UK rail industry news

  • Ukraine - Network Rail team
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    Network Rail sends tools to Ukraine


    UKRAINE: British infrastructure manager Network Rail and its supply chain partners have donated four vehicles loaded with railway spares and tools including generators, drills, jacks and cutting equipment to Ukraine’s national railway Ukrzaliznytsia, which issued an appeal for help through the International Union of Railways following ...

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  • London Liverpool Street station concourse
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    Rail industry responds to RMT strike vote


    UK: The rail industry has responded to RMT union members’ vote in favour of strike action across Network Rail and a number of train operating companies. Announcing the ballot result on May 24, RMT said 71% of the more than 40 000 members who were balloted ...

  • 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 ...

  • Bellrock Technology
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    Analytics to improve rolling stock condition monitoring


    UK: University of Strathclyde spin-off company Bellrock Technology is working with leasing company Angel Trains to provide a ‘proof of value’ showing how its Lumen analytics software can improve rolling stock condition monitoring. One four-week project will look at obtaining more meaningful data from door fault ...

  • Elizabeth Line roundel (Photo TfL)
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    Industry responds to launch of cross-London Elizabeth Line


    UK: Organisations from the across the rail sector have commented on the opening of London’s Elizabeth Line on May 24. Politics Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps said ’the Elizabeth Line is a beacon of British success, not just for this marvel of engineering but ...

  • Elizabeth Line trains Abbey Wood-CJ
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    London’s Elizabeth Line opens at last


    UK: Elizabeth Line services began running on the Crossrail core route across central London on May 24, with an initial 12 trains/h linking Paddington station in the west to Abbey Wood in the southeast. 

  • 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.

  • Freightliner employee James Mather- a member of the team fitting RFID tags at Crewe Maintenance Facility
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    RFID tags fitted to freight fleets


    UK: Work is underway to fit more than 15 000 wagons and freight locomotives with radio frequency identification tags for use by lineside readers at 22 wheelset monitoring locations. The two-year project is being funded from the £22m Freight Safety Improvement Portfolio for 2019-24. ‘Each freight ...

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

  • Get us back on track (1)
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    Rawtenstall – Manchester travel corridor business case under development


    UK: Systra is to undertake a survey of residents and business on behalf of Rossendale Council to support the production of a strategic outline business case for the development of a Rawtenstall – Manchester travel corridor. The council was awarded £150 000 from the Department for ...

  • Railtex-Infrarail-2022 (1)
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    Next Railtex to be held in Birmingham in May 2023


    UK: The next Railtex industry trade fair will be held at the NEC in Birmingham on May 9–11 2023, event organiser Mack-Brooks Exhibitions has confirmed. A total of 130 companies from 14 countries exhibited at the Railtex/Infrarail 2022 event at Olympia London ...

  • 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 ...

  • Urmston passengers
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    Next Chair of Transport Focus appointed


    UK: Nigel Stevens has been appointed as Chair of Transport Focus, the arm’s length body of the Department for Transport which acts as the independent statutory consumer watchdog for rail passengers in Great Britain; bus, coach and tram passengers in England outside London; and all users ...

  • Thales TPWS Mk4
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    Thales launches TPWS Mk4 Single Cab Control Unit


    UK: Thales has launched the Mk4 version of its Train Protection & Warning System control unit, which is designed to offer additional features through a simple upgrade from previous versions. The first deployments of the Mk4 will be with Northern Ireland Railways and Chiltern Railways, where ...

  • Elizabeth Line escalators (Photo TfL)
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    Regulator approves Elizabeth Line passenger operation


    UK: Industry regulator the Office of Rail & Road confirmed on May 13 that London’s Elizabeth Line had received final authorisations for the passenger use of its infrastructure, trains and stations (except Bond Street), ahead of the opening which is scheduled for May 24. Bond Street ...

  • Bulldog tools shovel
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    Individually tested insulated tools for the rail industry


    UK: Rollins & Sons is now offering its Bulldog range of insulated hand tools in the rail sector, in response to demand from customers who were familiar with its products from other markets. Each Network Rail approved PowerBreaker tool is manufactured in Wigan and individually tested ...

  • West Midlands Interchange
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  • QTS skills academy
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    Skills academy aims to set young people up for a career in rail


    UK: A Rail Skills Academy for people aged 18 to 24 years has been launched at contractor QTS Group’s Drumclog headquarters with funding from East Ayrshire Council’s Young Person Guarantee programme. The nine-week courses are designed to equip participants with the skills and experience required to ...