UK passenger train operator news – Page 10

  • Grand Central Journey Central
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    Grand Central launches at seat information and catering service


    UK: Grand Central is introducing an integrated digital portal for onboard entertainment, real-time journey information and at-seat catering. Journey Central has been developed with transport technology company Whoosh and contactless ordering specialist Ordamo. It is accessed through a passenger’s smart phone, tablet or laptop without the ...

  • TransPennine Express accepts final Nova 3 at Manchester__ International Depot
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    TransPennine Express mulls fleet strategy as final CAF trainset accepted


    UK: TransPennine Express held a ceremony at the Manchester International Depot in Longsight on June 16 to celebrate acceptance of the final train under its fleet renewal programme. The last train to arrive is one of the 13 CAF MkVa push-pull inter-city trainsets, branded Nova 3 by the operator.

  • Stadler Class 777 IPEMU
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    Stadler unveils independently-powered electric multiple-unit


    UK: Stadler has unveiled a Class 777 electric multiple-unit which has been fitted with a prototype battery energy storage system to enable operation on non-electrified tracks. The independently-powered electric multiple-unit is being supplied to Liverpool area transport authority Merseytravel in addition to ...

  • Great Western Railway has invited expressions of interest in trialling a battery powered train on the 4 km non-electrified branch line from West Ealing to Greenford in west London.
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    GWR to test battery train on branch line


    UK: Great Western Railway has invited expressions of interest in trialling a battery powered train on the 4 km non-electrified branch line from West Ealing to Greenford in west London. The operator notes that the trial ‘will support the objectives of the Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy ...

  • 390044 record attempt Winwick Junction 170621
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    London to Glasgow record narrowly missed


    UK: Despite some very impressive work by driver Neil Barker, an attempt by Avanti West Coast to set a new record for the London – Glasgow route on June 17 narrowly missed beating the record established by a pre-series Advanced Passenger Train in December 1984.

  • GTR Southern Class 455 EMU at station
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    Govia Thameslink Railway contract extended to March 2022


    UK: The Department for Transport has extended Govia Thameslink Railway’s Emergency Recovery Measures Agreement from September 20 2021 until March 31 2022 on the existing terms, and laid the ground for a directly-awarded contract which could run up to a further six years. Govia Thameslink Railway ...

  • TransPennine Express 802201 at Lamburton (Photo Tony Miles)
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    East Coast Main Line changes in planned May 2022 timetable


    UK: LNER and TransPennine Express have begun public consultation over plans to change timetables and service patterns on the East Coast Main Line from the May 2022 timetable. LNER says its proposed new timetable ‘builds on over a decade of planning and investment’ in Azuma trains ...

  • TfW Rail  CAF Class 197 factory
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    Welsh rolling stock strategy evolves as three-phase post-pandemic recovery envisaged


    UK: TfW Rail has again revised its fleet strategy as it seeks to ensure passenger services can be improved despite the financial constraints caused by Covid-19, Managing Director Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde tells Rail Business UK.

  • The Office of Rail & Road is undertaking a review to understand the lessons the industry can learn from the discovery of cracks on Hitachi Rail AT200 (Class 385) and AT300 (classes 800, 801 and 802) trainsets during May.
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    ‘Lessons learned’ review of Hitachi train crack issue


    UK: The Office of Rail & Road is undertaking a review to understand the lessons the industry can learn from the discovery of cracks on Hitachi Rail AT200 (Class 385) and AT300 (classes 800, 801 and 802) trainsets during May. ORR said it would work with ...

  • Test equipment fitted to unit 195002 (Photo: Northern)
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    Northern’s CAF multiple-units return to service


    UK: All but two of Northern’s CAF Class 195 diesel and Class 331 electric multiple-units are now back in service, after analysis of the causes of the cracks discovered in April and the development of a modification that is being rolled out across the Class 195 fleet.

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    London King’s Cross station remodelling completed


    UK: Network Rail has completed its remodelling of the approaches to London King’s Cross station as part of its £1·2bn East Coast Main Line upgrading programme. Wholesale replacement of the track layout installed in the early 1970s has allowed the station platforms to be extended for ...

  • gb-Swansea-Manchester Mk 4 DVT
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    Ex-Grand Central Mk IVs to operate Swansea – Manchester service


    UK: Transport for Wales has purchased a batch of 30 refurbished Mk IV inter-city carriages to operate its Swansea – Manchester route from December 2022, replacing the current Class 175 DMUs.

  • One of TPEs new Express Help Points
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    New way to get in touch from station help points


    UK: TransPennine Express is testing Everdelta station help points, which have a QR code which customers can scan with a mobile phone to obtain a link which enables them to connect with staff to obtain information or assistance. The service is currently being trialled at Huddersfield, ...

  • gb Transpennine Express Class 185 between Stalybridge and Huddersfield (Tony Miles)
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    Rail needs to be ‘relevant and wanted’ in an era of changed travel demand


    UK: ‘How we go about our daily lives and conduct our businesses has changed for a lot of people’, said Steve Montgomery, Managing Director of FirstGroup’s First Rail business at the TransPennine Express RE-Connect 2021 conference. Before the coronavirus ‘we were seeing customer numbers at record ...

  • Inverness Airport railway station artist's impression
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    Inverness Airport station approved


    UK: Highland Council’s planning committee has unanimously approved proposals to build a station at Inverness Airport on the Aberdeen – Inverness line. Located approximately 12 km northeast of the city, where the railway runs along the side of the airport, the station will have two platforms, ...

  • Inter7City face covering
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    ScotRail tests on-train Covid-19 check-in system


    UK: As part of Scotland’s coronavirus measures, ScotRail is undertaking an eight-week trial of the NHS Test & Protect Check In Scotland QR code system on one of its Inter7City trainsets, at the request of the Scottish government and Transport Scotland. From May 24, passengers with ...

  • gb ScotRail Class 318
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    ScotRail EMU overhaul contract awarded


    UK: Leasing company Eversholt Rail has awarded Brodie Engineering a ‘multimillion pound’ contract for the time-based overhaul of its fleet of 21 Class 318 electric multiple-units operated by ScotRail. This includes the safety critical overhaul of components including traction equipment, doors and heating and ventilation systems, ...

  • TransPennine Express train (Photo: Tony Miles).
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    FirstGroup agrees National Rail Contracts for SWR and TransPennine Express


    UK: The Department for Transport has finalised the first of the National Rail Contracts under which formerly franchised passenger services are to be operated over the next few years. The directly-awarded NRCs are envisaged as an interim step between the current Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements and ...

  • Matthew Golton
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    Matthew Golton to lead TransPennine Express


    UK: FirstGroup has announced the appointment of Matthew Golton as Managing Director of TransPennine Express from June 1. He will take over from Acting Managing Director Liz Collins, who is retiring from her current full-time role and taking up a new part-time position as Finance & ...

  • 769450 Flex at Southport 170521 TM1
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    Class 769 bi-mode trainsets enter service with Northern


    UK: Considerably later than envisaged, Northern’s first Class 769 bi-mode multiple-units entered service with the start of the new timetable on May 17.