UK passenger train operator news – Page 9

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    Stadler hands over first of 53 EMUs to Merseytravel


    UK: The first of 53 Class 777 EMUs which Stadler is manufacturing for Merseyrail services has been formally handed over to Merseytravel, which will own the fleet on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. The handover follows intensive testing in Germany and on the ...

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    ScotRail consults on reduced post-pandemic timetable


    UK: Facing the possibility of a long-term reduction in passenger numbers following the pandemic, ScotRail has begun a two-month consultation on a permanent cut in weekday services from around 2 400 to 2 100 trains from May 2022.

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    Disabled trainer-led courses for all GTR staff


    UK: All customer-facing Govia Thameslink Railway staff have now participated in disability equality courses delivered by experts who are themselves disabled, and the programme is being expanded to all the operator’s staff including the board. The courses are delivered by a company owned by wheelchair-using accessibility ...

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    Machine learning deployed to support train operations decision-making


    UK: South Western Railway and the University of Portsmouth have co-operated to develop machine learning software which analyses real-time train running data to automatically identify services at risk of delay and assist controllers with selecting and implementing the most appropriate contingency plan. The creation of a ...

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    Colas to sell Pullman Rail to Transport for Wales


    UK: Transport for Wales has signed an agreement to purchase Colas Rail’s Pullman Rail business, which provides rolling stock engineering services at Canton in Cardiff. TfW said it had reviewed its depot and stabling facilities, and concluded that the acquisition of Pullman would provide extra capacity ...

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    Assisted boarding points cut assistance notice time to 10 min


    UK: South Western Railway is reducing the advance notice needed for assisted travel services to 10 min, with the roll out of assisted boarding points at stations where passengers can contact its customer service centre which will then let the guard on the next available train ...

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    Crossrail 2 and major infrastructure investment still required on South West Main Line despite Covid-19 effect, warns Network Rail


    UK: A report issued by Network Rail indicates that the expected drop in commuter and business travel caused by Covid-19 will not be sufficient to remove the need for major infrastructure investment on the South West Main Line serving London Waterloo, including potential resumption of work on Crossrail 2.

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    Southeastern Managing Director named


    UK: The Go-Ahead Group has announced the appointment of Southeastern Managing Director David Statham as Strategy Director from October, overseeing business strategy across the group’s rail, bus and public transport activities including its response to climate change. David Statham Go-Ahead recently announced ...

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    Hackney Central station expansion underway


    UK: Work has started on a £3m refurbishment of the London Overground station at Hackney Central on the North London Line, including the construction of a second entrance.

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    Arup to undertake all-Ireland rail review


    EUROPE: Ireland’s Department of Transport and Northern Ireland’s Department for Infrastructure have commissioned Arup to undertake an All Island Strategic Rail Review, which will consider how the 1 600 mm gauge rail networks can be used to improve connectivity, enhance regional accessibility and support balanced development. ...

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    First train operator publishes social value report


    UK: South Western Railway has published its first Social Value Report, assessing the train operator’s impact on wider society, the environment and the economy as determined by the Rail Social Value tool developed by the Rail Safety & Standards Board. SWR commissioned Larch Consulting to assess ...

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    Transport for Wales Flirts on test in Switzerland


    UK: Testing has begun in Switzerland of the first of the Flirt multiple-units which Stadler is building for Transport for Wales, ahead of delivery for further testing on the Wales & Borders network and entry into passenger service from the end of 2022. Stadler is supplying ...

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    Worldline and Evoke self-service ticket kiosk tested


    UK: Govia Thameslink Railway is to trial a ticket machine which has been developed by Worldline and Evoke Creative, drawing on experience supplying self-service machines to customers including McDonald’s, Vue Cinema and JD Sports. ‘The key to a great customer experience on a kiosk is making ...

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    Welsh Affairs Committee calls for a Wales Rail Board, Swansea Bay Metro and electrification


    UK: Cardiff – Swansea electrification, a Swansea Bay Metro and the creation of a Wales Rail Board tasked with prioritising proposals for investment have been recommended by the House of Commons’ Welsh Affairs Committee. Published on July 14, the Railway Infrastructure in Wales report recommends the ...

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    Hull Trains Managing Director Louise Cheeseman leaves for TfL


    UK: Louise Cheeseman stepped down as Managing Director of FirstGroup’s open access operator Hull Trains on July 12, ahead of joining Transport for London as Director of Buses on August 2. Andy Mellors, Managing Director of Non-Franchised Businesses for the parent company’s First Rail business unit, ...

  • TransPennine Express Nova 3 Class 68 (Photo Tony Miles)
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    Trans-Pennine electrification hopes rise


    UK: Industry sources report that there is now ‘every chance’ of the entire trans-Pennine route between Manchester and Leeds being electrified, rather than only the western portion as far as Stalybridge and then east from Huddersfield to Leeds. Passenger and freight operators are understood to be ...

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    Greater Anglia trainee programme develops skills


    UK: Greater Anglia is providing work experience placements on its Customer Service Traineeship course for 10 young people currently out of mainstream education or employment. The eight-week programme organised in partnership with Central Training Group combines classroom learning and work shadowing to support young people who ...

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    Passenger information lessons learned from the cracking crisis


    UK: The Office of Rail & Road has released a review into the impact on passengers from the emergency withdrawal of all Class 80x Hitachi trains and the way the crisis was subsequently handled by operators Great Western Railway, LNER, TransPennine Express and Hull Trains. The investigation ...

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    Sustainability focus at the 24th Rail Business Awards


    UK: The 24th Rail Business Awards is looking to recognise and celebrate excellence in sustainability and environmental initiatives across the UK rail sector. 

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    Long-term plans to address Hitachi train cracks under development


    UK: Instrumented trainsets are providing data to help plan the work needed to repair cracking on Hitachi-built trainsets, as operators consider longer term strategies to address the issue over the life of the fleets.