UK rail industry news

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    Rail Business UK

    Rail Business Awards entry deadline extended

    2021-09-24T07:01:00Z

    AWARDS: Businesses and organisations across the UK rail sector have been given an extra two weeks to submit their entries for the 24th Rail Business Awards. While submissions and nominations have been coming in strongly, we recognised that some companies’ preparations might have been impacted by ...

  • bus and rail partnership
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up

    2021-09-23T05:00:00Z

    This week’s round-up of business news from the UK railway industry

  • The Scottish government has extended the Emergency Measures Agreements for the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises until December.
    Rail Business UK

    ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper Emergency Measures Agreements extended

    2021-09-22T16:14:00Z

    UK: The Scottish government has extended the Emergency Measures Agreements for the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises until December. The EMAs put in place in March this year ran from April 1 to September 19. Under the extended agreements the two operators will continue to receive ...

  • Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester
    Rail Business UK

    Burnham ready to petition parliament to secure completion of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail

    2021-09-22T13:53:00Z

    UK: Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham is ready to petition parliament if the Northern Powerhouse Rail and High Speed 2 programmes are cut back or cancelled, he told Rail Business UK following the annual Transport for the North conference. ‘The publication of the Integrated Rail Plan ...

  • NPR and HS2
    Rail Business UK

    Northern leaders express concern over fate of Northern Powerhouse Rail and HS2

    2021-09-22T13:47:00Z

    UK: Concerns over the future of both the eastern leg of HS2 Phase 2b and the proposed Northern Powerhouse Rail programme were the focus of debate at the annual Transport for the North conference held in Leeds on September 21. High Speed 2 Lorna Pimlott, HS2 ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Rail Health & Wellbeing Index launched

    2021-09-22T05:00:00Z

    tn_gb-networkrail-people-hivi_03.jpg UK: The Rail Safety & Standards Board has developed a rail-specific Health & Wellbeing Index which is designed to enable organisations to assess health-based investment decisions by calculating the impact of risks such as fatigue, stress, mental health, musculoskeletal disorders, hand arm vibration syndrome, respiratory ...

  • GTR Class 717 at Blackfriars during ETCS tests
    Rail Business UK

    Thameslink test confirms ETCS backwards compatibility

    2021-09-21T11:21:00Z

    UK: A significant milestone has been reached in the East Coast Digital Programme, with the testing of a Great Northern Class 717 EMU over the Thameslink core between London St Pancras and Blackfriars stations using ETCS Level 2. The Siemens Mobility-built Class 717s are equipped ...

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    Rail Business UK

    National ETCS test lab under development

    2021-09-20T05:00:00Z

    UK: Atkins is developing a National ETCS Test Verification Validation & Integration Laboratory under a 10-year contract awarded by Network Rail as part of plans for the deployment of ERTMS across the network. Located at Atkins’ Signalling Integration Centre at Egham in Surrey, the facility is ...

  • Network Rail plans to double the number of apprenticeships offered.
    Rail Business UK

    Network Rail and YRP launch ‘Welcome to Rail’ initiative

    2021-09-17T10:39:00Z

    UK: Not-for-profit networking body Young Rail Professionals and Network Rail have joined forces to launch what is intended to become an annual induction programme for people new to working in the rail industry.

  • Avanti West Coast SuperVoyagers at Winwick (Photo Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    On-train air quality standards to be reviewed following RSSB research

    2021-09-16T15:36:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport has ordered a review of regulations governing exposure to air pollution on trains and at stations, after research commissioned from the Rail Safety & Standards Board found that air quality was ‘poorer than desired’ on some trains using diesel power. RSSB’s ...

  • Old Curzon Street Station refurb starts 2 Sept 2021
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up

    2021-09-16T05:00:00Z

    This week’s round-up of business news from the UK railway industry

  • West Midlands Trains Class 172 DMU at Acocks Green (Photo: Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Direct awards agreed with Greater Anglia and West Midlands Trains

    2021-09-15T15:30:00Z

    UK: The Abellio-led Greater Anglia and West Midlands Trains businesses have agreed directly-awarded National Rail Contracts with the Department for Transport, ahead of the expiry of their Emergency Recovery Measures Agreement contracts on September 19. Both business are currently run as joint ventures between Abellio and ...

  • KM Tools Alstom Derby Cairo monorail jigs
    Rail Business UK

    Jigs supplied to Derby for Cairo monorail project

    2021-09-13T13:00:00Z

    UK: KM Tools has designed and manufactured multiple SmartLine Jigs which Alstom’s Derby plant is using to assemble Innovia 300 monorail trains for export to Cairo. The Staffordshire-based company is also providing 24/7 on-site maintenance support for the jigs. ‘We are thrilled to be part of ...

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    Rail Business UK

    UK comments sought on post-Brexit TSI changes

    2021-09-13T05:00:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport is seeking feedback on proposed changes to EU Technical Specifications for Interoperability. While TSIs no longer apply in Great Britain following Brexit, the current requirements were embedded in UK legislation as part of the withdrawal process. The Secretary of State for ...

  • Three Hitachi-built electro-diesel trainsets of Class 800 and 802 meet at Plymouth.
    Rail Business UK

    Fatigue and stress led to Hitachi train cracks, finds ORR

    2021-09-10T15:00:00Z

    UK: Both fatigue and stress corrosion led to the cracks that resulted in Hitachi-built Class 80x trainsets and Class 385 EMUs being withdrawn from service earlier this year, according to an interim review released by the Office of Rail & Road.

  • Train Lidar
    Rail Business UK

    Gauge survey automation technology approved

    2021-09-10T10:00:00Z

    UK: Network Rail has approved the use of automation technology from Maestrano subsidiary Cordel for use in clearance gauging across the network. This is expected to help speed-up the work involved in introducing new trains or undertaking infrastructure works. The Cordel Workbench is an AI-powered automated ...

  • Wabtec Faiveley UK has completed refurbishment of the first two of 30 Class 321 electric multiple-units owned by Eversholt Rail, which are being upgraded for train operator Greater Anglia.
    Rail Business UK

    Varamis Rail enters the express logistics fray

    2021-09-10T05:08:00Z

    UK: An Anglo-Scottish express parcels and freight service is being planned by start-up Varamis Rail, which is seeking to revive a number of moribund or lightly used former mail and freight terminals across the network.

  • TransPennine Express Class 185 DMU (Photo: Siemens Mobility)
    Rail Business UK

    Digital upgrade for Siemens Mobility’s Class 185 DMU fleet

    2021-09-09T10:00:00Z

    UK: The 51 Class 185 diesel multiple-units which TransPennine Express leases from Eversholt Rail are to be equipped with Siemens Mobility’s Railigent cloud-based reporting tools, which are expected to improve reliability significantly while reducing overall maintenance and whole-life costs. The cloud-based digital tools will enable the ...

  • Revolution VLR
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up

    2021-09-09T05:00:00Z

    This week’s round-up of business news from the UK railway industry

  • Class 68 & Nova 3 set Scarborough
    Rail Business UK

    TransPennine Express pauses overnight servicing at Scarborough depot

    2021-09-08T10:00:00Z

    UK: TransPennine Express has ceased the overnight servicing of its Nova 3 push-pull trainsets at Scarborough depot, following repeated complaints from nearby residents about the noise created by the Class 68 locomotives. People living near the £7m facility which opened in 2019, were particularly concerned about ...