UK rail industry news – Page 2

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    Battery trains could save £3·5bn, says Siemens Mobility


    UK: ‘Britain should never have to buy a diesel passenger train again’, said Sambit Banerjee, Joint CEO of Siemens Mobility UK & Ireland, when the company set out a case for ordering battery-electric trainsets which would use electrification where available and battery power on non-electrified tracks. ...

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    National Rail ticket buying options added to Google search results


    UK: Google has worked with B2B ticket retailing technology company SilverRail to make it easier for people planning journeys in the UK to buy train tickets from search results. This includes options to buy from Trainline and Trainpal. SilverRail is working on getting direct deep links ...

  • Shadow Transport Secretary, Louise Haigh visits the Hull Trains new Learning & Development Academy
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    Haigh confirms open access operators’ role in Labour’s rail plans


    UK: ‘Open access operators like these will play a role in the future of our railways under Labour’, Shadow Transport Secretary Louise Haigh said when she officially opened Hull Trains’ Learning & Development Academy. 

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    PBH Rail launches Civils division


    UK: York-based engineering and design company PBH Rail Group has formed a civil engineering division, headed by Gary Robson who has joined from Spencer Group. PBH Civil Consulting sits alongside the group’s existing Survey, Overhead Line, Track Engineering and Permanent Way teams. It will initially provide ...

  • Avanti West Coast Hitachi Evero train at Crewe (Photo AWC)
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    Hitachi Evero trains enter service with Avanti West Coast


    UK: Avanti West Coast announced Evero as the brand name for the 200 km/h inter-city trainsets being supplied by Hitachi Rail when its first Class 805 electro-diesel sets entered service with the June 2 timetable change. AWC has ordered 13 five-car Class 805 electro-diesel trainsets for ...

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    Pilot meet-and-greet service aims to help people use Derby station


    UK: East Midlands Railway and software company WelcoMe have launched a six-month pilot of a meet-and-greet service offering customers at Derby station a bespoke appointment to better support them with accessibility needs or specific travelling requirements. Example use cases include: someone who does not require ...

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    High Speed: Birmingham prepares to welcome truncated HS2


    Viaducts, depot sites and tunnels are taking shape at the Birmingham end of the 225 km High Speed 2 route. But doubts over completion of what was Phase I of the curtailed scheme continue to swirl. Nick Kingsley reports from Washwood Heath.

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    London’s off-peak Fridays trial ends


    UK: Transport for London is evaluating the results of offering off-peak pay-as-you-go fares all day on Fridays in a trial which began on March 8 and will end as scheduled on May 31. The trial announced by Mayor Sadiq Khan aimed to encourage public transport ridership ...

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    HS2 Phase 2b formally scrapped in favour of Liverpool – Manchester railway


    UK: A vote in parliament on the evening of May 21 brought a formal end to work on the Crewe to Manchester leg of HS2.

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    Mark Wild appointed HS2 Ltd CEO


    UK: Former Crossrail Ltd Chief Executive Mark Wild has been appointed CEO of high speed line project promoter HS2 Ltd. Wild is currently CEO of gas distribution network SGN. His previous roles have included CEO of Crossrail Ltd in 2018-22, London Underground Managing Director in 2016-19 ...

  • Northern staff in hi-vi clothing at depot (Photo Northern)
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    UK railway news round-up


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

  • Levenmouth reopening ceremony (Photo Transport Scotland)
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    Levenmouth rail link officially opened


    UK: The reinstated Levenmouth railway was official inaugurated by Scotland’s First Minister John Swinney on May 29, ahead of the start of passenger services on June 2.

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    Government is not putting passengers and taxpayers first, says Public Accounts Committee


    UK: The government has made little progress in implementing its plans for rail which are now largely on hold until the next parliament, the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee says in its report into rail reform which was published on May 27. In particular, PAC ...

  • Two TfW 197s on a Llandudno Jn to Man Airport service 2023 TM01
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    Wales ready for rail reform


    UK: Speaking to the UK parliamentary Transport Select Committee on May 21, the Welsh Cabinet Secretary for North Wales & Transport, Ken Skates, set out his three requests from the Westminster government as part of the emerging reform programme to establish Great British Railways. Skates called ...

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    Next East West Railway Co CEO announced


    UK: David Hughes has been appointed as CEO of Oxford to Cambridge project promoter East West Railway Co with effect from June 3. He succeeds Beth West, who announced in April that she would stepping down when her contract ended. Hughes joins from Arup, where he ...

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    Interview: ‘Welsh rail services are improving rapidly’


    UK: Transport for Wales Rail’s Chief Operating Officer Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde is optimistic about progress being made in transforming passenger services across the country, despite the financial and operational headwinds facing the Welsh transport sector. 

  • Hitachi Rail TPE battery trial (Photo Hitachi Rail) (2)
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    Hitachi tests battery train as a potential rail decarbonisation pathway


    UK: A Class 802 electro-diesel inter-city trainset which has been retrofitted with a battery in place of one of its three engines is being tested by Hitachi Rail, operator TransPennine Express and leasing company Angel Trains. The battery will provide top-up power for peak demand and ...

  • TransPennine-Express-Class-802-on-newly-wired-section-of-TRU-under-diesel-power-(Photo-Tony-Miles)
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    Arcadea invests in revenue protection software company Raspberry


    UK: Toronto-based software business investor Arcadea Group has acquired a majority stake in Raspberry Software, which specialises in mobile software for railway revenue protection and penalty fare appeals services. Founders Andy Jeff, Peter Jarvis and Simon Hopper will remain in their leadership positions at Suffolk-based Raspberry. ...

  • Virgin Trains Ticketing launches Charter for Change
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    Ticket retailer calls for access to all train fares


    UK: A ‘Charter for Change’ calling for third-party retailers to be given full access to all ticketing products has been launched by Virgin Trains Ticketing. This calls for: all tickets, fares and discounts to be made available for sale through all channels, enabling third party ...

  • Ukraine parcel (Photo Rail Partners)
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    UK rail industry supports Ukrainian railway workers


    UKRAINE: Nearly 7 500 food parcels have been delivered to Ukrainian railway employees and their families using £106 000 raised by UK industry association Rail Partners. The packages include oil, sugar, flour, salt, pasta, rice, corn and wheat cereals, canned fish and meat, pate, tea and ...