UK news – Page 9

  • Network Rail STEM learning centre (2)
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    Network Rail opens STEM learning facility to inspire the next generation

    2020-02-24T06:00:00Z

    UK: Network Rail has opened a dedicated STEM learning facility with the aim of closing national skills gaps by inspiring children to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. Schoolchildren and community groups can participate in a range of STEM-based activities ...

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    South Western Railway announces additional strike compensation

    2020-02-21T14:30:00Z

    UK: South Western Railway has announced additional compensation above normal delay repay arrangements for passengers who were affected by industrial action in December. The cost of up to five days of travel will be paid to season ticket holders and daily ticket holders who travelled frequently. ...

  • Porterbrook Hydroflex fuel cell multiple-unit
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    Porterbrook appoints former Labour adviser as Director of Public Affairs

    2020-02-21T06:00:00Z

    UK: Leasing company Porterbrook has appointed James McGowan as Director of Public Affairs with effect from March 2. McGowan has more than 20 years’ experience in politics and communications, most recently as transport policy adviser to Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald. Before that, he was ...

  • Grand Central Class 90 loco (Photo: DB Cargo UK)
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    Grand Central prepares to launch London – Blackpool services

    2020-02-20T16:48:00Z

    Source: DB Cargo UK UK: The first of five Class 90 electric locomotives to receive open access passenger operator Grand Central’s branding has been unveiled ahead of the launch of London Euston – Blackpool North services this spring. Four of the 175 km/h locomotives hired ...

  • Gospel Oak - Barking track repairs
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    UK railway news round-up

    2020-02-20T06:00:00Z

    Andrew Stephenson MP was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Transport on February 13, with responsibility for HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and the Trans-Pennine Route Upgrade. He was first elected as Conservative MP for Pendle in May 2010, and had been Minister of State ...

  • Acle Marshes user-worked-crossing
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    Wherry lines resignalling goes live

    2020-02-19T15:40:00Z

    UK: The Norwich – Great Yarmouth line reopened on February 17, services having been suspended since February 1 during a major project to replace the mechanical signalling with digital equipment controlled from Colchester. Final works are underway for the Norwich – Lowestoft line ...

  • Business, passenger, freight and community groups have published an open letter calling on Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps to end the stop-start nature of railway electrification projects
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    United call for a rolling programme of electrification

    2020-02-19T12:38:00Z

    UK: Business, passenger, freight and community groups have published an open letter calling on Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps to end the stop-start nature of railway electrification projects and instead kick-start an ‘ambitious’ rolling programme. The letter says electric railways: have ...

  • Passenger using a mobile device to access free on-demand entertainment.
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    On-train connectivity ‘stuck in the digital dark ages’

    2020-02-19T06:00:00Z

    UK: The National Infrastructure Commission has published its Connected Future: Getting Back on Track report, saying that progress with providing mobile connectivity on trains has stalled since the government accepted the findings of its 2016 Connected Future report. NIC found there are few technical ...

  • Wigan Springs Branch depot opening (Photo: Tony Miles)
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    Wigan multiple-unit depot inaugurated

    2020-02-18T10:00:00Z

    Source: Tony Miles UK: Northern and Network Rail have inaugurated a £46m rolling stock stabling and light maintenance facility at Wigan Springs Branch, alongside the former diesel locomotive depot now used by Network Rail. The four-road depot provides Northern with an additional base for its ...

  • EMU assembly at Bombardier Transportation's Derby factory.
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    Unite seeks reassurance about future of Bombardier’s Derby factory

    2020-02-17T21:51:00Z

    UK: Trade union Unite said it was seeking reassurances about the long-term future of the Bombardier Transportation factory in Derby following Alstom’s announcement on February 17 that it had signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire Bombardier Inc’s activities in the rail sector . ‘The Bombardier ...

  • Akiem Group has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Macquarie European Rail’s rolling stock leasing business
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    Akiem acquires Macquarie European Rail fleet

    2020-02-17T15:40:00Z

    EUROPE: Leasing company Akiem Group has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Macquarie European Rail’s rolling stock leasing business, subject to regulatory approval. The transaction includes 137 locomotives used by 21 freight and passenger operators, including EMD Class 66, Bombardier Traxx, Alstom Prima and GE Transportation ...

  • Ticket machine
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    Transport Focus publishes penalty fare appeals investigation

    2020-02-17T10:00:00Z

    UK: Transport Focus has published its Penalty Fares – the Appeals Process investigation into how passengers are treated when they appeal a penalty fare to two independent bodies under the regulations which came into force in 2018. The watchdog found problems with the signposting of ...

  • Transport for London has announced its preferred route option for the proposed extension of the London Trams network to serve Sutton
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    Transport for London selects preferred route and trams for Sutton Link

    2020-02-17T06:00:00Z

    UK: Transport for London has announced its preferred route option for the proposed extension of the London Trams network to serve Sutton, along with the use of light rail rather than bus rapid transit. Public feedback had been invited on three possible routes and the ...

  • West Midlands Trains EMUs at Five Ways
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    West Midlands Trains required to spend £20m on improvements

    2020-02-14T10:47:00Z

    Source: Tony Miles UK: West Midlands Trains must spend an extra £20m on improving services for passengers as a penalty for breaching its performance targets, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on February 9. The £20m will be used for a variety of measures including compensating ...

  • William Cook Rail bogie overhaul
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    William Cook Rail commissions bogie overhaul workshop

    2020-02-14T06:00:00Z

    UK: William Cook Rail has commissioned a 750 m 2 bogie overhaul workshop where it can undertake cleaning, shot blasting, non-destructive testing, repair welding, component replacement, painting and rebuilding work. This is complemented by machining facilities capable of accommodating complete bogie frames after repair. ...

  • Palace of Westminster from the river
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    Five ‘crunch points’ for the UK rail network

    2020-02-13T10:00:00Z

    UK: Ahead of the government delivering the first budget of the new parliament on March 11, the Railway Industry Association has highlighted five ‘crunch points’ for the rail network in 2020-24. These are: ‘boom and bust’ renewals; a lack of shovel-ready enhancements and, ...

  • Richard Hope-edited
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    Railway Gazette to launch Richard Hope award

    2020-02-13T09:53:00Z

    UK: To commemorate the life and career of former Railway Gazette Editor Richard Hope, who died in October 2019, the Railway Gazette Group is to launch a new award, which will be presented at the 22nd Rail Business Awards taking place in London on February 27.

  • Dover
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    UK railway news round-up

    2020-02-13T06:00:00Z

    Network Rail and Transport for London have agreed to join the board of Transport for the South East . The subnational transport body which brings together local authorities, business groups and the transport sector expects to publish a 30-year transport strategy for the region this summer. ...

  • Network Rail test train.
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    Energy Innovation Centre works with Network Rail

    2020-02-12T06:00:00Z

    UK: The Energy Innovation Centre not-for-profit organisation is working with Network Rail to find ways of monitoring the condition of uninterruptible power supplies. ‘Having run similar collaborations with some of the UK’s biggest energy networks and water companies, we are really excited to have the opportunity ...

  • GWR Class 387 Electrostar
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    Supply chain to collaborate on ETCS deployment

    2020-02-12T06:00:00Z

    UK: An agreement for the original manufacturers of existing rolling stock to take a more active role in the retrofitting of ETCS has been reached by leasing company Porterbrook, Siemens Mobility and Bombardier Transportation. ‘This is an excellent example of collaboration and partnership across the supply ...