UK news – Page 7

  • The Department for Transport has published its five-year Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline.

    DfT publishes network enhancement project pipeline


    UK: The Department for Transport published its five-year Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline on October 16, listing projects to increase to the capabilities of the rail network in England Wales where development is being funded through the enhancements budget for Control Period 6 (2019-24). The ...

  • London Northwestern Railway has launched a pilot lift-sharing scheme at Tring station

    Station lift-sharing share scheme launched by London Northwestern Railway


    UK: London Northwestern Railway has launched a pilot lift-sharing scheme at Tring station, where accessibility improvement works beings have led to a temporary reduction in car parking capacity. Passengers can use the website to connect with people who drive on similar routes to the station, ...

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    ​Richard Hope, OBE


    It is with great sadness that we have to report the death on October 14 of Richard Hope, at the age of 85, following several years of ill health. He worked for the Railway Gazette Group for 50 years, serving as Editor of Railway Gazette International ...

  • Map of the future Oxford - Cambridge railway.

    East West Rail engineering partner appointed


    Map of the future Oxford - Cambridge railway. UK: Project promoter East West Railway Co has appointed an Arup-led consortium to support early works for the Bedford – Cambridge section of the East West Rail corridor between Oxford and Cambridge. Arup will work with Environmental ...

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    Rail industry responds to Queen’s Speech


    UK: Industry bodies have responded to the announcement in the Queen’s Speech at the state opening of parliament on October 14 that ‘proposals on railway reform will be brought forward’. Details of the government’s plans were not given, pending the completion of the review of the ...

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    User-worked crossing gates and lights linked


    UK: In what Network Rail said was a first, the user-worked gates at Jacky Duffin Wood level crossing on the route to Drax power station have been linked to the miniature stop lights, meaning they can only be opened by motorist when there is no train approaching. ...

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    Custom lights for St Pancras International


    UK: Zeta Specialist Lighting and station maintenance contractor NG Bailey have installed 118 high bay and 208 wall washer LED lights at the Grade 1 listed St Pancras International station. The lighting units were custom-designed for retrofitting to the station’s historic luminaires, with the colour temperature ...

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    Bombardier Transportation appoints UK region president


    UK: Bombardier Transportation has appointed Matt Byrne as President of its UK Region and Chair of Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd. He replaces Phil Hufton who has decided to step down for personal reasons, but has agreed to stay for a short period to ensure a smooth handover. ...

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    South Western Railway rolls out Infor asset management system


    UK: Passenger operator South Western Railway has opted to deploy Infor’s Enterprise Asset Management software as part of a project to consolidate and modernise its rolling stock maintenance processes. It will be hosted and supported by Infor partner Sapphire Systems, and is expected to go live with ...

  • Station and trains across the North of England to be fitted with defibrilators.

    UK railway news round-up


    The Office of Rail Road is consulting with stakeholders on its draft determination of High Speed 1 access charges. ORR proposes that operators would pay a total of £26m/year, £9m less than HS1 Ltd had requested. The Final Determination for the next five years ...

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    London Overground to provide Boxing Day services


    UK: A Boxing Day service is to be provided on part of the London Overground network for the first time this year, Transport for London announced on October 2. On December 26 trains will run from Highbury Islington to West Croydon and from Clapham ...

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    Edinburgh Waverley approaches study funded


    UK: Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure Connectivity Michael Matheson has approved £15m of funding for the detailed modelling of infrastructure options for the Edinburgh Waverley Western Approaches enhancement project. The intention is to deliver capacity and performance improvements on a critical part of ...

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    Merseyrail’s first Stadler train heads for testing


    The first of 52 EMUs which Stadler is building for Merseyrail has been sent for dynamic testing (Photo: Stefan Schulthess Railroad, Aviation Landscape Photography, Switzerland). UK: The first of 52 bespoke four-car electric multiple-units which Stadler Bussnang is building for Liverpool area commuter operator ...

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    Transport for the North responds to HS2 speculation


    UK: Rumours that the HS2 programme may be scaled back in the north of England have brought a strong response from Transport for the North. Newspaper reports have suggested that the government-appointed review panel being chaired by former HS2 Chairman Douglas Oakervee will propose the cancellation ...

  • The West Midlands Combined Authority has selected CAF to supply 21 additional battery-equipped trams for the West Midlands Metro light rail line.
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    CAF wins West Midlands Metro battery tram order


    UK: The West Midlands Combined Authority has selected CAF to supply 21 additional battery-equipped trams for the West Midlands Metro light rail line from late 2021, with an option for 29 more. The £83·5m contract was announced on October 7 following a ...

  • The West Midlands Grand Rail Collaboration aims to facilitate closer working to improve passenger services.

    West Midlands Grand Rail Collaboration launched


    UK: The West Midlands Grand Rail Collaboration, which aims to facilitate closer working to improve passenger services, has been launched by five train operating companies, Network Rail, the West Midlands Rail Executive, Vintage Trains, Transport Focus and the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research Education. ...

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    UK railway news round-up


    Govia Thameslink Railway announced on October 1 that it had completed a fleet renewal programme which has seen more than 1 500 vehicles introduced across the franchise and almost 900 cars leaving it. GTR’s last Class 313 EMUs ran in service on September 30, with Siemens Class 717 EMUs ...

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    Conductors issued with badge cameras


    UK: All Greater Anglia conductors now have access to ‘badge cams’ containing small video cameras which are used to deter anti-social behaviour and assaults on staff. The badge camera works by constantly recording but not actively storing footage until a flap is flicked. Once the camera ...

  • Arriva Rail London has launched a rail-specific deaf awareness training course

    Rail-specific deaf awareness course developed


    UK: London Overground concessionaire Arriva Rail London has launched a rail-specific deaf awareness training course to bolster its existing disability awareness training as part of customer service induction. The course was developed with Signly, Deafax and University College London’s Deafness Cognition Language Research Centre ...

  • First Nova 1 in service Liverpool LS 280919 TM06

    ​First Nova 1 trainset enters revenue service with TPE


    UK: The first of 19 Hitachi Class 802 bi-mode inter-city trains entered passenger service with TransPennine Express on September 28. Having received clearance late the previous evening, set 802201 operated the 06.03 from Newcastle to Liverpool Lime Street and 09.25 return as a one-off working ahead of regular service introduction ...