UK rail industry news

  • London Gateway
    Rail Business UK

    VolkerRail gains new track renewals client


    UK: VolkerRail has been awarded a contract to undertake track renewals at DP World’s London Gateway port. Over 20% of London Gateway’s traffic moves by rail, with more than 50 trains per week. VolkerRail is to replace up to 700 m of track and a switch ...

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    Wrexham line compromise shows the need for more capacity


    UK: Capacity has been allocated to enable an increase in passenger services between Wrexham and Bidston, but local stakeholders say the compromise required shows the need for urgent investment in the route.

  • London Northwestern Vivarail Class 230 DMU
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    Train operators respond as Vivarail enters administration


    UK: Vivarail Ltd went into administration on December 1, with the appointment of joint administrators from Grant Thornton UK. Vivarail produces multiple-units using old London Underground cars and develops battery traction technology. In a post on LinkedIn, Managing Director Steve McBride wrote ‘it feels like we ...

  • Flooding of railway line near Drax power plant
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    Academy helps Network Rail to address adverse weather


    UK: A Weather Academy pilot programme has been launched by Network Rail, Newcastle University, the Met Office and weather forecasting service MetDesk, bringing together rail operations staff, asset engineers and meteorology experts to identify ways of mitigating the effects of adverse weather. Network Rail staff have ...

  • Grand Union Trains impression lightened
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    Grand Union’s Carmarthen to London service approved


    UK: The Office of Rail & Road has approved Grand Union Trains’ plans to launch an open access passenger service between London and southwest Wales using bi-mode trains with a high-quality interior including 2+1 seating in standard class. On December 1 ORR announced that it had ...

  • Lucchini Unipart Rail has awarded Houghton International a £1·3m 2½-year contract to undertake the scheduled maintenance and overhaul of traction motors.
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    UK railway news round-up


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

  • Urmston Passengers 2022
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    Rail industry finances showed signs of recovery in 2021-22


    UK: The rail industry’s finances showed signs of recovery from the effects of the pandemic in the last financial year but passenger revenue remained well below pre-pandemic levels, according to the latest statistical report from the Office of Rail & Road. The Rail Industry Finance report ...

  • PriestmanGoode has unveiled Green Carriage, a collection of train interior design concepts developed to 'push boundaries for greener systems and processes across the entire interior, rethinking what a future interior can be’.
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    Holistic design concepts rethink train interiors for sustainability


    UK: PriestmanGoode has unveiled Green Carriage, a collection of train interior design concepts developed to ’push boundaries for greener systems and processes across the entire interior, rethinking what a future interior can be’. The transport design consultancy’s ‘reductive, modular and circular’ approach takes a holistic view ...

  • Hull Trains passengers alighting at Paragon station
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    Rail Partners calls for changes to prevent cuts leading to a ‘spiral of decline’


    UK: The Rail Partners association of train operator owning groups has called for changes which it says are needed to prevent lower post-pandemic revenues, rising industry costs and delays to reform triggering a ‘spiral of decline’ with a ‘protracted hiatus, stunted recovery from the pandemic and ...

  • Vivarail train
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    Vivarail files intention to appoint administrators


    UK: Vivarail has filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators, after failing to secure new investment. ‘We will now be consulting with our customers and other stakeholders to try and drive the business forwards, but we must be realistic in that if we are unable ...

  • London Waterloo station
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    Passenger numbers at UK’s busiest station still less than half of pre-pandemic levels


    UK: London Waterloo has regained its status as the most used National Rail station according to estimates for the 2020-21 financial year, although usage was less than half that recorded in the last year before the coronavirus pandemic. The Office of Rail & Road’s estimates for ...

  • Tyne & Wear Metro Washington Metro Loop-map
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    Tyne & Wear Metro extension business case developed


    UK: Transport North East has published the first stage of a business case for the proposed Washington Metro Loop extension of the Tyne & Wear Metro. The loop would start from the existing Pelaw station and make use of the disused railway alignment of the former ...

  • Rail Business Award Winners 2022 (low res)-040
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    Celebrating excellence as 25th Rail Business Awards shortlist announced


    UK: More than 40 companies and organisations have been shortlisted for the 25th Rail Business Awards, recognising the achievements of the UK rail sector over the past 12 months. Finalists for 14 of the 18 categories were announced on November 24. Winners of the Richard Hope ...

  • 805001 - Newton Aycliffe (1)
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    UK railway news round-up


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  • GB Railfreight Peterborough Maintenance Hub
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    Work to begin on £4·7m wagon maintenance depot


    UK: Leeds-based design-and-build contractor Cairn Cross Engineering will begin work next month to construct a £4·7m wagon maintenance depot for GB Railfreight next to the East Coast Main Line in Peterborough. The development follows the construction of GBRf’s £3m headquarters in the city last year. GBRf ...

  • GCRE site
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    Global Centre of Rail Excellence seeks strategic investment partner


    UK: The Global Centre of Rail Excellence has invited investors to express interest in taking an equity stake to support the next phase of development of the planned test centre in South Wales. Project promoter GCRE Ltd is currently wholly owned by the Welsh government, and ...

  • McLarenAppliedAntenna
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    Formula 1 connectivity applied to infrastructure monitoring trains


    UK: Motorsport technology company McLaren Applied is to provide 5G data connectivity for Network Rail’s infrastructure monitoring trains. This will make use of McLaren’s Fleet Connect software, which was originally developed for Formula 1 motorsport, with the first UK use of Active Antenna hardware with Huber+Suhner ...

  • DB Cargo UK and Maritime Class 66 locos
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    Coupler research paves way for longer freight trains


    UK: The length and capacity of freight trains is to be increased as a result of research which has found that existing wagon couplers can safely accommodate higher trailing loads without upgrading or a detailed engineering assessment. The research by the Rail Safety & Standards Board ...

  • Transpennine Route Upgrade first wired section E1 Wires ending at automatic tensioning devices (Photo Tony Miles)
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    AI to improve Transpennine Route Upgrade project scheduling


    UK: The Transpennine Route Upgrade programme is using data-driven forecasting and risk management software from nPlan to reduce the optimism, recency and salience biases in its project schedule forecasts. The software looks at past project schedules and uses a deep learning technique to build a model ...

  • Drax wagons
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    Drax orders UK-built biomass wagons


    UK: Drax Group has awarded WH Davis a contract to supply a further 30 high-capacity biomass wagons, which the generator says will reduce emissions on the route from the Port of Tyne to its power station in North Yorkshire by more than 25%. Drax has a ...