UK rail industry news – Page 2

  • Level crossing
    Rail Business UK

    Six themes to the work of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch


    UK: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch says six recurring safety themes ran through the operational and investigative activity undertaken during 2022. These were: the safety of track workers; railway operations; management of bad weather; safety of people getting on and off trains; safety at level ...

  • Havering plan
    Rail Business UK

    Light rail in Havering Council infrastructure vision


    UK: Havering Council has announced an infrastructure vision for the east London borough which includes a ‘tram, light rail or other form of transport’.

  • Network Rail engineering works
    Rail Business UK

    Network Rail publishes five-year Strategic Business Plan for England & Wales


    UK: Network Rail has published its Strategic Business Plan setting out how it intends to spend £44bn on operating, maintaining and renewing the rail network in England and Wales during Control Period 7, which runs for five years from April 1 2024. The SBP published on May ...

  • Digital screen
    Rail Business UK

    Rail innovators call for improvements to the funding ecosystem


    UK: The Rail Innovation Group has produced a report suggesting ways to improve the outcomes from innovation funding, setting out its micro, start-up and SME members’ experiences of receiving public support to help them enter the supply chain. The three recommendations are for funders to: ...

  • LNER Azuma Alnmouth
    Rail Business UK

    East Coast Azuma charter signed


    UK: LNER, Agility Trains and Hitachi Rail have signed a ‘pioneering’ Relationship Charter covering collaboration during the remaining 23 years of the contract to provide rolling stock for use on the East Coast Main Line. In 2014 Department for Transport’s Intercity Express Programme awarded Agility Trains ...

  • Reading Green Park station and GWR Class 165 DMU (Photo GWR)
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


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

  • GTR apprenticeships
    Rail Business UK

    Transport skills review published


    UK: The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education has published the findings of a review into skills and training needs across the transport and logistics sector. Having consulted with businesses, the report identifies nine core principles and characteristics that employers will in future be asked to ...

  • Chiltern Class 165 DMU at London Marylebone
    Rail Business UK

    Chiltern electrification alternatives studied


    UK: Chiltern Railways is working to present the Department for Transport with options for a fleet renewal programme, with London Marylebone being the only non-electrified London terminal and pressure for the withdrawal of diesel trains continuing to mount, particularly from local residents. Industry insiders report that ...

  • Garforth Beacon footbridge artist impression
    Rail Business UK

    Work to begin on first Beacon footbridge


    UK: Work is to begin this month on the construction of the first footbridge to the ‘Beacon’ design, named for its illuminated lift shafts. Due to be completed by April 2024, the first bridge will provide step free access at Garforth station in West Yorkshire. The ...

  • Tunnel
    Rail Business UK

    ORR requires Network Rail to clear structure examination backlog


    UK: Industry regulator the Office of Rail & Road has written to Network Rail regarding its concerns about a backlog in examining the condition of structures, including bridges, tunnels and culverts. ORR said it has been closely monitoring the infrastructure manager’s progress to clear the backlog ...

  • Chiltern strengthened six-car 16.11 Oxford to Marylebone train at High Wycombe
    Rail Business UK

    Chiltern Railways adds capacity to Oxford and retains loco-hauled fleet


    UK: Chiltern Railways is providing additional capacity between Oxford and London Marylebone following the emergency closure of the main line route between Oxford and Didcot on April 3 owing to the structural condition of the southern end of Nuneham Viaduct. With repairs to the viaduct now ...

  • Northern train wheelchair accessible PRM toilet
    Rail Business UK

    Six projects awarded rail accessibility innovation funding


    UK: Independent pan-disability body the Northern Accessibility User Group has selected six projects to share funding from Northern’s £250 000 Accessibility Innovation Fund. South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority will create an Accessibility Hub at the Meadowhall transport interchange in Sheffield. Working with TransPennine Express, this ...

  • Barrow sidings (1)
    Rail Business UK

    Collaborative approach completes depot upgrade


    UK: RTS Infrastructure Services has installed a new fuelling and servicing facility at Northern’s Barrow-in-Furness light maintenance depot, as part of a project which the contractor’s Managing Director Chris Reid said was a ‘masterclass in teamwork and flexibility’. The depot enhancements enable Northern to operate six-car ...

  • Greggs LST
    Rail Business UK

    Rail industry responds to longer lorry trailers


    UK: The rail freight sector is not expecting to see a significant impact from the government’s decision to allow the operation of longer semi-trailers on Great Britain’s roads, although the RMT trade union has expressed concern. Following 11 years of trials involving 300 operators and 3 ...

  • TransPennine Express Class 802 at Liverpool Lime Street
    Rail Business UK

    No silver bullet promised as TransPennine Express to transfer to Operator of Last Resort


    UK: FirstGroup’s National Rail Contract to operate TransPennine Express services will not be renewed when it expires on May 28, Secretary of State for Transport Mark Harper announced on May 11. Operations will instead be transferred to the government’s Operator of Last Resort. Services will run ...

  • Simon Jones and James Price
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


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

  • LNER passenger holding mobile phone
    Rail Business UK

    LNER to expand single-leg ticket pricing


    UK: LNER has announced the roll-out of single-leg pricing across all journeys where it manages the pricing, with tickets going on sale from May 14 for travel from June 11. The operator said this would make ticketing ‘simpler and more flexible’. Anytime Single, Off-Peak/Super Off-Peak Single ...

  • Network Rail overhead line engineers
    Rail Business UK

    Network Rail trials mid-week engineering work to reflect post-pandemic travel demand


    UK: With data from inter-city operator LNER suggesting that that Fridays and Sundays are now the most popular days for travel on the East Coast Main Line, infrastructure manager Network Rail is to undertake engineering work mid-week rather than at the weekend as a trial. Track, ...

  • Rishi Sunak on a train
    Rail Business UK

    Industry leaders call for Great British Railways legislation


    UK: More than 60 rail supply business leaders have signed an open letter to the Prime Minister urging him to bring forward the bill which would formally establish Great British Railways before the end of this parliament. The government published its rail reform proposals in 2021, ...

  • GBRf Health and Wellbeing centre, with CEO John Smith getting a blood pressure check
    Rail Business UK

    GB Railfreight opens health and wellbeing centres


    UK: GB Railfreight has opened dedicated health and wellbeing centres at its offices in London and Doncaster. The centres are equipped to check hearing, vision and blood pressure, and to undertake electrocardiograms, both for new staff and as part of annual check-ups. ‘These new centres provide ...