UK news – Page 6

  • GTR Paragon ID smart card machine
    Rail Business UK

    Self-service smart card machines to go live at GTR


    UK: Govia Thameslink Railway passengers will be able to obtain the operator’s ITSO-compliant The Key smart cards through self-service vending machines from February 3. Paragon ID has supplied GTR with 12 free-standing kiosks which have been installed at selected stations outside London. Passengers will use ...

  • East West Rail Bedford to Cambridge preferred route option map
    Rail Business UK

    Route for Bedford – Cambridge section of East – West Rail announced


    UK: The government has announced its preferred route for the Bedford – Cambridge section of the planned East West Rail corridor which is being developed to link Oxford and Cambridge. The announcement on January 30 follows public consultation on five route options. While the ...

  • SmartRail World is now Railway Gazette Events.

    SmartRail World becomes Railway Gazette Events


    EVENTS: Last year we saw a lot of change on the Railway Gazette Group. Now as we move into 2020, I am delighted to add more industry leading events to our growing portfolio. In 2018, our parent DVV Media International Ltd purchased Global Transport Forum, a ...

  • Barrow Hill Talgo
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


    Talgo has given a sleeping car formerly used on Madrid – Paris overnight services to Chesterfield Borough Council. It is to be used for training and education purposes at the Barrow Hill Roundhouse, where the Spanish company’s UK business plans to establish an innovation centre based ...

  • The Northern franchise which is currently held by Arriva will be nationalised on March 1, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps confirmed  (Photo: Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    No immediate changes to follow Northern nationalisation


    UK: The Northern franchise which is currently held by Arriva will be nationalised on March 1, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps confirmed in a widely-anticipated announcement on January 29. This follows severe performance problems. Last year the Secretary of State requested proposals for the ...

  • UK: ITSO Ltd has rebranded its mobile ticketing subsidiary company ITSO Transit Hub as Yotra Ltd, launching the new name at the Transport Ticketing Global conference on January 28.
    Rail Business UK

    ITSO launches Yotra brand


    UK: ITSO Ltd has rebranded its mobile ticketing subsidiary company ITSO Transit Hub as Yotra Ltd, launching the new name at the Transport Ticketing Global conference on January 28. The aim is to create a clearer distinction between the non-profit membership body that manages the ITSO ...

  • Coles Richard
    Rail Business UK

    Rev Richard Coles to host 22nd Rail Business Awards


    UK: The rail industry is gearing up for the 22nd Rail Business Awards, which take place at the beautifully refurbished Royal Lancaster Hotel in London’s west end on February 27 2020. The gala evening will be hosted by the multi-talented Rev Richard Coles, broadcaster, writer and Church of England priest.

  • Perpetuum's new HQ
    Rail Business UK

    Perpetuum moves into larger headquarters


    UK: Wireless sensing and remote condition monitoring technology company Perpetuum has moved to a larger headquarters building near Southampton, providing more space for the 76 staff and its production and testing activities. ‘As more train operators have chosen Perpetuum’s RCM, so our talent pool of experts ...

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    Urban news

    Stadler to build Tyne & Wear metro fleet


    UK: Transport authority Nexus has selected Stadler to supply and maintain a new fleet of trains for the Tyne & Wear Metro, as part of a £362m investment package to modernise the 77·5 km network.

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    Rail Business UK

    Newhaven Marine station to be closed


    UK: The Department for Transport has begun public consultation on Network Rail’s formal proposal to close Newhaven Marine station.

  • Network Rail overhead line engineers
    Rail Business UK

    ORR investigates Network Rail for poor performance in North West & Central England


    UK: Issuing an update on Network Rail’s impact on passenger train performance on January 21, the Office of Rail Road said it had put the infrastructure manager ‘on a warning’ for poor service in the North West Central region. ORR said the ...

  • WCH Rail general
    Rail Business UK

    William Cook Rail obtains IRIS certification


    UK: William Cook Rail has obtained International Railway Industry Standard certification covering the casting, machining, assembly and overhaul of safety-critical components for rolling stock manufacturers and operators. The company said it was the only manufacturer of machined cast steel components in Europe to achieve IRIS certification. ...

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    Rail Business UK

    ORR opens market study into railway signalling


    UK: The Office of Rail Road has opened a market study looking into the supply of signalling systems, which accounted for more than £4bn of Network Rail’s spending in 2014-19. ORR will look at the level of competition for the delivery of significant signalling ...

  • Revolution VLR vehicle exterior render-7 V2
    In depth

    Very Light Rail research on track


    This year should see not one but two prototypes of very light rail vehicles being tested in the UK. Karol Zemek  talks to Dr Nick Mallinson, Programme Manager at WMG Centre of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult at the University of Warwick, about the research taking place into this potentially disruptive technology.

  • The National Audit Office has published the High Speed Two: A Progress Update report
    Rail Business UK

    National Audit Office makes HS2 recommendations


    UK: The High Speed 2 programme is over budget and behind schedule because the Department for Transport, HS2 Ltd and government underestimated the complexity and risks, according to the National Audit Office’s High Speed Two: A Progress Update report published on January 24. NAO said ...

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    Urban news

    Birmingham’s Eastside tram extension approved


    UK: The Secretary of State for Transport has approved a Transport Works Act Order granting the West Midlands Combined Authority powers to build and operate the the Eastside extension of the West Midlands Metro tramway. This line would run for 1·7 km from Bull ...

  • SWR Class 442
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


    South Western Railway has reintroduced refurbished Class 442 EMUs, operating as four 10-car sets on services from London to Portsmouth and Poole. Features include at-seat power sockets, LED lighting wi-fi and real-time passenger information displays. ‘We will look to introduce all of the Class 442s in ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Williams Review to lead to legislation as franchising ‘not the way forward’


    UK: Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris confirmed on January 21 that the forthcoming Williams Review into the future structure of the UK rail sector would lead to a white paper outlining reforms to the rail industry structure. Addressing a Westminster Hall debate in the House of Commons ...

  • GWR mobility team
    Rail Business UK

    GWR launches mobile assistance service


    UK: GWR has launched a 10-member mobile Customer Assistance Team to help enable passengers with reduced mobility travel with confidence. Until recently people needing additional assistance were helped onto a train by one member of staff and met at their destination by another. This meant that ...

  • A ‘Rail Human Library’ will form part of the 10th Get Up to Speed With STEM event
    Rail Business UK

    Rail Human Library aims to inspire interest in railway careers


    UK: A ‘Rail Human Library’ will form part of the 10th Get Up to Speed With STEM event which is to be held in Rotherham on March 25 with the aim of encouraging young people to take an interest in the construction, technology and manufacturing sectors. ...