UK news – Page 8

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    Rail Business UK

    Passenger concerns hold back return to rail

    2020-09-02T09:54:00Z

    Passenger demand remains low, with Transport Focus data showing that travel by train remains at around 5% of pre-pandemic levels, and the industry’s work during the pandemic has brought a range of responses.

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    Rail Business UK

    Treasury concerns over ticketing changes

    2020-09-02T09:41:00Z

    UK: Department for Transport sources have confirmed to Rail Business UK that a key focus within the department is now on the development of part-time season tickets or carnets to encourage commuters to return to train services. However, pressure from the Treasury to manage any ...

  • The Department for Transport has exercised its option to extend the Emergency Measures Agreement covering FirstGroup’s Great Western franchise until at least June 26 2021.
    Rail Business UK

    GWR Emergency Measures Agreement extended

    2020-09-01T09:47:00Z

    UK: On September 1 the Department for Transport exercised its option to extend the Emergency Measures Agreement covering FirstGroup’s Great Western franchise until at least June 26 2021. FirstGroup Chief Executive Matthew Gregory said this ‘provides important clarity and continuity for our customers, employees and wider ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Southeastern launches SeatFinder

    2020-09-01T05:00:00Z

    UK: Southeastern is to provide train loading data to passengers through its app and journey planner, with the launch in September of SeatFinder which uses data based on vehicle weights to produce daily estimates of future loadings. Live departure boards on the ...

  • gb GWR Class 769 Reading
    Rail Business UK

    Great Western Railway takes delivery of trimode electro-diesel multiple-unit

    2020-08-31T05:00:00Z

    UK: Great Western Railway has taken delivery of the first of 19 Class 769 Flex multiple-units equipped to operate using 750 V DC third rail, 25 kV 50 Hz overhead or diesel power. The Class 769 has been developed from Class 319 dual-system EMUs formerly used ...

  • A prototype battery-powered carbon fibre and metal Very Light Rail vehicle is under construction at NP Aerospace’s plant at Foleshill in Coventry.
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    Very Light Rail vehicle prototype under construction

    2020-08-28T11:35:00Z

    UK: A prototype battery-powered carbon fibre and metal Very Light Rail vehicle is under construction at NP Aerospace’s plant at Foleshill in Coventry. The VLR project to develop low-cost technologies which would make light rail a viable option for medium sized cities is being managed by ...

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    Batteries to feed overhead electrification in ‘first of a kind’ trial

    2020-08-28T06:12:00Z

    UK: Hitachi ABB Power Grids has announced a partnership with battery technology specialist Zenobē Energy to supply equipment to convert power from batteries to energise 25 kV 50 Hz overhead power supplies. According to the two companies, this will be the first time that batteries will ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Siemens Mobility to resignal Core Valley Lines

    2020-08-27T11:13:00Z

    UK: Transport for Wales has awarded Siemens Mobility Ltd a three-year contract for the renewal and replacement of lineside signalling equipment and the creation of an integrated control centre as part of the Core Valley Lines Transformation programme. This includes 50 new signals, over 300 axle ...

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    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up

    2020-08-27T05:00:00Z

    This week’s round-up of news from the UK rail industry

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    News

    Task forces to improve Network Rail’s understanding of severe weather and earthworks management

    2020-08-26T14:02:00Z

    UK: Infrastructure manager Network Rail has launched two independent task forces to improve its understanding of severe weather and help it better manage its earthworks, following the fatal derailment of a ScotRail train near Stonehaven on August 12. Dame Julia Slingo, former chief scientist at ...

  • gb LNW coronavirus poster
    Rail Business UK

    TOCs expect timetable stability after September uplift

    2020-08-26T11:00:00Z

    UK: Train operators are preparing to ramp up services early next month as the government encourages the country to return to workplaces and education in greater numbers. While some TOCs have announced an uplift from September 7 following a request from the Department for Transport specifying ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Train operators resist proposed Emergency Remedial Measures Agreements

    2020-08-26T07:00:00Z

    UK: With the current Emergency Measures Agreements with franchised passenger train operating companies set to expire on September 20, industry sources report that some TOCs have been ‘resistant’ to the terms of the successor Emergency Remedial Measures Agreements proposed by the Department for Transport. Rail ...

  • Network Rail is to launch the first phase of public consultation on the Ely Area Capacity Enhancement proposal to add capacity on the five lines radiating from the city.
    Rail Business UK

    Ely Area Capacity Enhancement programme consultation to begin

    2020-08-25T11:08:00Z

    UK: Next month Network Rail is to launch the first phase of public consultation on the Ely Area Capacity Enhancement proposal to add capacity on the five lines radiating from the city. Encompassing the area around Ely as far as Cambridge, Peterborough and King’s Lynn, the ...

  • gb SWR Class 701 Arterio Bombardier Transportation Aventra EMU (2)
    Rail Business UK

    Arterio brand name for South Western Railway Class 701 fleet

    2020-08-25T10:46:00Z

    UK: South Western Railway has announced Arterio as its brand name for the fleet of 90 Class 701 electric multiple-units which Bombardier Transportation is supplying for use on suburban services from London Waterloo station. Speaking at Wimbledon depot on August 24, SWR ...

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    Dellner Romag rolling stock and specialist glazing business formed

    2020-08-25T05:00:00Z

    UK: Sweden’s Dellner Bubenzer Group has former Dellner Romag Ltd through the acquisition of Romag Ltd, which supplies specialist glass and glazing products for the rail, transport, security and architectural markets. Romag started in 1943 by producing safety goggles for Royal Air Force pilots, and expanded ...

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    Rail Business UK

    EMR set to retain Liverpool – Nottingham service

    2020-08-24T17:08:00Z

    Photos: Tony Miles UK: The Department for Transport has confirmed to East Midlands Railway that, for the time being at least, it is no longer planning to transfer the Liverpool Lime Street – Nottingham service to TransPennine Express from the December 2021 timetable change. This ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Acceleration Unit to speed up infrastructure projects and ‘build back better’

    2020-08-24T14:15:00Z

    Photo: Marcus Dawson/Network Rail UK: The formation of an ‘Acceleration Unit’ to speed up the delivery of transport projects was announced by Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps on August 21. The new team is to be in place at the Department for Transport ...

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    Rail Business UK

    DfT funding to support Welsh enhancements and freight improvements

    2020-08-24T10:28:00Z

    Expansion of Cardiff Central station has been backed by UK government funding. UK: Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps announced funding to support a number of investment schemes in England and Wales on August 21. The announcement includes £5·8m to ‘kick start’ design work ...

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    News

    Eurostar plans to start direct Amsterdam – London trains in October

    2020-08-24T09:37:00Z

    EUROPE: Cross-Channel high speed operator Eurostar has confirmed its intention to launch direct Amsterdam – London St Pancras services from October 26, complementing the London – Amsterdam trains which have run since April 2018. The announcement follows the conclusion earlier this year of negotiations between ...

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    Comment: Beware of the weather

    2020-08-24T07:00:00Z

    ‘Disruption from extreme weather events seems to be increasing rapidly in many parts of the world’