UK rail industry news – Page 4

  • Long Marston Exercise 4
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    Long Marston hosts Network Rail major incident training exercise


    UK: Porterbrook’s Long Marston Rail Innovation Centre has hosted a Network Rail major incident training exercise which replicated an collision between a train and a road vehicle. During two separate weeks in March, more than 300 people took part in the National ...

  • Hoo Peninsula railway station impression
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    Cost increases kill Isle of Grain passenger service proposal


    UK: Plans to reintroduce a passenger service on the freight-only Isle of Grain branch on the Hoo Peninsula have been put on hold, with Medway Council citing ‘high inflation, significantly increased construction costs and pressures on public spending’. In 2019 Housing Infrastructure Fund support for upgrading ...

  • Devizes (Photo: Mike Faherty/CC BY-SA 2.0)
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    Devizes station would need to be part of wider rail plan


    UK: The construction of a Devizes Gateway station at Lydeway is unlikely to represent value for money as a standalone project, but it could be viable as part of a wider rail improvement programme, a study has concluded. The feasibility study undertaken by Wiltshire Council, Devizes ...

  • Class 99 bi-mode locomotive
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    Class 99 locomotive maintenance contract awarded


    UK: Stadler has been awarded a contract to provide full maintenance and servicing of the 30 Class 99 six-axle electro-diesel locomotives ordered by leasing company Beacon Rail for use by GB Railfreight. The service contract will start once the first loco has been handed over in ...

  • London King's Cross station
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    London King’s Cross station gets LED lights


    UK: Metal halide lamps on platforms 1 to 8 at London King’s Cross station have been replaced with more than 160 LED lights with the aim of significantly reducing maintenance costs, cutting energy consumption by 60% and future-proofing the building’s illumination systems. ...

  • SWR Class 444 EMU (Photo SWR)
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    UK railway news round-up


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

  • East West Rail
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    Initial East West Rail services to be included in Chiltern contract


    UK: The operation of future East West Rail ‘Connection Stage 1’ passenger services between Oxford, Bletchley and Milton Keynes is to be added to the existing National Rail Contract for the operation of Chiltern line services. Arriva subsidiary Chiltern Railways currently holds the National Rail Contract ...

  • ROG Stadler Class 93 tri-mode locomotive in Valencia (Photo ROG)
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    First Class 93 loco expected to arrive shortly


    UK: The first of the Class 93 tri-mode electric-diesel-battery locomotives ordered by Rail Operations Group is expected to be delivered shortly, following the completion of initial testing at Stadler’s factory at València in Spain. ROG said the locos are expected to significantly reduce CO2 emissions on ...

  • Northern train (Photo Northern)
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    Northern uses Growth Flag data intelligence tool to identify opportunities


    UK: Train operator Northern is using the Growth Flag data intelligence platform from social enterprise Growth Company to gain a better understanding of the transport needs of businesses in the area it serves. The tool is used by organisations including public sector entities, local authorities and ...

  • The dry ice technology being demonstrated at Wensleydale Railway
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    Supersonic-cryogenic leaf removal technology tested


    UK: The University of Sheffield and train operator Northern have demonstrated a passenger-train mounted rail head treatment system which fires dry ice pellets in a stream of air at supersonic speed to freeze any leaves on the line. The leaves are then blasted away as the ...

  • Testing is now underway with the first of the B23 trains being supplied by CAF for the Docklands Light Railway.
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    Transport for London seeks feedback on future rail operating contracts


    UK: Transport for London is seeking industry feedback to inform its plans for the future procurement of operators for Docklands Light Railway, Elizabeth Line and London Overground services. TfL is seeking to understand the current supply market and help it structure its tendering requirements. An industry ...

  • Electrification Benefits Chart (3)
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    RIA outlines the benefits of rail electrification


    UK: A paper setting out the key benefits of electrification has been published by the Railway Industry Association. Rail Electrification: The Facts says: over the life of a train an electric railway is the cheapest to operate, even factoring in electrification construction costs; electric trains ...

  • RazorSecure security-gateway-release-blog-featured
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    Rail cybersecurity firm secures funding for international growth


    UK: Railway cybersecurity firm RazorSecure has sourced £1·3m of funding to support its plans for expansion in the Europe and North American markets over the next five years. The funding is coming from national debt financier Frontier Development Capital’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative Recycled Fund, ...

  • Rebar facility at Copthall Tunnel site
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


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

  • Transport for Wales Rail Class 230 battery-diesel hybrid multiple-unit.
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    Class 230s finally enter service with Transport for Wales


    UK: Transport for Wales has run its first Class 230 battery-diesel hybrid trainset in passenger service on the Wrexham – Bidston Borderlands Line. Tony Miles reports.

  • Kevin Stewart
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    Scottish Transport Minister Kevin Stewart aims to prioritise passenger needs


    UK: ‘Our aim for public ownership of ScotRail is delivering a service which listens and responds to passenger need’, said Kevin Stewart, when he was appointed Minister for Transport by Scotland’s new First Minister Humza Yousaf. Stewart was elected as Scottish National Party MSP for Aberdeen ...

  • Kirton Lindsey station
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    Brigg Line service to change from Saturday to weekdays


    UK: A user group has criticised changes to passenger services on the Brigg line which are due to come into effect with the May 20 timetable change. This will see Northern’s current service of three Cleethorpes – Brigg – Kirton Lindsey – Sheffield trains each way ...

  • TfW Rail Class 175 DMU
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    Transport for Wales Class 175s face slow return to traffic


    UK: The return of Transport for Wales’ Class 175 DMU fleet to full service will be a slow process, according to Chief Operating Officer Jan Chaudhry van der Velde. Most of the fleet was taken out of service at the beginning of March after a series ...

  • CPTPP map
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    RIA believes Trans-Pacific Partnership could be positive for rail exporters


    UK: The UK joining the Comprehensive & Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership could be positive news for railway suppliers, according to the Railway Industry Association. On March 31 the government announced that agreement had been reached for the UK to join the CPTPP later this year. ...

  • Siemens WTS
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    Kingmoor resignalling contract awarded


    UK: Network Rail has awarded Siemens Mobility a £41·4m contract to undertake the Kingmoor resignalling scheme covering a section of the West Coast Main Line to the north of Carlisle. Siemens is to supply its Trackguard Westlock computer-based interlocking and Westrace Trackside System, designed in York ...