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    UK railway news round-up

    2019-09-05T06:00:00Z

    UK 20190905 Govia Thameslink Railway has extended contactless pay-as-you-go with contactless cards or smartphones to Radlett, Potters Bar and Brookmans Park stations with effect from August 29. Pay-as-you-go with Oyster has also been extended to Radlett and Potters Bar. From September ...

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    Rail Delivery Group CEO to stay on

    2019-09-04T16:11:00Z

    UK: Paul Plummer is to stay on as Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group rather than go ahead with plans to retire which he had announced in May. On September 3 RDG said that despite attracting a ‘strong’ field of candidates to succeed Plummer, ...

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    ​HS2 benefits ‘substantially undervalued’ amid rising costs

    2019-09-03T13:47:00Z

    UK: The Chairman of High Speed 2 Ltd Allan Cook believes that ‘the benefits of the current scheme are substantially undervalued’, according to a ‘stocktake report’ presented to the House of Commons by Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps on September 3. Updating Parliament on ...

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    Channel Tunnel ‘ready for Brexit’

    2019-09-02T15:22:00Z

    EUROPE: Channel Tunnel concessionaire Eurotunnel is prepared for the UK’s scheduled departure from the European Union on October 31 ‘no matter the outcome’, it said on September 2. The company said there would no change to immigration formalities for the 22 million passengers/year who ...

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    Systra buys British Steel’s TSP Projects business

    2019-08-30T14:31:00Z

    UK: Systra announced the acquisition of British Steel’s TSP Projects subsidiary on August 30. The international transport consultancy said this would double its presence in the UK, with TSP Projects’ extensive experience of civils, electrification and track works complementing its existing UK rail engineering services and providing ...

  • In July and August this year, YRT supported a visit by 41 staff from CRRC as they toured railway facilities across the UK.
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    Young Rail Tours to explore the world of rail

    2019-08-30T09:00:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: UK-based networking and educational association Young Rail Professionals has launched Young Rail Tours in partnership with the Young Members sections of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Railway Division, the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers and the Institution of Engineering Technology Railway Technical Professional Network. ...

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    LNER to pilot UK rail ticketing reform

    2019-08-29T15:33:00Z

    UK: East Coast Main Line operator LNER is to pilot proposed reforms to Great Britain’s fares system from January 2 2020, with tickets going on sale from November 29. Announcing the trial on August 29, the Department for Transport said its aim was to ‘significantly boost ...

  • The West Coast Partnership contract was formally signed by the Department for Transport and First Trenitalia West Coast Rail Ltd on August 28.
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    West Coast Partnership contract signed

    2019-08-29T09:30:00Z

    UK: The West Coast Partnership contract was formally signed by the Department for Transport and First Trenitalia West Coast Rail Ltd on August 28. The 70:30 joint venture of transport group FirstGroup plc and the Trenitalia UK Ltd subsidiary of Italy’s national railway holding group FS ...

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    2019-08-29T06:00:00Z

    Hull Trains has revealed that its five Hitachi AT300 electro-diesel trainsets will be branded the ‘Paragon’ fleet. Paragon is the traditional suffix of Hull’s main and now only station. Entry to service is planned from mid-November. TransPennine Express put the first of its 13 ...

  • The Greater London Authority’s East London Line - Growth Capacity programme aims to support the development of new homes.
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    Rail projects funded to support housing plans

    2019-08-27T05:00:00Z

    UK: The government has announced the allocation of grants from its Housing Infrastructure Fund to transport projects which are intended to facilitate the development of new homes. This includes £80·8m for the Greater London Authority’s East London Line – Growth Capacity programme to support the development of 14 000 ...

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    2019-08-22T05:00:00Z

    Network Rail has caught and moved 200 endangered white clawed crayfish as part of works to reinforce the 173-year-old Grade II listed Docker Garths viaduct on the West Coast Main Line in Cumbria. East Midlands franchisee Abellio and leasing company Eversholt Rail have awarded Bombardier ...

  • The terms of reference and timeline for an independently-led government review of whether and how to proceed with the High Speed 2 project have been published.
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    Review to consider whether and how to proceed with High Speed 2

    2019-08-21T11:14:35Z

    UK: The terms of reference and timeline for an independently-led government review of whether and how to proceed with the High Speed 2 project were published by Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps on August 21. The ‘independent, thorough and objective’ review is to be chaired by Douglas ...

  • Abellio has officially launched East Midlands Railway as the new operator of the East Midlands franchise.   More than £600m is to be spent on enhancements across the new East Midlands franchise.
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    East Midlands Railway announces three brands

    2019-08-21T09:00:00Z

    UK: Abellio officially launched East Midlands Railway as the new operator of the East Midlands franchise on August 19, the day after it formally took over from Stagecoach which had operated the services for 11 years under the East Midlands Trains brand. More than £600m is to be spent ...

  • A major enhancement of the principal east-west main line across northern England is being taken forward by NR alongside a major rolling stock renewal programme by operator TransPennine Express.
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    Consultation on trans-Pennine route modernisation

    2019-08-20T11:27:31Z

    UK: Network Rail is to begin public consultation this summer on plans to rebuild and electrify a 13 km section of the trans-Pennine corridor between Manchester and York via Leeds. The plans form part of the infrastructure manager’s £2·9bn Transpennine Upgrade programme, which is intended to modernise the ...

  • The Official Receiver has named Ataer Holdings as preferred bidder for the British Steel business.
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    Ataer Holdings named preferred bidder for British Steel

    2019-08-16T11:13:34Z

    BRITISH STEEL: The Official Receiver named Ataer Holdings as preferred bidder for the whole of the British Steel business on August 16. Heads of agreement have been signed, triggering a two months of exclusive talks and detailed due diligence ahead of the planned sale of the Scunthorpe-based steel maker and ...

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    2019-08-15T05:00:00Z

    Northern officially retired the first of its Class 142 Pacer DMUs on August 12. A further six will be put into storage but remain available for use ‘if required’ for special events and during the autumn low adhesion season. ‘They will be maintained and looked after, but ...

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    Trenitalia UK

    2019-08-14T14:05:00Z

    Trenitalia , a subsidiary of Italian state railway group FS, acquired the c2c franchise from National Express Group in February 2017. On August 14, 2019 in partnership with First Group , Trenitalia was announced as winner of the West Coast Partnership , covering inter-city services from London to ...

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    First Trenitalia awarded West Coast Partnership

    2019-08-14T08:39:00Z

    UK: The consortium of FirstGroup (70%) and Trenitalia (30%) has been selected for the West Coast Partnership franchise to operate intercity services on the West Coast Main Line and the first phase of High Speed 2, the Department for Transport announced on August 14. Final award is ...

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    Snowdon Mountain Railway orders battery-diesel locos

    2019-08-13T11:37:00Z

    UK: Snowdon Mountain Railway has ordered two battery-diesel hybrid locomotives from Clayton Equipment Ltd, which specialises in the production of bespoke designs for specialist railway, metro, mining and tunnelling applications. The 800 mm gauge railway runs steam and diesel locos up the highest mountain in Wales ...

  • Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure & Connectivity Michael Matheson (centre) and MSP Jenny Gilruth joined local campaigners for the announcement in Levenmouth.
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    Levenmouth reopening moves forward

    2019-08-08T15:27:25Z

    UK: The Scottish Government has given the go-ahead for detailed design work to support the proposed reopening of the 6·5 km railway serving Levenmouth at an estimated cost of £70m, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure & Connectivity Michael Matheson confirmed on August 8. The rail link had been identified ...