UK passenger train operator news – Page 5

  • EMR train toilet
    Rail Business UK

    Train toilets get antimicrobial coating


    UK: The 162 toilets on East Midlands Railway’s Class 222 inter-city diesel multiple-unit fleet are being treated with Coatings Tech’s Cotech BioSafe protective coating incorporating Microban antimicrobial technology. Coatings Tech has previously applied its Cotech Clear Coat Easy Clean product for the outside of EMR trains, ...

  • Artists impression of a HS2 train
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    Managing Director of West Coast Partnership Development appointed


    UK: Shamit Gaiger has been appointed Managing Director of FirstGroup/Trenitalia’s High Speed 2 shadow operator West Coast Partnership Development, and is to join the business on July 25. Gaiger led AECOM’s Advisory Europe team, and has held roles at RSSB. She was Director of Strategy at ...

  • Reston station opening
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    Reston station opens


    UK: Reston station on the East Coast Main Line in the Scottish Borders opened on May 23. The first train to call since the closure of the previous station in 1964 was the 06.16 TransPennine Express service from Edinburgh.

  • Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram at ASLEF's Invest in Rail meeting (Photo: Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Burnham and Rotheram call for more control of rail


    UK: Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and his Liverpool City Region counterpart Steve Rotheram called for more investment in public transport and greater devolution of budgets and control at a meeting held in Manchester on May 12 as part of the ASLEF trade union’s Invest ...

  • Northern 195125 East Didsbury 190421
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    IVU.rail goes live at Northern


    UK: Northern has gone live with the first phase of deployment of IVU Traffic Technologies’ IVU.rail planning software, covering on-the-day control and engineering systems. This provides visibility of all resources in one system, supporting controllers in their decision making, reducing manual tasks to enable staff to ...

  • Translink-NI-Railways-DMU
    In depth

    Track Maintenance: Rail Health Strategy pays off


    By aligning its inspection, maintenance and renewal regimes using a holistic systems approach, Translink NI Railways’ permanent way department has delivered a significant reduction in rail defects, improved track quality and extended asset life.

  • GWR train
    Rail Business UK

    Rail industry mental health study commissioned


    UK: Great Western Railway and the Department for Transport have commissioned Samaritans and Mental Health at Work to study mental health and wellbeing support in the rail industry, and make recommendations so that the industry can raise staff awareness and provide support. This will highlight existing ...

  • Barrow Haven station
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    Barrow Haven platform replacement begins


    UK: Work has begun on a £1·3m project to replace the single platform at Barrow Haven, a small halt on the Barton-on-Humber branch in North Lincolnshire. The existing platform will be replaced by a 60 m long structure with raised tactile paving. East Midlands Railway is ...

  • Elizabeth Line roundel (Photo TfL)
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    Crossrail Elizabeth Line to open on May 24


    UK: Elizabeth Line services on the Crossrail route across central London will finally begin on May 24, Transport for London has announced. ‘The opening day is set to be a truly historic moment for the capital and the UK, and we look forward to showcasing a ...

  • GTR Class 717 EMU
    Rail Business UK

    ETCS lineside equipment commissioned on Northern City Line


    UK: In a major step for the East Coast Digital Programme, the ETCS Level 2 signalling and train control equipment on the Northern City Line between Finsbury Park and Moorgate was commissioned over the May Day bank holiday weekend. The conversion is a key element in ...

  • Standard Class - Refurbished Pendolino
    Rail Business UK

    Refurbished Pendolino returns to service with more seats and an updated interior


    UK: Avanti West Coast has returned to service the first of its 56 Pendolino trainsets to be modernised in a £117m refurbishment programme.

  • East Midlands Railway Class 222
    Rail Business UK

    Fleet-wide RFID tagging to locate wheel flats


    UK: The use of RFID tags to identify individual vehicles with wheel flats is being rolled out across East Midlands Railway’s fleet after a trial found it saved hours of staff time. Around 50 Class 153, 156, 158 and 222 vehicles were equipped with RFID tags ...

  • Angie Doll SNGX
    Rail Business UK

    Angie Doll becomes permanent Chief Operating Officer at Govia Thameslink Railway


    UK: Managing Director of Southern & Gatwick Express Angie Doll has been appointed as Govia Thameslink Railway’s Chief Operating Officer with effect from April 20, having been Interim COO for the past six months. She started her railway career in 1999 as Station Manager at Brighton. ...

  • Liverpool Baltic station impression (not the final design)
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    Liverpool Baltic station makes progress


    UK: Mott MacDonald has been appointed as lead designer for the planned Liverpool Baltic station between Liverpool Central and Brunswick on Merseyrail’s Northern Line. Mott MacDonald has been awarded the contract under Network Rail’s Design Services Framework, and will manage single option development and outline design ...

  • Cardiff Parkway (Image: Wilkinson Eyre)
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    Cardiff Parkway station approved


    UK: Plans for the proposed Cardiff Parkway station have been approved by Cardiff Council. The four-platform station to the south of the St Mellons Business Park between Cardiff and Newport is being promoted by Cardiff Parkway Development, in conjunction with a 90 000 m2 business district. ...

    Rail Business UK

    Safety was managed well in Class 800 cracking crisis, finds ORR


    UK: Rail industry processes ensured that passenger safety was not compromised following the discovery of bodyshell cracks on the Hitachi-built Class 800 series trainsets in May 2021, according to a report published by the Office of Rail & Road on April 7.

  • ScotRail train
    Rail Business UK

    ScotRail transfers to public ownership


    UK: ScotRail transferred to public ownership on April 1, with the 04.56 Inverness – Edinburgh train being the first service operated by ScotRail Trains Ltd, an arm’s length company owned and controlled by the Scottish government. The Scottish government had decided it would not to award ...

  • Coventry Station 6
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    Coventry station ‘transformation’ completed


    UK: An £82m ‘transformation’ of Coventry station has been officially completed by Network Rail, Avanti West Coast and other operators, Transport for West Midlands, Friargate JV Project Ltd, Coventry City Council and other local regeneration stakeholders. The project includes an extended station ...

  • GTR Southern Class 377 Electrostar arriving at station
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    Govia Thameslink Railway awarded National Rail Contract


    UK: The Department for Transport has awarded incumbent Govia Thameslink Railway a National Rail Contract to continue operating Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern passenger services from April 1 2022 until at least April 1 2025, with up to a further three years at the Secretary of ...

  • Caledonian Sleeper train
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    Temporary Measures Agreements for Scottish passenger services


    UK: The Scottish government has put in place Temporary Measures Agreements to ensure the continuation of ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper services following the expiry of Emergency Measures Agreements. The ScotRail TMA is a short-term deal covering the operation of services by Abellio until ScotRail Trains Ltd ...