UK news – Page 7

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    West Midlands Trains leads on social distancing approach as rail services ramp up


    UK: Practices adopted by West Midlands Trains to maintain social distancing rules amid the Covid-19 pandemic are set to form the basis for a wider approach among franchised operators. Photo: Tony Miles WMT operates medium-distance trains over the West Coast Main Line under the London ...

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    UK railway news round-up


    Open access operator Grand Central has extended its service suspension throughout June. ‘I think over the coming month we’ll get a really informative picture of passenger attitude, government intentions and how the industry is dealing with social distancing, but for now the most sensible course of ...

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    Old Oak Common HS2 station approved


    UK: The planning application for what HS2 Ltd says will be ‘the largest new railway station ever built in the UK’ was approved on May 19 by Old Oak Park Royal Development Corp, which is leading regeneration of the former railway and industrial site ...

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    DB Cargo UK opens London freight terminal


    UK: DB Cargo UK has officially opened its £7m freight terminal at Cricklewood in north London. This is intended to facilitate the movement of aggregates and spoil for major infrastructure developments such as High Speed 2 and the regeneration of Brent Cross, with the operator saying ...

  • : ‘Coronavirus poses monumental challenges to our city’s complex public transport network’, said Mayor of London Sadiq Khan
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    Social distancing measures in place as Transport for London increases services


    UK: ‘Coronavirus poses monumental challenges to our city’s complex public transport network’, said Mayor of London Sadiq Khan on May 18, when Transport for London began increasing its services to accommodate growing ridership as coronavirus lock-down measures are eased. The increase in ...

  • The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has published the results of an investigation into human performance during signalling operations.
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    Investigation into human performance in signalling operations published


    UK: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has published the results of an investigation into human performance during signalling operations, looking at what affects decisions made by signallers and the systemic factors which may influence them. The investigation examined five categories of incident: user worked ...

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    Transport for London to receive emergency funding


    UK: The government has agreed to provide a grant of £1·095bn and a loan of £505m from the Public Works Loan Board to support continuity of operations at Transport for London. In return for the package of support running to October 17 which was agreed on ...

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    HS2 signalling and traffic management procurement gets underway


    UK: HS2 Ltd has formally begun the process of selecting a contractor to design, supply and support Control, Command, Signalling and Traffic Management Systems for the future high speed line. The contracts with an estimated combined value of £540m will cover: design, supply, installation, ...

  • The government’s message is still to avoid using public transport if at all possible (Photo: Tony Miles)
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    Franchising faces an uncertain future as ‘the clock is ticking’ on emergency agreement


    UK: The only certainty in the UK rail sector at the moment is that the future is uncertain, particularly as the government’s long-term message is still to avoid using public transport if at all possible, whilst encouraging people to return to work. The Department for Transport’s Emergency ...

  • The project would see the the reintroduction of passenger services on a freight-only section of the former Blyth & Tyne network
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    Northumberland Line reopening plan advances


    UK: Following the completion of the outline business case and option selection, AECOM and SLC Rail have been give the go-ahead to provide project management, design, operations and advisory services for the design phase of the Northumberland Line project. This would see the the reintroduction of ...

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    Demand to be managed down as part of train service ramp-up strategy


    UK: With the Department for Transport expecting passenger services to step up to a ‘Saturday service’ level from May 18, train operators have warned that social distancing measures mean that capacity across the network will continue to be very limited. Between 65% and 80% of normal ...

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    UK railway news round-up


    Translink has awarded Bridgeway Consulting Ltd a £1·6m contract to provide training and competency assessment for Northern Ireland Railways staff. This will cover a variety of areas relating to track maintenance, including inspection, maintenance, technical standards, vegetation management and the use of powered equipment. ...

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    Concern grows over future of open access operators


    UK: The future of open access services remains uncertain as both Hull Trains and Grand Central face up to the implications of tighter Department for Transport requirements on passenger safety when rail services are stepped up from May 18. Talking to Rail Business UK , ...

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    Very light rail track under development


    UK: The Coventry Very Light Rail scheme to develop a low-cost transport system for medium-sized cities has been awarded £1∙5m of West Midlands Combined Authority funding to support the design and development of track for use by lightweight battery powered vehicles. The project aims to design ...

  • c2c is working with IBM to bring Trenitalia's PICO multi-channel and medium-independent ticket retailing technology to the UK market.
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    Crossrail EMUs approved for ETCS operation


    UK: The Office of Rail & Road announced on May 11 that it had approved the use of ETCS onboard equipment on the Bombardier-built Class 345 EMUs, paving the way for the trains to be introduced on TfL Rail services to Heathrow Airport.

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    HS2 Ltd calls tenders for track contracts


    UK: HS2 Ltd has begun the process of appointing contractors to design and build 280 km of slab track between London, Birmingham and Crewe. Four separate track packages will be awarded: Phase 1 Lot 1 Urban London and Birmingham, estimated at £434m; Phase ...

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    Colne – Skipton reopening moves closer


    UK: Rail minister Chris Heaton-Harris has confirmed that investigations have been commissioned into the proposed reinstatement of the 19·3 km Colne – Skipton ‘missing link’ connecting east Lancashire and west Yorkshire.

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    Free webinars to support UK rail suppliers seeking export opportunities


    UK: The Railway Industry Association is holding a series of free webinars in partnership with the Department for International Trade to support UK rail companies looking to win export business. Participants will hear from DIT Trade Advisors about opportunities arising in a number of European countries. ...

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    Siemens Mobility receives 200 applications for Goole apprenticeship programme


    UK: Siemens Mobility Ltd has selected Selby College as the training partner for its future £200m production plant at Goole, and has received 200 applications for the first 12 apprentice roles. The apprentices will be the first of up to 700 employees ...