UK news – Page 9

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    Rail Business UK

    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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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    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.

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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    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 ...

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    UK railway news round-up


    HS2 contractor Skanska Costain Strabag JV has awarded 3Squared a three-year contract to supply its RailSmart software to provide visibility of its complex freight supply chain, with live performance, cost management information and operational control data in real-time. This will include bespoke enhancements for ...

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    Agreements signed to allow direct Amsterdam – London trains


    EUROPE: Eurostar is set to launch direct services between Amsterdam and London later this year, following the signing on July 7 of four-country agreements covering the legal and security arrangements. A date for the start of through services has not yet been finalised, the high speed ...

  • The government is preparing for a further 18 months of financial support for passenger train operators once the existing Emergency Measures Agreements expire on September 20, industry insiders have confirmed.
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    Franchise support to be extended by 18 months


    UK: The government is preparing for a further 18 months of financial support for passenger train operators once the existing Emergency Measures Agreements expire on September 20, industry insiders have confirmed. A formal decision is expected to be announced by Secretary of State for Transport Grant ...

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    Urban news

    Emergency support for Glasgow Subway and Edinburgh Trams


    UK: The Scottish Government is to provide up to £9m of emergency funding for the Glasgow Subway and Edinburgh Trams to help mitigate the financial impact of the drop in ridership as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The emergency measures announced on July 7 will ...

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    Snowdon Mountain Railway takes delivery of diesel-battery locomotives


    UK: The Snowdon Mountain Railway has taken delivery of two 800 mm gauge diesel-battery hybrid Abt rack locomotives ordered last year from Clayton Equipment, which specialises in the production of bespoke designs for specialist railway, metro, mining and tunnelling applications. Thanks to the hybrid drive, ...

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    Blackpool trams to resume as UK light rail operators reflect government guidance


    UK: Blackpool’s trams are to begin operating once more from July 19, having been suspended since March 29 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Operator Blackpool Transport said the resumption of services on the 16 km route was intended to ‘support the town’s economy and provide an ...

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    Battery traction agreement signed as Hitachi sees market for more than 400 trains in the UK


    UK: Hitachi Rail and battery company Hyperdrive Innovation have signed a memorandum of understanding for the joint development of a battery pack suitable for powering trains, and a roadmap towards a manufacturing agreement which would cover any future orders. The battery packs ...

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    Welding gantry supplied to Bombardier Transportation’s Derby factory


    UK: KM Tools has supplied Bombardier Transportation’s Derby factory with a custom welding gantry for the production of rolling stock bodyshells. Bombardier required a new gantry that closely matched the ones already operational, so KM Tools reverse engineered a new machine to the required specification and ...

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    Nine factors to consider when designing future stations


    UK: Design Council has published ThinkStation , a report which was commissioned by Network Rail to provide a framework for the future design of ‘local’ stations. These are defined as Network Rail categories D, E and F, the smaller stations which make up around 80% of the ...

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    SNCF catenary design adopted as HS2 begins electrification procurement


    UK: HS2 Ltd has launched the process to procure overhead line equipment for the high speed railway now under construction between London and the West Midlands. The project delivery company announced on July 2 that it was seeking to award two railway systems contracts in a ...

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    UK railway news round-up


    Horden station on the Durham Coast line was opened on June 29. It is initially being served by one train per hour each way, calling at all stations between Newcastle and Middlesbrough. The £10·55m project was led by Durham County Council and Network Rail, supported by ...

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    Crowdsourcing train loadings to support social distancing


    Trainline UK: Independent ticket retailer Trainline has launched a function on its app which is designed to help passengers alert other people if they find that it is not possible to socially distance in particular areas of specific trains. Passengers using the ...