UK news – Page 9

  • Greater Anglia has revealed the interior of the trainsets being supplied by Stadler for its inter-city services.
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    UK railway news round-up

    2019-07-04T05:00:00Z

    RSSB published its annual health and safety report on June 27, saying that fatigue, signals passed at danger and change management are key risks. It said Britain’s railways are the safest of the 10 biggest in the EU, with 1·4 fatalities per billion train-km, compared to 89·2 in Spain (the ...

  • The first implementation of Atkins’ digital interlocking technology on a UK passenger-carrying line has been commissioned.
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    Atkins’ digitalisation programme bears fruit as interlocking goes live

    2019-07-03T05:00:00Z

    UK: The first implementation of Atkins’ digital interlocking technology on a UK passenger-carrying line was commissioned on June 22-23. Atkins’ Strategic Rail Market Director Scott Kelley said the deployment was ‘a step change for the domestic signalling market’, with the project being ‘unique in that it involved new technologies, software ...

  • A consortium of Brookfield Infrastructure, GIC and Brookfield’s institutional partners have agreed to acquire short line group Genesee & Wyoming Inc in a $8·4bn transaction.
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    Genesee & Wyoming to be acquired in US$8·4bn deal

    2019-07-01T14:32:13Z

    INTERNATIONAL: A consortium of Brookfield Infrastructure, GIC and Brookfield’s institutional partners has agreed to acquire short line group Genesee & Wyoming Inc in a US$8·4bn transaction. The consortium would pay US$112 per share in cash, with G&W becoming a privately held company. ‘We believe this transaction is an ...

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    New trains launch ‘genuine transformation’ of Northern services

    2019-07-01T11:46:54Z

    UK: The first nine of 101 diesel and electric multiple-units being supplied to Northern by CAF entered passenger service on July 1. ‘Over the course of the rest of this year, the new trains will be introduced into towns and cities right across the north, marking a genuine transformation of ...

  • The winning FH Aachen team celebrates with IMechE head judge Bill Reeve of Transport Scotland.
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    Aachen students scoop IMechE Railway Challenge

    2019-07-01T09:33:00Z

    UK: A team of students from Aachen University of Applied Science was named champion of the eighth Railway Challenge organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, after successfully completing a series of on-track challenges at the Stapleford Miniature Railway on June 29-30. Open to students, apprentices ...

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    2019-06-27T05:00:00Z

    ‘We have no intention to bid for new UK rail franchises on the current risk profile offered by the Department for Transport’, said Stagecoach Chief Executive Martin Griffiths on June 26 when presenting the group’s preliminary report for the year to April 27. Its current UK franchised rail operations are ...

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    Midlands Hub plan to boost east-west connectivity

    2019-06-26T15:26:05Z

    UK: The Midlands Connect consortium of local authorities and regional transport bodies has unveiled proposals for a £2bn package of targeted improvements to boost rail services in the East and West Midlands. The group is seeking £25m in government funding to develop the business case for its Midlands Rail ...

  • Network Rail has awarded 17 framework contracts for signalling works with a total estimated value of £215m.
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    Network Rail announces signalling framework contracts worth £215m

    2019-06-25T13:00:12Z

    UK: Network Rail announced on June 25 the award of 17 framework contracts for signalling works with a total estimated value of £215m. The contracts cover ‘minor’ signalling works including refurbishment and component replacement. Network Rail CP6 Minor Signalling framework contracts Route ValueContractors Western £25m-£75m ...

  • Plans for a Blackpool – London open access service are ‘firmly on track’, with the launch now expected in spring 2020, Grand Central said.
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    Grand Central to launch Blackpool service in spring 2020

    2019-06-25T12:02:57Z

    UK: Plans for a Blackpool – London open access service are ‘firmly on track’, with the launch now expected in spring 2020, Grand Central said on June 24. In June last year the Office of Rail & Road granted Alliance Rail Holdings’ Great North Western Railway rights to operate the ...

  • The first phase of a restructuring of infrastructure manager Network Rail into 14 routes reporting to five regions was implemented on June 24.
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    Network Rail regions go live

    2019-06-24T15:49:15Z

    UK: The first phase of a restructuring of infrastructure manager Network Rail into 14 routes reporting to five regions was implemented on June 24. This is intended to devolve responsibility and decision-making to smaller organisations which are closer to customers, and to give local managers the ability to tackle performance ...

