UK news – Page 8

  • SWR Class 442
    Rail Business UK

    Class 442 panel contract awarded


    UK: South Western Railway has awarded DB ESG a turnkey contract for the design, approval, supply, installation and testing of 36 drivers’ desk panels for 18 Class 442 EMUs. The panels are required for the re-tractioning of the units, which will involve considerable alterations to the ...

  • UrbanThings suite
    Urban news

    UrbanThings raises funding for smart mobility platform development


    UK: UrbanThings has raised a further £455 000 to support the development of its travel information, ticketing and customer insight platform, taking the total to £1·5m. ‘This fundraise will allow us to accelerate the development of our demand-responsive transit and smart mobility platform allowing transport operators ...

  • The government is to review the financial structure of Transport for London (Photo: TfL)
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    Government sets out details of Transport for London financial review


    UK: Cost efficiencies, workforce modernisation, alternative potential operating models and ‘exploring the feasibility of extending driverless operation from the Docklands Light Railway to other lines which are already automatic’ are to be considered by a government review into the financial structure of Transport for London. ...

  • Waterloo LED screen - hi res
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    High-definition information screen on test at London Waterloo


    UK: Network Rail and South Western Railway are testing a 3 m wide and 1·5 m high full-colour high-definition passenger information display screen supplied by Infotec at London Waterloo station. Network Rail said this was the first time that a full colour LED display had been ...

  • GTR coronavirus sign
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    Rail Supply Group’s Coronavirus Taskforce sets out path to recovery


    UK: The Rail Supply Group’s Coronavirus Taskforce has published its report setting out actions needed to support the recovery of the supply chain from the effects of the pandemic. Having been tasked by the government with drawing up a recovery plan for the rail sector, RSG commissioned an independent ...

  • Northern train during the coronavirus pandemic
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    Rail industry responds to transport reopening in England


    UK: ‘In England, from today we are making clear that anybody may use public transport, while of course encouraging people to consider alternative means of transport where they are available’, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on July 17. Johnson went on to say that ‘from August ...

  • gb SWR Class 701 at Wimbledon
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    Option enables SWR to expand Class 701 fleet


    UK: A contract amendment has been agreed which gives South Western Railway an option to acquire up to five more Class 701 Aventra electric multiple-units from Bombardier Transportation through leasing company Rock Rail. The original £895m agreement between First MTR South Western Trains Ltd and Rock ...

  • Edinburgh Tram 050614 TM1
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    Tram driver safety wristband under development


    UK: Edinburgh Trams is leading development of a wristband which would monitor and analyse tram driver fatigue and well-being, with trials are planned for later this year. Data from the wearable technology would be analysed in real time, triggering alerts at the operations control centre if ...

  • Manchester Piccadilly
    Rail Business UK

    Rail Needs Assessment to prioritise major projects in Midlands and north


    Photo: Tony Miles UK: The National Infrastructure Commission published an interim report on July 15 setting out how it will undertake a Rail Needs Assessment to inform the government’s Integrated Rail Plan for the Midlands and northern England. Announced by the government in February, the ...

  • HS2 electric forklift
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    UK railway news round-up


    A Faresin Eco Telehandler electric forklift supplied by plant hire company Flannery is being trialled by HS2 main works civils contractor Skanska Costain Strabag to assess the fuel, carbon and cost savings and the reduction in noise and the need for refuelling vehicles. ...

  • Stobart Rail machine
    Rail Business UK

    Stobart Rail & Civils bought by Bavaria Industries


    UK: Stobart Group Ltd has sold its Stobart Rail Civils plant hire and civil engineering business to Bavaria Industries Group, a München-based family holding company that acquires majority interests in companies where it believes there is potential for improvement. A total of 188 employees ...

  • Northern Class 195 DMU (Photo: Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Flexible ticket trial as Transport for the North plans contactless roll-out


    UK:· A smart card-based carnet-style ticketing product valid for travel on Northern services between Leeds and Harrogate has been launched, enabling passengers to buy a bundle of 10 tickets each valid for a day of unlimited travel which can be used at any time during the next ...

  • gb Soham station image
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    Architecture competition aims to shape the future of smaller stations


    UK: An international competition which aims to ‘shape the future of Britain’s railway stations’ has been launched by Network Rail and the Royal Institute of British Architects. Architects, engineers and designers have been asked to ‘reimagine’ the 2 000+ small and medium-sized stations which make up ...

  • Major projects include Toronto’s Ontario Line and the Yonge North, Scarborough and Eglinton West extensions
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    Rail export opportunities in Canada, Australia and New Zealand


    INTERNATIONAL: Business opportunities in Canada, Australia and New Zealand will be discussed in the next two in the series of webinars which the UK Department for International Trade and the Railway Industry Association are running to assist British railway suppliers looking to win export orders. The ...

  • gb TfW social distaince label
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    Face coverings to be compulsory on trains in Wales


    UK: The Welsh Government has announced that three-layer face coverings will be mandatory on public transport in Wales from July 27. Face coverings are already mandatory on trains in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Speaking at the daily Welsh Government coronavirus briefing, First Minister Mark ...

  • Waterloo 5 - 26 March
    Rail Business UK

    Renationalisation mooted as government exerts greater control over TOCs


    UK: The Department for Transport is looking to ‘reset’ its approach to railway operations and funding with the introduction of 18-month Emergency Remedial Measures Agreements in September to replace the current Emergency Measures Agreements, according to senior rail sector insiders.

  • 1st day of face coverings Man Picc 150620 TM16
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    Messaging rethink urged as rail faces slow recovery


    UK: Rail industry insiders are urging a rethink of government messaging to avoid using public transport, amid suggestions that a recovery of rail traffic to pre-Covid levels may not be achieved within two years.

  • gb Network Rail opens £14million facility in Doncaster after major expansion project
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    Network Rail opens £14m depot in Doncaster


    UK: Network Rail has opened a £14m depot in Doncaster where almost 600 people will be based. Mallard House, named after the steam locomotive, features gender neutral toilets and changing rooms as well as lifts for accessibility. Rob McIntosh, Managing Director for Network Rail’s Eastern ...

  • gb Wallington station GTR coronavirus posters
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    ONS reviews sector classification of Train Operating Companies


    UK: The Office for National Statistics is assessing whether the government’s Emergency Measures Agreements mean Train Operating Companies’ debts should be included on the national balance sheet. The result of the review of the sector classification of TOCs will be announced as soon as possible, ONS ...

  • Eurostar

    Eurostar looks to cut costs with reduced hours and part-time working


    EUROPE: Eurostar is looking to reduce its payroll costs through the introduction of reduced hours and more part-time working ‘wherever possible throughout 2021’, in a move which the cross-Channel high speed operator said was intended to protect jobs at a time when ‘the impact of Covid-19 has ...