on October 18, saying this would help to progress the development of proposals for a through passenger service between the ...

  • Impression of Stadler EMU for Merseyrail

    Merseyrail and RMT close to agreement on new trains


    UK: The RMT has suspended industrial action in the long-running dispute about how the new EMUs which Stadler is building for Merseyrail will be operated, after the union’s National Executive Committee endorsed an offer which it said would guarantee both the presence and safety-critical role of guards. ...

  • gb-greateranglia-aventra-bombardier-factory-9 October 2019

    UK railway news round-up


    Bombardier Transportation ’s Derby plant has completed the first 100 coaches for Greater Anglia ’s fleet of 111 five and 10-car Aventra EMUs. The first is expected to arrive on the Greater Anglia network later this year, and the Angel Trains-owned fleet will eventually replace existing EMUs ...