UK rail industry news – Page 3

  • Full switch model developed in MATLAB/Simulink
    Rail Business UK

    Digital twin used to test novel turnout concept


    UK: A digital twin simulation method has been developed to test a concept for a new design of turnout.

  • Caledonian Sleeper MkV coach at Fort William (Photo Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Cracks found on Caledonian Sleeper vehicles


    UK: A National Incident Report issued on January 10 confirmed that hairline cracks have been found in the T slots of eight of 75 MkV coaches in the Caledonian Sleeper fleet at points where the yaw damper bracket joins the body of the vehicle. Industry sources ...

  • GCRE event
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    Innovation in Railway Construction funding announced


    UK: Funding to test rail infrastructure technology has been awarded in the second round of the Innovation in Railway Construction competition. The first round covered feasibility studies, and the second round provides funding to take the ideas to concept stage at the Global Centre of Rail ...

  • tickets
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    Second Great British Rail Sale announced


    UK: A second Great British Rail Sale has been announced, offering up to 50% off selected Advance and Off-Peak tickets bought between January 23 and 29 for travel between January 30 and March 15. More than 1 million discounted tickets will be available to destinations in ...

  • HS 2 Visual 2
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    HS2 route no longer protected from development


    UK: The government has formally lifted the planning protection which had been put in place to safeguard the route of the now-cancelled Phase 2a of High Speed 2 between the West Midlands and Crewe. Land close to Handsacre will continue to be safeguarded to allow HS2 ...

  • Tarmac Buxton loco
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    TOPS data integration helps Tarmac optimise rail freight performance


    UK: Everysens has integrated data from Network Rail’s Total Operations Processing System into its Transport Visibility & Management System software to enable construction materials company Tarmac to monitor shipments by rail. The TVMS uses data from TRUST (Train Running Under System TOPS) to drive a live ...

  • Northern EMU at Bradford Forster Square (Photo Northern)
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    UK railway news round-up


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

  • TXM Plant
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    TXM Plant goes into administration


    UK: Wigan-based road-rail vehicle leasing company TXM Plant has gone into administration, with Clare Boardman and Kristian Shuttleworth of Teneo Financial Advisory Ltd appointed as joint administrators. In a message to affected employees, General Secretary of the RMT union Mick Lynch said the collapse of TXM ...

  • William Doyle Gather CEO
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    Raildiary becomes Gather as it targets other sectors


    UK: Rail infrastructure data capture and analysis software company Raildiary has rebranded as Gather, as it seeks to expand into the road, utilities, renewable energy and aviation sectors. Clients of Manchester-based Raildiary include Network Rail, Balfour Beatty and Morgan Sindall. The software has been used on ...

  • LNER trains and passengers at London King's Cross station (Photo LNER)
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    LNER scraps off-peak fares with 70min Flex ticket pilot scheme


    UK: East Coast Main Line inter-city operator LNER has launched a pilot scheme which scraps Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak fares but introduces a semi-flexible ticket which can be used up to 70 min before or after a passenger’s booked train. The trial covers travel on LNER ...

  • HS2 platform view at Old Oak Common
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    HS2 station information management system contract awarded


    UK: HS2 Ltd has awarded Siemens Mobility a £47m contract to provide an integrated station information management system covering Birmingham Curzon Street, Interchange, Old Oak Common and London Euston. Siemens Mobility is to supply its Digital Station Manager technology, which is in use on London’s Elizabeth ...

  • Generic railway track (Photo Martin Winkler from Pixabay)
    Rail Business UK

    Rail Forum joins European Railway Clusters Initiative


    UK: Rail Forum has joined the European Railway Clusters Initiative, a b2b networking organisation which brings customers and the supply chain together across Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the UK. Rail Forum ...

  • Oxford South aerial view (Image Network Rail)
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    Oxford – Cowley reopening study commissioned


    UK: Oxford City Council has appointed a team headed by SLC Rail to undertake an Infrastructure Place study to support plans for the reintroduction of passenger trains on the freight-only branch that serves BMW’s Cowley factory. Infrastructure Place Study multi-disciplinary team ...

  • Tended geofencing for Siemens Mobility
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    Siemens Mobility begins national deployment of geofencing technology


    UK: Siemens Mobility has begun the national roll-out of Tended’s geofencing technology, following a successful six-month pilot programme involving various teams and work activities. The deployment aims to provide an additional layer of protection for trackside teams, and show the live location of road-rail vehicles and ...

  • Sheffield interactive screen (Photo EMR)
    Rail Business UK

    Information and journey planning screens installed


    UK: East Midlands Railway is undertaking a £1m project with Infotec and Thales to install 166 customer information screens across its network. These will show arrival, departure, live journey, station and local information, details of local events and safety notices. Passengers will also be able to ...

  • Network Rail engineering works and worker with hivi (Photo Network Rail)
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


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  • Class 701 EMU enters passenger service at London Waterloo (Photo SWR)
    Rail Business UK

    South Western Railway’s Class 701 Arterio EMU carries passengers at last


    UK: A revenue passenger service was operated by one of South Western Railway’s Alstom Class 701 electric multiple-units for the first time on January 9. The 750 V DC third-rail EMU is scheduled to operate one return passenger service a day on the London Waterloo – ...

  • Teesside Airport Station
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    Tees Valley station plans announced


    UK: Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has announced plans to build a £150m rail and bus interchange to serve the Teesside Park retail site in Stockton, as well as for a £20m replacement of Teesside Airport station and improvements at Thornaby. ‘Teesside Park is one of ...

  • Spinks EcoSeat microcoils
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    Spring time for train seats


    UK: Mattress and furniture spring manufacturer Spinks has been awarded a £250 000 research contract to bring its EcoSeat glue-free pocket microcoil technology to the rail seating market. The funding has been awarded under the Department for Transport and Innovate UK’s First of a Kind programme. ...

  • Chiltern Railways Class 68 HVO (1)
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    Chiltern Railways seeks fleet proposals


    UK: Chiltern Railways has invited proposals from established rolling stock owners for the lease and maintenance of between 25 and 70 existing vehicles to operate inter-city and regional services on the Chiltern Main Line between London Marylebone and Birmingham. The operator is seeking either ‘self-powered’ multiple ...