UK rail industry news – Page 3

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    Video analytics supports lineside vegetation management


    UK: Greater Anglia is using AI to analyse video footage from on-train cameras to pre-emptively identify vegetation which might block the line, obscure signals or lead to leaf fall problems. Maps are generated showing where issues have been identified, enabling Network Rail to prioritise issues by ...

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    Clayton Equipment expects global interest in battery loco


    UK: Clayton Equipment says it is expecting worldwide interest in its CB45 battery shunting locomotive, designed as a smaller model offering ‘significant benefits’ over larger counterparts in the range including quieter and emission-free operation. The manufacturer said battery traction is becoming increasingly attractive, as the performance ...

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    McLoughlin berates government over northern rail failures as disruption set to worsen


    UK: TfN Chair Lord Patrick McLoughlin has described the ongoing rail disruption on routes within and to and from northern England as ‘unacceptable’. 

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    Class 387/1 EMU to be fitted with ETCS


    UK: Govia Thameslink Railway has sent its first Class 387/1 EMU to be fitted with ETCS in-cab signalling as part of the East Coast Digital Programme. Alstom will install the Atlas 3 ETCS in Worksop, including a new driver’s dashboard, AWS/TPWS, doppler radar and ETCS ...

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    Land acquired for Global Centre of Rail Excellence


    UK: The 700 ha site for the Global Centre of Rail Excellence research and testing facility at the former Nant Helen opencast site and Onllwyn washery has formally been acquired from mining company Celtic Energy, the Welsh government’s Economy Minister Vaughan Gething has announced. Outline planning ...

  • Northern England electrification priorities
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    Electrification priorities in northern England


    UK: The Railway Industry Association North has published Greener, Faster, Better, setting out which routes in northern England should be prioritised for electrification and where battery or hydrogen could be appropriate. This was one of the key recommendations of RIA North’s previous Building the North’s New ...

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    UK railway news round-up


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

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    Mark Harper appointed Secretary of State for Transport


    UK: New Prime Minister Rishi Sunak named Mark Harper as Secretary of State for Transport on October 25, succeeding Anne-Marie Trevelyan. Commenting on his appointment, Harper said ‘transport affects us all, and I can’t wait to tackle the challenges we face so we can deliver for ...

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    Bristol Temple Meads to host Station Innovation Zone


    UK: Bristol Temple Meads station has been selected as a Station Innovation Zone which will host trials of technology to improve the passenger experience. The five-year partnership between Network Rail and the Connected Places Catapult innovation accelerator will select start-ups to test ideas such as smarter ...

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    Recommendations to accelerate the Integrated Rail Plan published


    UK: The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure and the Institution of Civil Engineers have published Accelerating the Delivery of the Integrated Rail Plan, making recommendations to streamline planning including the creation of a national transport strategy for England. The report into speeding up the delivery of ...

  • Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region mayors (Photo: Tony Miles)
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    Northern mayors shift rail disruption blame from operators to ministers


    UK: The Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region mayors have moved away from directly blaming train operators for the ongoing disruption to services in the northwest of England, instead saying the Department for Transport’s tight control of finances is preventing deals between operators and their staff. ...

  • Govia Thameslink Railway has signed the Armed Forces Covenant
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    Supporting military leavers in the rail industry


    UK: Govia Thameslink Railway has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, aiming to help ex-military personnel move into the rail industry and ensure fair treatment in the workplace. GTR said veterans and reservists bring a variety of transferable skills to the civilian workplace. The company has ex-Forces ...

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    Rail unions declare opposition to bill which would require minimum services during strikes


    UK: Due to have its first reading on October 20, the Transport Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill through which the government aims to ensure a minimum level of service is provided during industrial action has attracted criticism ranging from a free-market think tank to the Trades ...

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    UK railway news round-up


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

  • Manchester Piccadilly station concourse (Photo: ORR)
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    Rail reform legislation delay confirmed


    UK: Delays to the legislation needed to enact reform of the rail sector including the creation of Great British Railways have been confirmed.

  • GTR Southern Class 377 Electrostar EMU
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    Electrostar services contract awarded


    UK: Govia Thameslink Railway has awarded Alstom a £256m Technical Support & Spares Supply Agreement covering the 1 210 cars in its Class 377 and 387 Electrostar EMU fleets. Alstom and before that Bombardier Transportation have supported the fleets since they were delivered. The latest TSSSA ...

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    Wagon maintenance contract awarded


    UK: Leasing company Touax has awarded Mandy Rail a long-term contract maintain wagons, including vehicles leased by GB Railfreight and DB Cargo. Mandy Rail was co-founded by joint managing directors Mark Hedley and Andy Hird in 2019. ‘Contracts such as this bring continued stability and allow ...

  • West Midlands Trains CAF Class 196 DMU (Photo: Tony Miles)
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    CAF Class 196 enters service with West Midlands Trains


    UK: The first of 26 CAF Class 196 diesel multiple-units ordered by West Midlands Trains has entered service.

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    Transport for London leadership appointments


    UK: Transport for London has announced senior leadership appointments with effect from this month. On Commissioner Andy Byford’s departure, Andy Lord will become Commissioner on an interim basis from October 25, with TfL’s current Director of Network Management & Resilience Glynn Barton becoming interim Chief Operating ...

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    Digital printing used for train seat promotion


    UK: TransPennine Express has used Camira’s digital printing process for a campaign to promote a good cause through graphics on some of its train seats. The textile manufacturer’s digital printing offering can quickly and flexibly produce small volumes of material with complex colour schemes, making it ...