  • Transport for Wales has awarded Balfour Beatty, Alun Griffiths and Siemens Mobility early contractor involvement contracts ahead of procurement for the first stages of the South Wales Metro project.
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    South Wales Metro ECI contracts awarded

    2019-06-24T06:00:00Z

    UK: Transport for Wales has awarded Balfour Beatty, Alun Griffiths and Siemens Mobility early contractor involvement contracts ahead of procurement for the first stages of the South Wales Metro project. The project which is scheduled to be completed in 2023 covers modernisation, capacity enhancement and electrification works on branch lines ...

  • Network Rail has opened a £175 000  assisted travel lounge at Birmingham New Street station for use by passengers who need help getting between trains and the station concourse.
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    Assisted travel lounge opened at Birmingham New Street

    2019-06-22T08:00:00Z

    UK: Network Rail has opened a £175 000 assisted travel lounge at Birmingham New Street station for use by passengers who need help getting between trains and the station concourse. Designed with the guidance of Birmingham New Street’s accessibility forum, the lounge has bright multicoloured signs to aid the ...

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    2019-06-20T05:01:00Z

    Contractor Walker Construction is to begin work shortly on a £5m, year-long project funded by the Department for Transport to improve facilities and ease passenger congestion at St Albans City station. It includes construction of a two-storey extension to the main station building for a 'premier brand' convenience store, widening ...

  • Grand Union Trains has applied to the Office of Rail & Road for a track access agreement which would enable it to launch a Cardiff Central – London Paddington open access passenger service
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    Cardiff – London open access plan

    2019-06-19T05:00:00Z

    UK: Grand Union Trains has applied to the Office of Rail Road for a track access agreement which would enable it to launch a Cardiff Central – London Paddington open access passenger service from late 2020. The proposed hourly service would call at Newport, Severn Tunnel Junction ...

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    GB Railfreight to reopen March sidings

    2019-06-15T05:00:00Z

    UK: GB Railfreight has secured a lease for the disused March Up Yard rail sidings in Cambridgeshire in eastern England. The operator plans to use the site for the stabling and maintenance of rolling stock which is used on freight trains between Middleton Towers and Yorkshire, to carry aggregates between ...

  • The Department for Transport and Govia have agreed a short-term extension to the current South Eastern franchise.
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    Southeastern franchise extension confirmed

    2019-06-13T13:35:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport and the Govia joint venture of Go-Ahead (65%) and Keolis (35%) have agreed a short-term extension to the current South Eastern passenger franchise until November 10, the operator confirmed on June 13, with an option for a further extension to April 1 2020. The franchise ...

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    2019-06-13T05:00:00Z

    42 Technology has equipped Porterbrook ’s Class 319 technology demonstrator EMU with its Adaptable Carriage seating system, which enables seats to be moved out of the way to create space for freight, bicycles or luggage. 42 Technology is finalising a second demonstration installation which will automatically reconfigure off-the-shelf rail-certified seats. ...

  • ScotRail and InterpreterNow have introduced an app designed to make it easier for railway staff to communicate with deaf people using British Sign Language.
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    Sign language app for deaf passengers

    2019-06-12T05:00:00Z

    UK: ScotRail and InterpreterNow have introduced an app designed to make it easier for railway staff to communicate with deaf people using British Sign Language. The app can be installed on staff or customer smartphones, and provides immediate access to online British Sign Language interpreting via a video call. Customers ...

  • Virgin Trains has applied to operate open access trains between London and Liverpool.
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    Virgin Trains open access service to ‘show the rest of the industry how it can be done’

    2019-06-11T09:03:26Z

    UK: A partnership of Virgin Group, Stagecoach, SNCF and Alstom has applied to the Office of Rail & Road for permission to operate open access trains between London and Liverpool from May 2021, which it says would be ‘the UK’s most advanced and customer-focused’ rail service. The announcement on June ...

  • Class 800 and 802 bimodes now operate all GWR inter-city services from London Paddington.
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    GWR prepares for December timetable recast

    2019-06-11T07:00:00Z

    UK: More than three-quarters of all services operated by Great Western Railway are set to change with the introduction of a completely recast timetable on December 15, as the FirstGroup franchise operator moves to capitalise on the fruits of the Great Western Route Modernisation programme and increase capacity on some ...