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    Public Accounts Committee ‘unconvinced’ that arch sale was best value


    UK: The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has published its report into Network Rail’s £1·46bn sale of its commercial rental space portfolio in England and Wales – mainly railway arches – to The Arch Company on a 150-year leasehold basis. The report published on September ...

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    UK railway news round-up


    Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps has instructed HS2 Ltd to review its ancient woodlands clearance programme to assess which removals can be halted until after Douglas Oakervee completes his review of the project later this year. On September 16 Shapps said removals would ...

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    Old Oak Common HS2 station contract awarded


    Old Oak Common is one of two London stations on High Speed 2. UK: A joint venture of Balfour Beatty, Vinci and Systra has been selected to manage the construction and delivery of the High Speed 2 station at Old Oak Common in northwest London. ...

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    Network Rail backs post-hackathon accelerator fund


    UK: The ideas selected at this year’s HackTrain hackathon event on November 15-17 are to receive funding from Network Rail to accelerate the development of their concepts. River Tamoor Baig of HackTrain organiser Hack Partners said it had worked with NR to create a process that ...

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    Midlands Engine Rail proposal launched


    UK: Sub-national transport body Midlands Connect has set out its £3·5bn Midlands Engine Rail proposal for seven major projects which it says would ‘revolutionise’ the rail network in the East and West Midlands, helping to support sustainability, productivity and social mobility. The seven projects are: ...

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    Isle of Wight line’s future secured with £26m investment


    UK: Investment of £26m to secure the future of the 13·7 km line between Ryde and Shanklin on the Isle of Wight was announced on September 16. This includes infrastructure modernisation and replacement of the life-expired fleet of small profile ex-London Underground trains which date back to ...

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    UK railway news round-up


    UK 20190912 Southeastern introduced ‘Delay Repay 15’ on September 11, reducing the threshold for claiming a refund from 30 to 15 min. ‘Nearly 90% of passenger journeys on franchises we manage are now covered by the scheme’, said Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris. ...

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    East West Rail designated as nationally significant project


    UK: Following a public consultation process the government has designated the Bedford – Cambridge section of the Oxford – Cambridge railway corridor reinstatement scheme as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. This means that project promoter East West Railway Co can apply to the Secretary of State ...

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    ‘Digital twin’ to support more robust timetable planning


    Greater Anglia UK: Greater Anglia has worked with Toshiba to create a ‘digital twin’ of its network to assist with the development of new timetables, which can then be tested for robustness using artificial intelligence. Toshiba Digital Consulting Corp consolidated data previously stored ...

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    Camlin supports Network Rail with large-scale PANTOBOT 3D deployment on Great Western Main Line


    Camlin has been contracted by Network Rail Infrastructure Projects Wales & Western to supply and install its award-winning PANTOBOT 3D smart pantograph monitoring system at six locations on the Great Western Main Line.

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    Class 170 DMUs transfer to Wales


    UK: Transport for Wales has taken delivery of the first of eight three-car and four two-car Class 170 diesel multiple-units which are being transferred from Greater Anglia. Driver training is scheduled to begin on September 16 with the units expected to enter service on the ...

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    West Midlands Trains to split Chase Line services again


    EMUs replaced DMUs on the Chase Line following the completion of electrification in early 2019. Photo: Tony Miles UK: After months of poor performance on the Chase Line between Birmingham and Rugeley Trent Valley, West Midlands Trains has decided to split the route from its Birmingham ...

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    Show Us the Rail Enhancements, says Railway Industry Association


    Show Us the Rail Enhancements, says Railway Industry Association UK: The Railway Industry Association has launched a ‘Show Us the Rail Enhancements’ campaign, calling on the government to publish its list of planned large projects such as electrification and the provision of additional tracks. RIA ...

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    Riding Sunbeams deploys solar array


    UK: Riding Sunbeams Ltd has installed a 30 kWp solar test unit with around 100 panels near Aldershot which is directly supplying electricity to power signalling and lighting on Network Rail’s Wessex Route. This will enable data to be gathered to assess how much larger solar ...

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    SWR launches Tap2Go account-based smart card ticketing


    UK: South Western Railway has launched Tap2Go account-based smart card ticketing for use on its services outside London. The back office is provided by iBlocks and Worldline, while Cubic updated the gates and VIX the validators to accept Tap2Go. Passengers touch in and out at ...

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    UK railway news round-up


    UK 20190905 Govia Thameslink Railway has extended contactless pay-as-you-go with contactless cards or smartphones to Radlett, Potters Bar and Brookmans Park stations with effect from August 29. Pay-as-you-go with Oyster has also been extended to Radlett and Potters Bar. From September ...

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    Rail Delivery Group CEO to stay on


    UK: Paul Plummer is to stay on as Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group rather than go ahead with plans to retire which he had announced in May. On September 3 RDG said that despite attracting a ‘strong’ field of candidates to succeed Plummer, ...

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    ​HS2 benefits ‘substantially undervalued’ amid rising costs


    UK: The Chairman of High Speed 2 Ltd Allan Cook believes that ‘the benefits of the current scheme are substantially undervalued’, according to a ‘stocktake report’ presented to the House of Commons by Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps on September 3. Updating Parliament on ...

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    Channel Tunnel ‘ready for Brexit’


    EUROPE: Channel Tunnel concessionaire Eurotunnel is prepared for the UK’s scheduled departure from the European Union on October 31 ‘no matter the outcome’, it said on September 2. The company said there would no change to immigration formalities for the 22 million passengers/year who ...

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    Systra buys British Steel’s TSP Projects business


    UK: Systra announced the acquisition of British Steel’s TSP Projects subsidiary on August 30. The international transport consultancy said this would double its presence in the UK, with TSP Projects’ extensive experience of civils, electrification and track works complementing its existing UK rail engineering services and providing ...