UK rail industry news – Page 10

  • Southern Class 171 DMU
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    Third rail or batteries could replace Southern diesel trains


    UK: Govia Thameslink Railway is unable to commit to decarbonisation of its operations unless Network Rail and the Department for Transport agree to fund and implement alternatives to diesel operation on the un-electrified Ashford – Hastings and Hurst Green – Uckfield lines, the operator says in its ...

  • Manchester Metrolink
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    English public transport in a ‘precarious position’ says UTG


    UK: Public transport in English city regions is in a ‘precarious position’, the Urban Transport Group said when it published its Inside Track: The state of transport 2024 report into trends over the last decade. The number of trips made per person in 2022 was 862, ...

  • Jeremy Hunt at Siemens Chippenham event
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    ‘A day for the history books’ as Siemens to relocate Chippenham signalling factory


    UK: Siemens Mobility has announced plans to relocate its existing rail control and signalling factory in Chippenham to a newly built site on the edge of the town by the end of 2026. The move was announced on March 4 at a ceremony in the factory ...

  • London Underground gateline contactless payment (Photo Transport for London)
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    London trial of all-day Friday off-peak fares agreed


    UK: Agreement has been reached to trial all-day off-peak rail and Underground fares in London on Fridays from March 8 until May 31. The aim of the trial is to help Transport for London and train operators understand the impact of lower fares on ridership and ...

  • Keadby sliding bridge work (Photo Network Rail)
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    Renewals at Network Rail’s only sliding bridge


    UK: Network Rail has completed a nine-day programme of engineering work at its only sliding bridge, which carries the route from Scunthorpe to Doncaster over the Stainforth & Keadby canal and moves to let boats through. The project completed on February 26 included track renewals and ...

  • West Midlands Railway Birmingham Moor Street DMU (Photo Tony Miles)
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    Midlands Rail Hub planning funding confirmed


    UK: The government has confirmed an initial £123m of funding for the £1·75bn Midlands Rail Hub programme to enhance east-west connections in the Midlands.

  • Calvert IMD aerial view
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    UK railway news round-up


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

  • Lumo at London King's Cross (Photo Lumo)
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    Lumo plans to extend open access services to Glasgow


    UK: Open access train operator Lumo is has announced plans to extend some of its London – Edinburgh services to Glasgow. The FirstGroup-owned company is working with Transport Scotland and infrastructure manager Network Rail to agree final route options and timings ahead of an application for ...

  • Palace of Westminster clock tower
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    Transport Committee invites feedback on draft rail reform bill


    Source: Mary R Smith/Pixabay UK: The House of Commons Transport Select Committee has launched its pre-legislative scrutiny of the government’s draft Rail Reform Bill, inviting experts to share their views. The Committee will examine the draft bill’s proposals and make recommendations to the government on how ...

  • BSL station annoucement at Weeton (Photo Northern)
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    Northern uses AI to trial British Sign Language announcements


    UK: Train operator Northern is working with InfoTec and Signapse to test the use of AI to provide onboard announcements in British Sign Language. The software combines individual words signed by a BSL interpreter to display complete sentences on the information screens. The initial trials involve ...

  • Passengers at London Euston station walking up the ramp from platforms to the concourse (Photo Network Rail)
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    Rail demand to exceed capacity under any scenario, says Steer


    UK: Rail passenger numbers will grow steadily even under the most pessimistic scenarios and could double by 2050, according to research undertaken by consultancy Steer for the Railway Industry Association. Passenger volumes could grow between at least 37% and nearly 100% up to 2050, when compared ...

  • Rishi Sunak on a train
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    High Speed 2 funding ‘reallocated’ to roads


    UK: The government has announced a £4·7bn Local Transport Fund to support projects in smaller cities, towns and rural areas England’s north and Midlands using what it describes as ‘reallocated HS2 funding’. The fund is for communities which do not benefit from City Region Sustainable Transport ...

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    Excellence recognised as Rail Business Awards come to Manchester


    UK: Four awards related to modernisation of the Tyne & Wear Metro and recognition of the success of the Elizabeth Line in London were highlights of the 26th Rail Business Awards, held for the first time in Manchester on February 22.

  • Steve Murphy
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    Steve Murphy to leave MTR UK


    UK: MTR UK Chief Executive Steve Murphy is to leave ‘to pursue other career goals’, Hong Kong-based transport group MTR Corp announced on February 23. Murphy’s last working day will be March 29. The process of appointing a new CEO has begun, and the MTR Elizabeth ...

  • tickets
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    Business travel technology partnership


    UK: Ticket agent International Rail is to partner with the Business Travel Association to look at ‘the simplest, most efficient and most cost-effective ways’ to use technology to meet rail travel needs. ‘As travel becomes increasingly reliant on technology, International Rail’s expertise and our extensive base ...

  • TRIA (Group L)
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    Rail training academy to develop local skills


    UK: The Transport, Rail & Infrastructure Academy developed by City of Wolverhampton College and National Infrastructure Solutions was officially opened by Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street on February 20. The academy at the Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation’s Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre ...

  • New cleaning walkways at Grove Park (Photo Southeastern)
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    UK railway news round-up


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  • Brodie Engineering
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    Porterbrook takes stake in Brodie Engineering


    UK: Rolling stock leasing and asset management company Porterbrook has agreed to take a 49% stake in Brodie Engineering, which specialises in the heavy maintenance, refurbishment and overhaul of passenger and freight vehicles. Brodie Engineering was established in 1996 and now has two sites in Kilmarnock, ...

  • Palace of Westminster (Photo Steve Bidmead, Pixabay)
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    UK government publishes Draft Rail Reform Bill


    UK: The government has published its Draft Rail Reform Bill, to give parliamentarians and the industry an opportunity to provide feedback. Legislation is needed to implement the government’s rail reform proposals, including the creation of Great British Railways. However, a bill is unlikely to pass before ...

  • tickets
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    Amex GBT to sell wider array of National Rail products


    UK: American Express Global Business Travel has obtained a Travel Agent Licence from the Rail Delivery Group. This enables Amex GBT to sell a wider array of National Rail products to corporate customers, with responsibility for sales, refunds and customer care. Amex GBT will participate in ...