UK news – Page 8

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    Testing begins on Manchester’s Trafford Park tram extension


    UK: Testing has started on the Trafford Park extension of the Manchester Metrolink tram network. Low-speed night time testing is taking place between Pomona and Warren Bruce Road at the eastern end of the 5·5 km extension to the Trafford Centre retail complex. Due to open ...

  • Transport for Wales passengers
    Rail Business UK

    Telecoms concession proposed to improve on-train connectivity


    UK: Network Rail is seeking information from telecoms suppliers to enable it assess the viability of awarding a concession for the provision of uninterrupted high-speed cellular internet and mobile reception between Wrexham and Holyhead. The infrastructure manager envisages that improved connectivity could be achieved at no ...

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    City & Guilds Group buys railway training company Intertrain


    UK: City Guilds Group has acquired Intertrain, which provides more than 300 railway infrastructure training courses and trains more than 22 000 learners and 40 apprentices every year. The courses include Level 2 and 3 engineering apprenticeships, and re-skilling, upskilling and recertifying existing rail ...

  • British Steel supplies 95% of the rails used by Network Rail.

    Jingye agrees to buy British Steel business


    UK: China’s Jingye Group has entered into contracts to acquire the business and assets of British Steel Ltd (in liquidation), the Official Receiver and special managers from EY announced on November 11. British Steel supplies 95% of the rails used by Network Rail. ...

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    Network Rail regions take over project delivery


    UK: The next phase of Network Rail’s devolution strategy came into force on November 11, when responsibility for capital projects was transferred from the former centralised Infrastructure Projects business to the five geographical regions that were established in June to provide support for the 14 routes responsible ...

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    Five election priorities for rail freight


    UK: The Rail Freight Group has set out its priorities for the next government, calling on all party leaders to include rail freight as part of their transport commitments ahead of the general election. RFG has called for policymakers to commit to ...

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    Freight sector needs more ‘good devolution’, RIA conference hears


    UK: ‘We need to find a way to maximise the “good devolution” and minimise the bad going forward’, Rail Freight Group Executive Director Maggie Simpson told the Railway Industry Association’s annual conference in London on November 7. The RIA conference included a panel discussion on devolution of ...

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    Further delay to Elizabeth Line opening


    UK: Elizabeth Line project promoter Crossrail Ltd has announced further delays and cost increases to the project. Earlier this year Crossrail Ltd announced that it had identified a six-month delivery window between October 2020 and March 2021. Its updated forecast is that the tunnels under central ...

  • Tomorrow’s Living Station report
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    Tomorrow’s Living Station report considers the future of stations


    UK: Network Rail and Arup have published ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’, a report exploring the future role of stations in towns and cities, and how they might need to evolve to keep up with changing needs. It considers three themes: stations as the centre of movement for ...

  • British Steel
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    Chinese interest in British Steel bid


    UK: British Steel has announced that the Official Receiver is holding discussions with a Chinese bidder which is interested in purchasing the whole of the business in a strategic acquisition which would support the development of its operations outside of China. The potential bidder began visits ...

  • Passengers
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


    Transport for the North has published an open message to political parties ahead of the start of the general election campaigns, calling on them to commit to ‘the full £39bn Northern Powerhouse Rail network and HS2, as well as devolved budgets and a clear pipeline of ...

  • TfL journey planner
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    London journey planner tweaked to incorporate data analytics insights


    UK: Transport for London has made changes to its journey planner following analysis of depersonalised wi-fi connection data from the mobile devices of passengers at London Underground stations. TfL previously relied on customer surveys of passenger flows, but the analysis of 2·7 billion ...

  • Translink Group CEO Chris Conway and Graham Civil Engineering Managing Director Leo Martin at the site of the Belfast Transport Hub.
    Rail Business UK

    Belfast Transport Hub early works contractor appointed


    UK: Translink has appointed Graham Civil Engineering to undertake site preparation works for the Belfast Transport Hub project to develop an integrated rail, bus and coach interchange. To be built on Translink property near the current Great Victoria Street station and Europa Bus Centre, the Belfast ...

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    Porterbrook completes £250m refinancing


    UK: Porterbrook has announced the successful refinancing of its £250m public bond, locking in low funding costs 12 months ahead of the bond’s maturity in October 2020. A £100m samurai loan has been raised from a syndicate of four Japanese institutional investors, in what Porterbrook said ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Southeastern trials hidden disability awareness aids


    UK: Southeastern is running trials of two hidden disability awareness schemes on the Tonbridge – Hastings route, and if successful hopes to roll them out more widely across the 176 stations it serves. Passengers who have difficulties communicating can use a Just A Minute card to ...

  • Metro Maintenance & Renewals Skills Centre
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    Metro training centre to be fitted with depot protection system


    UK: Main contractor Galliford Try has awarded Zonegreen a contract to install its Depot Personnel Protection System at an £8·4m training and light maintenance facility which it is building for Tyne Wear Metro operator Nexus. Intended to provide a wide ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Talgo UK established and Longannet agreement signed


    UK: Spanish rolling stock manufacturer Talgo has appointed its UK Ireland representative Jon Veitch as Managing Director of Talgo UK, and has signed a framework agreement with Scottish Enterprise and Transport Scotland for the establishment of a manufacturing plant at Longannet in Fife should it ...

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    Longer peaks increase Victoria Line capacity


    UK: Transport for London introduced a new timetable for London Underground’s Victoria Line on November 4 that doubles the length of time during which services run at 100 sec headways. Following the completion of a signalling upgrade in 2017, Victoria Line services have been running every ...

  • InPost Wandsworth Common
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    InPost installs delivery lockers at stations


    UK: Govia Thameslink Railway and InPost have announced a partnership which will see automated parcel pick-up and drop-off lockers installed at 11 stations. Users will be able to collect items from a range of retailers including Boohoo, NastyGal and Holland Barrett, and return items ...

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    Rail Business UK

    East Midlands Railway launches The Platform feedback tool


    UK: East Midlands Railway has launched The Platform, an online community where customers can share their experiences which is managed by independent research company Breaking Blue. ‘We currently have a post travel survey in existence which is very good for giving us statistics on how to ...