UK rail industry news – Page 4

  • Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail Class 385 EMU
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    Separate MDs appointed for Network Rail Scotland and ScotRail


    UK: Separate Managing Directors have been appointed for infrastructure manager Network Rail in Scotland and for passenger train operator ScotRail, though the organisations have stressed their commitment to the current alliance model of close co-operation. Both Managing Director roles are currently held jointly by Alex Hynes, ...

  • Uber advert at London Victoria
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    Uber looks to bring ridesharing platform to the rail market


    UK: Eight of the 10 most popular destinations for Uber trips in the UK are railway stations, and the company is keen to use its globally recognised ridesharing platform to encourage the use of modes which are more sustainable than privately owned cars, Mobility Lead Rebecca ...

  • Docklands Light Railway
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    Technology tackles train surfers and bicycle thieves


    UK: The Docklands Light Railway is to be equipped with technology which can detect ‘train surfers’ illegally clinging to the back of its automated trains or between vehicles. The system is being deployed by Telent, which has extensive experience of integrating CCTV, internet-of-things sensors and smart ...

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    Armitt criticises ‘blurred picture’ for rail development in wake of HS2 axe


    UK: ‘It hasn’t been a great six months for rail’, suggested Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, in his keynote address to the Northern Transport Summit on March 21. Armitt was among a raft of policymakers and transport officials at the event who ...

  • Network Rail engineering works and worker with hivi (Photo Network Rail)
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    Industry seeks to resolve geofencing technology setback


    UK: Suppliers of geofencing technology expect it to be re-approved for use alongside active railway lines soon, following further testing which is to be undertaken to address some issues which emerged during a trial. Geofencing systems are designed to help ensure track workers remain within safe ...

  • Manchester trains (Photo TfGM)
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    Burnham urges rail sector to accelerate integration into Manchester’s Bee Network


    UK: Greater Manchester Metro Mayor Andy Burnham has pledged to accelerate integration of local rail services into the nascent Bee Network of public transport provision if he is re-elected on May 2. The Bee Network is a locally developed brand already being applied to Manchester Metrolink light ...

  • Waterbeach station (Photo Network Rail)
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    Waterbeach station to be relocated


    UK: Cambridgeshire County Council has called tenders for an estimated £35m design and build contract for the relocation of Waterbeach station to a new site further to the north. This would support the Waterbeach New Town development of 4 500 homes. Opening is now envisaged for ...

  • Freightliner and Zero sign contract (Photo Freightliner)
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    Freightliner to explore synthetic locomotive fuel


    UK: Freightliner and synthetic fuel developer Zero Petroleum have announced a partnership which aims to achieve fossil-free locomotive operation by 2040 and overall net zero by 2050. They are also looking at non-road mobile machinery and other vehicles. Zero has developed proprietary Fischer-Tropsch process technology to ...

  • Motorola Solutions body camera
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    ScotRail offers all front-line staff body-worn cameras


    UK: ScotRail has equipped its front-line staff with more than 1 000 Motorola Solutions VB400 body-worn cameras, building on an initial deployment in 2017. ‘We are making body cameras available to all of our front-line staff, and any team member who wishes to use one can ...

  • LNER Azuma Leeds - still
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    InterCity East Coast direct award planned


    UK: The Department for Transport intends to directly award incumbent London North Eastern Railway a contract to continue to operate InterCity East Coast passenger services. LNER is a brand of state-owned operator of last resort DfT OLR Holdings Ltd, which has operated services on the East ...

  • Network Rail engineering works and worker with hivi (Photo Network Rail)
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    UK railway news round-up


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

  • XC Voyager 221127 under the wires at Stoke on Trent on 06.30 Bournemouth to Manchester PiccadillyTM
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    CrossCountry gets more Voyagers as refurbishment plan agreed


    UK: CrossCountry has selected Alstom as preferred bidder to refurbish its fleet of Voyager DMUs over a broadly two-year period as part of an investment package aimed at increasing capacity on its network by up to 25%. The national long-distance operator also announced on March 25 ...

  • RIA Innovation Director Milda Manomaityte launched the Destination Revenue Growth report (Photo RIA),
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    The right policies could increase ticket revenue without higher fares, says RIA


    UK: The Railway Industry Association has published a ‘fresh blueprint’ for ticketing reform, saying a focus on customer experience and boosting ridership could drive revenue growth without needing to increase fares. The Destination: Revenue Growth report based on input from RIA’s members was launched by Innovation ...

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    Winvic begins iPort Rail expansion works


    UK: Winvic Construction Ltd has begun work on Phase 2 of the iPort Rail project, which will double the size of the rail freight terminal in Doncaster. The multimillion pound project is being undertaken for site owner Verdion after the British subsidiary of MSC Group’s Medlog ...

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    Train ticket refund fee capped at £5


    UK: The maximum fee that train operators and ticket retailers can charge when an unused ticket is refunded was reduced from £10 to £5 on April 1. The change follows a review by the Office of Rail & Road which found that 5·8 million tickets were ...

  • WMT Alstom Class 730 unveil - 300623 Milton Keynes - 730018 TM11
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    Porterbrook to finance Class 730 depot improvements at Bletchley


    UK: Rail leasing and asset management company Porterbrook is to finance a £66m upgrade of Bletchley depot as the principal maintenance base for West Midlands Trains’ Alstom Class 730 Aventra EMU fleet. This will include investment in overhead electrification equipment, 10-car and five car sidings, refurbishment ...

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    Hitachi launches flexible software for signaller training


    UK: Hitachi has launched TREsim Flex, a realistic offline training environment for signallers that accurately replicates operational events. Hitachi says TREsim Flex offers all the advanced features of its established TREsim product, with a variety of signalling controls and flexible deployment options. TREsim Flex can run ...

  • Zephir depot shunter (Image Porterbrook)
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    Zephir shunters to replace Class 08 locos at steel works


    UK: Leasing company Porterbrook has bought three Zephir LOK 16.300 depot shunters which will be leased to GB Railfreight for use at the Celsa Steel works in Cardiff. The LOK 16.300 is intended as a more sustainable option than the Class 08 diesel shunting locomotives currently ...

  • emergency services taking part in the 'Royal Oak' incident exercise at Sutton Coldfield station (Photo Network Rail)
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


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

  • Bristol Temple Meads named UK's first 'Station Innovation Zone' (Photo Network Rail)
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    SMEs selected for Bristol Temple Meads innovation zone


    UK: Connected Places Catapult, Network Rail and Great Western Railway have selected three SMEs to receive funding of up to £75 000 for technology trials in the Station Innovation Zone at Bristol Temple Meads. Chrome Angel Solutions applies ‘serious games’ technology to tackle performance, safety and ...