UK passenger train operator news – Page 7

  • Northern 195125 at East Didsbury (Photo: Tony Miles)
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    Northern seeks battery-hybrid Class 195 variant


    UK: Northern Trains is seeking to introduce a battery-diesel hybrid version of its CAF Class 195 diesel multiple-units. The hybrid DMUs would be used on lines being modernised under the Transpennine Route Upgrade programme, primarily the Leeds –Brighouse – Manchester Victoria – Wigan and Huddersfield – ...

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    ScotRail consults on changes to ticket office opening hours


    UK: ScotRail has launched a review of all customer-facing functions, proposing changes to ticket office opening hours which it said would ‘better match customer purchasing and travelling habits in 2022 rather than 1991’ to provide ‘a financially and environmentally sustainable railway that will deliver value for ...

  • SWR Class 707 EMU
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    Arterio EMU delays lead South Western Railway to retain Class 707s


    UK: South Western Railway has extended its lease on 12 Class 707 electric multiple-units until August, following delays to the introduction of its Arterio Class 701 EMU fleet and the decision to bring forward the end of its lease on the two-car Class 456 units from February to January 17.

  • NI Railways Cullybackey station
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    Cullybackey signalling and level crossing work gets underway


    UK: Contractor Babcock has begun work on the £31m Cullybackey Area Signalling & Level Crossings Renewals Project, which includes signalling and telecoms improvements at three level crossings, a platform extension to accommodate six-car trains and 9 km of cable replacement. The project will take place in ...

  • Lumo MD Helen Wylde
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    Lumo Managing Director steps down


    UK: Helen Wylde stepped down as Managing Director of recently launched London – Edinburgh open access operator Lumo on January 4, in order to take up a position outside the rail industry. Phil Cameron, First Rail’s Commercial Projects Director, will act as Interim Managing Director until ...

  • Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail Class 385 EMU
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    ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper support extended


    UK: The Emergency Measures Agreements which temporarily vary the terms of the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises have been further extended from December 2021 until February 2022. Under the EMAs, the Scottish government will continue to provide Abellio ScotRail and Serco Caledonian Sleepers with additional funding ...

  • Joanne Maguire
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    ScotRail announces next Chief Operating Officer


    UK: ScotRail has announced the appointment of Joanne Maguire to succeed Ian McConnell as Chief Operating Officer on April 1, when the train operator transfers from Abellio to public body Scottish Rail Holdings. Maguire is currently Vice-Principal — Resources at the University of the West of ...

  • Goodmap screenshot from a TransPennine Express station (1)
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    TransPennine Express unveils accessibility initiatives


    UK: TransPennine Express has introduced the GoodMaps app, which guides blind and other users around stations to help them find features such as platforms, toilets, ticket offices and coffee shops. The app uses LIDAR and image recognition data, and does not require ...

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    ‘Serious errors’ made by Southeastern franchisee


    UK: Serious errors were made by Govia’s Southeastern franchisee London & South Eastern Railway Ltd in its engagement with the Department for Transport over several years, a review commissioned by the chairs of shareholders Go-Ahead Group and Keolis UK has found.

  • SWT 450 & 444 at Clapham Jn TM01-edited
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    Desiro air-conditioning goes digital


    UK: Siemens Mobility has awarded Knorr-Bremse a contract to overhaul and install remote monitoring equipment on 733 heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems on 172 Class 444 and Class 450 Desiro electric multiple-units operated by South Western Railway. The HVAC systems were made by Knorr-Bremse subsidiary Merak. ...

  • Headbolt Lane Station - Aerial View 1
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    Battery trains to serve Headbolt Lane station


    UK: Work is set to begin on construction of a station at Headbolt Lane as part of an initiative which will see Merseyrail Stadler Class 777 electric multiple-units use battery power to run around 2 km beyond the end of the 750 V DC third rail ...

  • Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail Class 385 EMU
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    Scottish Rail Holdings managers appointed


    UK: Two senior appointments have been announced at Scottish Rail Holdings, the Scottish government-owned company being set up to own ScotRail Trains Ltd, which will operate ScotRail passenger services after the current contract held by Abellio expires on March 31 2022. Chris Gibb has been appointed ...

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    Fleet and routes recast at TransPennine Express


    UK: TransPennine Express is to retain its full allocation of Class 185 DMUs for the medium term and introduce Class 802 electro-diesel trainsets on its West Coast Main Line services under a series of operational changes to be phased in at the next three timetable changes.

  • Transport for Wales Stadler Flirt
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    First Flirts delivered to Wales


    UK: The first two of the 35 Flirt multiple-units which Stadler is supplying to Transport for Wales have been delivered to Cardiff Canton depot, ready for testing and commissioning ahead of entry into service next year. ‘The arrival of the first unit in Cardiff less than ...

  • Avanti 390123 at Manchester Piccadilly 250820 TM1
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    West Coast Partnership Development MD to retire


    UK: Caroline Donaldson is to retire as Managing Director of West Coast Partnership Development at the end of March, FirstGroup announced on November 25. WCPD is the ‘shadow operator’ for High Speed 2, providing HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport with design and development services ...

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    Dartmoor reopening returns regular trains to Okehampton


    UK: GWR began operating regular passenger services between Exeter and Okehampton on November 20, with the ‘Dartmoor Line’ from Crediton being the first route to be reopened under the government’s ‘Restoring Your Railway’ programme.

  • Passenger using tablet
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    SODOR enters the space race


    UK: The Satellites for Digitalisation of Railways project has been launched to demonstrate how constellations of communication satellites could be combined with terrestrial telecoms networks to provided passengers and train operators with better onboard connectivity, including in stations and tunnels. SODOR is being developed by a ...

  • TransPennine Express Hitachi Class 802 near Manchester Victoria (Photo: Tony Miles)
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    TransPennine Express to trial inter-city battery hybrid train


    UK: Hitachi Rail, Angel Trains and TransPennine Express have agreed in principle to retrofit a traction battery to a five-car Class 802 Nova 1 electro-diesel trainset to create a trimode unit for trials.

  • Salisbury Fisherton Tunnel collision
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    Wheelslide likely cause of Salisbury collision, finds RAIB


    UK: Wheelslide, ‘almost certainly a result of low adhesion’, was the most likely cause of a collision between Great Western Railway and South Western Railway diesel multiple-units at Fisherton Tunnel in Salisbury on October 31, according to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.

  • Isle of Wight Island Line Class 484 on Ryde pier (Photo: SWR)
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    Isle of Wight’s Island Line reopens following £26m modernisation


    UK: The Isle of Wight’s Island Line reopened on November 1, following a £26m renewal programme including the introduction of a replacement fleet of electric multiple-units rebuilt from former London Underground trains. ‘We are so excited to welcome our customers back onboard having completed the ...