UK news – Page 8

  • Selby College engineering facilities
    Rail Business UK

    Siemens Mobility receives 200 applications for Goole apprenticeship programme

    2020-05-11T07:01:00Z

    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 ...

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    Hybrid shunter conversion ready for testing

    2020-05-08T12:00:00Z

    TRACTION: A 60 year old diesel shunting locomotive has been re-engineered with a low-emission hybrid traction package using automotive technology, as part of a research programme backed by the UK’s Department for Transport.

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    Urban news

    Making transport data more accessible for innovators

    2020-05-08T06:00:00Z

    UK: As leader of the £8m ConVEx programme to create a national transport research data exchange facility, Transport for West Midlands has awarded Chordant Inc a contract to supply and support a software platform which will collate data from a range of sources and make it available ...

  • Network Rail overhead line engineers
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    Network Rail to provide references to help UK suppliers win overseas business

    2020-05-07T14:39:00Z

    UK: Network Rail will now provide written references for British suppliers which are bidding for overseas contracts and export opportunities. The infrastructure manager said the move reflected its commitment to the Rail Sector Deal, under which the government and rail industry aim ...

  • Greater Anglia fogging guns
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up

    2020-05-07T05:00:00Z

    Work has begun to remove 14 of the 37 spans of the Bletchley Flyover across the West Coast Main Line which need to be rebuilt to modern standards for the East West Rail project. Preparatory removal of lineside equipment and overhead electric lines has been taking ...

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    Urban news

    National campaign may be needed to get passengers back on public transport

    2020-05-06T14:27:00Z

    UK: City transport operators could face a 20% fall in ridership after Covid-19 travel restrictions are lifted, according to survey undertaken by Systra Of respondents who are expecting to reduce their use of public transport, 49% will do so because of concerns over getting ill; 24% ...

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    Grand Central surveys passenger attitudes to support restart planning

    2020-05-06T13:05:00Z

    UK: Grand Central has launched what it calls an ‘ambitious open-ended survey’ to gauge current public attitudes to rail travel. The Arriva-owned open access operator intends to use the findings to plan the restart of its passenger services following a ‘hibernation’ which was implemented when Covid-19 ...

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    Transport call centre switches over to home working

    2020-05-06T06:00:00Z

    UK: Transport customer call centre provider ESP Group worked with its technology supplier EKO to switch more than 200 employees to home working over three days to enable it continue its operations during the pandemic. It has also set up three additional emergency lines to support key ...

  • LNER FutureLabs
    Rail Business UK

    LNER FutureLabs innovation programme launched

    2020-05-05T10:41:00Z

    UK: The LNER FutureLabs programme has been launched to provide an opportunity for technology start-ups to test their ideas in the railway environment. The programme has three ‘challenges’: More Journeys, More Often: digital services that encourage more people to travel by train; Personalised ...

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    CAF Rail UK awarded DMU maintenance contract

    2020-05-05T07:00:00Z

    UK: Translink has awarded CAF Rail UK a contract to continue to maintain NI Railways’ fleet of 23 Class 3000 diesel multiple-units which entered service from 2004. The new contract runs for 15 years from April, and is worth more than €60m. The work will ...

  • Network Rail has applied to East Cambridgeshire District Council for permitted development rights to build a station at Soham on the Ely – Newmarket line.
    Rail Business UK

    Soham station development application submitted

    2020-05-05T05:00:00Z

    UK: Network Rail has applied to East Cambridgeshire District Council for permitted development rights to build a station at Soham on the Ely – Newmarket line. The previous Soham station closed in 1965. Subject to gaining consent, as well as the Covid-19 situation, construction is expected ...

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    DfT preparing for future passenger franchise options

    2020-05-04T11:34:00Z

    UK: Having temporarily suspended its franchise agreements with passenger train operators, the Department for Transport is currently considering its options for what may follow the Emergency Measures Agreements announced on March 23.

  • The City of London has awarded Dyer & Butler a contract for strengthening works over the Snow Hill Tunnel between City Thameslink and Farringdon stations as part of the £337m development of the new Museum of London site at West Smithfield
    Rail Business UK

    Dyer & Butler to undertake Snow Hill Tunnel strengthening works

    2020-05-04T05:00:00Z

    Source: Secchi Smith UK: The City of London has awarded Dyer Butler a contract for strengthening works over the Snow Hill Tunnel between City Thameslink and Farringdon stations as part of the £337m development of the new Museum of London site at West ...

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    Edinburgh – London open access service takes shape

    2020-05-01T06:00:00Z

    UK: With the first of five Hitachi-built trainsets delivered to the UK for fitting out, FirstGroup has appointed the leadership team for its low-cost open access service between Edinburgh and London, which is scheduled to start running from October 2021. Helen Wylde has been appointed as ...

  • Love for Scrubs
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    ScotRail delivers material for hospital scrubs

    2020-05-01T04:00:00Z

    UK: ScotRail has transported 30 bales of fabric from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness so volunteer group NHS Scotland for the Love of Scrubs can make them into hospital scrubs for NHS staff. The material was loaded on to an off-peak service on April 24. ...

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    Transport Select Committee calls for changes to season ticket refunds

    2020-04-30T09:56:00Z

    UK: Chair of the Transport Select Committee Huw Merriman MP has written to the Secretary of State for Transport calling for changes to the refund rules for season ticket holders whose journeys have been cancelled as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The Committee said there ...

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    Urban news

    Transport for London furloughs 25% of employees as fares income drops 90%

    2020-04-30T07:00:00Z

    UK: Transport for London placed 7 000 staff or around 25% of its employees on furlough for an initial period of three weeks from April 27, reporting that its main source of income ‘has almost disappeared’ in the light of government advice not to travel because of ...

  • The Rail Supply Group has launched a survey seeking views on the operational impact of Covid-19 on the rail supply chain and the path to recovery.
    Rail Business UK

    Supply chain’s views on Covid-19 recovery sought

    2020-04-30T05:10:00Z

    UK: The Rail Supply Group has launched a survey seeking views on the operational impact of Covid-19 on the rail supply chain and the path to recovery. Information from the survey, which opened on April 30, will inform the work of a coronavirus taskforce established ...

  • Network Rail Manchester hospital
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    UK railway news round-up

    2020-04-30T05:00:00Z

    Network Rail provided logistics and project management expertise to help deliver the NHS Nightingale Hospital North West in Manchester. Volunteers specialising in supply chain and logistics worked with the Army Reserve and NHS to get the temporary hospital at the Manchester Central conference centre open over ...

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    Transport Support Unit formed

    2020-04-29T07:00:00Z

    UK: The government has announced the formation of a UK-wide Transport Support Unit which is ‘dedicated to fighting this pandemic’ by making use of spare transport capacity for logistics services to assist frontline responders while ridership is significantly reduced. Network Rail has the eighth largest commercial ...