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    RBA 2020: Last chance to enter

    2019-09-25T14:16:00Z

    CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE: Entries for the 22nd annual Rail Business Awards close on Friday September 27 , but a short extension to the deadline is available if you need a bit more time to perfect your submission. The Rail Business Awards were established to recognise ...

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    Report sets out requirements for a more ambitious rail freight strategy

    2019-09-25T05:00:00Z

    UK: The Rail Freight Group has published the What level of ambition is achievable and worthwhile for rail freight? r eport, which suggests that an ‘ambitious’ growth strategy for rail freight supported by a new approach from government could generate between £75bn-£90bn in environmental and economic benefits ...

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    New punctuality measure adopted

    2019-09-24T10:35:00Z

    UK: The Office of Rail Road has published its first performance statistics for passenger operators using a revised method of calculating delays. Under the new methodology, a train is counted as being on time if it arrives at a station within 1 min of ...

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    Hector Rail sells GB Railfreight to Infracapital

    2019-09-23T10:19:00Z

    UK: EQT Infrastructure’s Hector Rail business has reached a definitive agreement to sell its UK subsidiary GB Railfreight to Infracapital, the unlisted infrastructure equity arm of M GPrudential which is due to demerge from Prudential plc in the fourth quarter of this year. ...

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    Station Improvement Vision for Wales

    2019-09-23T05:00:00Z

    UK: Transport for Wales has announced a 15-year Station Improvement Vision covering 247 stations. The £194m programme includes free wi-fi and improved shelters, CCTV, cycle storage and passenger information. ‘Where possible’, TfW will provide retail opportunities for local businesses and support the development of community spaces. ...

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    Public Accounts Committee ‘unconvinced’ that arch sale was best value

    2019-09-20T05:00:00Z

    UK: The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has published its report into Network Rail’s £1·46bn sale of its commercial rental space portfolio in England and Wales – mainly railway arches – to The Arch Company on a 150-year leasehold basis. The report published on September ...

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    UK railway news round-up

    2019-09-19T05:00:00Z

    Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps has instructed HS2 Ltd to review its ancient woodlands clearance programme to assess which removals can be halted until after Douglas Oakervee completes his review of the project later this year. On September 16 Shapps said removals would ...

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    Old Oak Common HS2 station contract awarded

    2019-09-18T09:27:00Z

    Old Oak Common is one of two London stations on High Speed 2. UK: A joint venture of Balfour Beatty, Vinci and Systra has been selected to manage the construction and delivery of the High Speed 2 station at Old Oak Common in northwest London. ...

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    Network Rail backs post-hackathon accelerator fund

    2019-09-17T15:32:00Z

    UK: The ideas selected at this year’s HackTrain hackathon event on November 15-17 are to receive funding from Network Rail to accelerate the development of their concepts. River Tamoor Baig of HackTrain organiser Hack Partners said it had worked with NR to create a process that ...

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    Midlands Engine Rail proposal launched

    2019-09-17T08:14:00Z

    UK: Sub-national transport body Midlands Connect has set out its £3·5bn Midlands Engine Rail proposal for seven major projects which it says would ‘revolutionise’ the rail network in the East and West Midlands, helping to support sustainability, productivity and social mobility. The seven projects are: ...

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    Isle of Wight line’s future secured with £26m investment

    2019-09-16T13:35:00Z

    UK: Investment of £26m to secure the future of the 13·7 km line between Ryde and Shanklin on the Isle of Wight was announced on September 16. This includes infrastructure modernisation and replacement of the life-expired fleet of small profile ex-London Underground trains which date back to ...

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    UK railway news round-up

    2019-09-12T06:00:00Z

    UK 20190912 Southeastern introduced ‘Delay Repay 15’ on September 11, reducing the threshold for claiming a refund from 30 to 15 min. ‘Nearly 90% of passenger journeys on franchises we manage are now covered by the scheme’, said Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris. ...

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    East West Rail designated as nationally significant project

    2019-09-11T07:00:00Z

    UK: Following a public consultation process the government has designated the Bedford – Cambridge section of the Oxford – Cambridge railway corridor reinstatement scheme as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. This means that project promoter East West Railway Co can apply to the Secretary of State ...

  • Stadler Flirt EMU for Greater Anglia’s Stansted Express service between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport (Photo: Greater Anglia/Nick Strugnell).
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    ‘Digital twin’ to support more robust timetable planning

    2019-09-10T09:05:00Z

    Greater Anglia UK: Greater Anglia has worked with Toshiba to create a ‘digital twin’ of its network to assist with the development of new timetables, which can then be tested for robustness using artificial intelligence. Toshiba Digital Consulting Corp consolidated data previously stored ...

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    Camlin supports Network Rail with large-scale PANTOBOT 3D deployment on Great Western Main Line

    2019-09-10T07:49:00Z

    Camlin has been contracted by Network Rail Infrastructure Projects Wales & Western to supply and install its award-winning PANTOBOT 3D smart pantograph monitoring system at six locations on the Great Western Main Line.

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    Class 170 DMUs transfer to Wales

    2019-09-09T06:00:00Z

    UK: Transport for Wales has taken delivery of the first of eight three-car and four two-car Class 170 diesel multiple-units which are being transferred from Greater Anglia. Driver training is scheduled to begin on September 16 with the units expected to enter service on the ...

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    West Midlands Trains to split Chase Line services again

    2019-09-06T15:11:00Z

    EMUs replaced DMUs on the Chase Line following the completion of electrification in early 2019. Photo: Tony Miles UK: After months of poor performance on the Chase Line between Birmingham and Rugeley Trent Valley, West Midlands Trains has decided to split the route from its Birmingham ...

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    Show Us the Rail Enhancements, says Railway Industry Association

    2019-09-06T08:22:00Z

    Show Us the Rail Enhancements, says Railway Industry Association UK: The Railway Industry Association has launched a ‘Show Us the Rail Enhancements’ campaign, calling on the government to publish its list of planned large projects such as electrification and the provision of additional tracks. RIA ...

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    Riding Sunbeams deploys solar array

    2019-09-06T06:00:00Z

    UK: Riding Sunbeams Ltd has installed a 30 kWp solar test unit with around 100 panels near Aldershot which is directly supplying electricity to power signalling and lighting on Network Rail’s Wessex Route. This will enable data to be gathered to assess how much larger solar ...

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    SWR launches Tap2Go account-based smart card ticketing

    2019-09-05T12:00:00Z

    UK: South Western Railway has launched Tap2Go account-based smart card ticketing for use on its services outside London. The back office is provided by iBlocks and Worldline, while Cubic updated the gates and VIX the validators to accept Tap2Go. Passengers touch in and out at ...