UK rail industry news – Page 11

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    Rail Business UK

    Flexible wagons to refresh infrastructure fleet


    UK: Swiss wagon leasing group Wascosa marked its entry into the UK freight market with an event at London Victoria station on June 28 to unveil three designs of wagon it is delivering to refresh Network Rail’s infrastructure maintenance fleet. The company is supplying 570 vehicles ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Virtual exclusion zones aim to protect worker safety


    UK: Virtual exclusion zone technology has been developed by asset tracking and industrial internet-of-things company Pathfindr and railway contractor QTS Group to help protect track workers and people in other hazardous environments. Zonr uses GPS tracking and ultra-wideband technology to locate workers ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Raising-roof container designed to support switch from road to rail


    UK: A curtain-sided container with a raising roof which is designed to transport double-stacked palletised products by rail has been unveiled by Nestlé UK & Ireland. The company said the railway network’s height constraints compared to road meant rail ‘had not been a winning option for ...

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    Compensation after FirstGroup delay repay problems


    UK: FirstGroup is to compensate passengers who were affected by an IT error which wrongly rejected claims for train delay repay compensation. When a passenger submits a delay repay claim to the wrong train company, the claim should be redirected to the appropriate operator for processing. ...

  • Siemens Mobility has recruited 12 ex-armed forces personnel as part of its Military2Rail initiative.
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    Siemens Mobility recruits through Military2Rail initiative


    UK: As part of its Military2Rail initiative, Siemens Mobility has recruited 12 ex-armed forces personnel for roles including network engineers, planners, environment, health & safety advisors and project managers. ‘For a number of years, we have benefitted from the experience and expertise that ex-forces personnel have ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Train toilet waste treatment system awarded funding


    UK: Innovation agency Innovate UK has awarded rolling stock maintenance equipment supplier GBR-Rail a SMART grant to support the development of its Cleartrak train toilet treatment system which is designed to reduce whole life costs and environmental impact. Cleartrak recycles waste water for reuse in hand ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Ridership doubles year-on-year but still down on pre-pandemic levels


    UK: The Office of Rail & Road reports that 990 million rail journeys were made in Great Britain between April 1 2021 and March 31 2022, more than double the 388 million journeys in 2020-21 when the pandemic caused figures to fall to the lowest levels ...

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    UK railway news round-up


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    Rail Business UK

    Nine proposals awarded Restoring Your Railway funding


    UK: The government has announced £15m of Restoring Your Railway funding for the further development of proposals for nine railway schemes. The initiatives announced on June 18 are: reopening Aldridge station and reinstating passenger services on the freight-only line from Ryecroft Junction near Walsall; reintroducing ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Dellner acquires Ferrabyrne


    UK: Rubber-to-metal bonded components and rail suspension supplier Ferrabyrne Ltd has been acquired by the Dellner Polymer Solutions subsidiary of Sweden’s Dellner Group. Ferrabyrne will continue operating from its 3 000 m2 factory in Littlehampton, which supplies rolling stock manufacturers including Alstom, Hitachi, Siemens Mobility and ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Network Rail CEO says productivity changes are essential as strikes begin


    UK: Talking to Rail Business UK the day before the first day of strikes by RMT union members at Network Rail and 13 train operating companies, NR Chief Executive Andrew Haines reflects on the causes of the dispute and how far the infrastructure manager may be from finding a resolution. 

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    Rail Business UK

    MTMS awarded Hitachi Rail depot support contract


    UK: Hitachi Rail has awarded depot maintenance specialist MTMS a three-year contract to provide ‘comprehensive and round-the-clock’ maintenance equipment support at its six facilities maintaining Class 80x trainsets for GWR and LNER. MTMS will support infrastructure including train washing facilities, servicing spines and fuel arms, with ...

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    Rail Business UK

    D/Gauge offers dynamic vehicle modelling services


    UK: Gauging and clearance assessment specialist D/Gauge now offers in-house dynamic vehicle modelling services using SNC-Lavalin’s Vampire Pro software. Detailed bogie and vehicle data is used to understand vehicle motion and assess safety, clearances and risks in real-life scenarios. D/Gauge said sourcing dynamic vehicle modelling services ...

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    Rail Business UK

    ‘Revolutionary’ footbridge to be built at Stowmarket


    UK: The existing concrete footbridge at Greater Anglia’s Stowmarket station is to be replaced using the first modular ‘flat pack’ bridge to a design developed by the AVA consortium. The concept for the stainless-steel framed design was developed by Network Rail, Expedition Engineering (design), Hawkins\Brown (architect), ...

  • AWC Hitachi Rail Class 805 under construction
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


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    Rail Business UK

    Northampton and East Midlands rail terminal agreements signed


    UK: Logistics company Maritime Transport and industrial property developer SEGRO have signed two agreements covering the operation and expansion of rail freight facilities in the Midlands.

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    Rail Business UK

    Digital twin aims to cut station energy usage


    UK: Real-time data on Reading station’s energy usage is to be fed into a digital twin in a project which aims to improve the station’s energy performance and cut its carbon emissions by up to 20%. The project is being undertaken by Network Rail with Atkins ...

  • Department for Transport and incumbent FirstGroup have agreed a three-year National Rail Contract for the operation of Great Western Railway services (Photo: Hitachi)
    Rail Business UK

    National Rail Contract for Great Western Railway services aims to meet changing needs


    UK: FirstGroup’s three-year National Rail Contract to operate Great Western Railway services is designed to accommodate changing needs following the pandemic, with a return to a growth-led approach, progress with MetroWest and a diesel rolling stock review.

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    Rail Business UK

    Government consults on rail reform legislative changes


    UK: The government has begun consultation on the legislative changes required to implement the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail. This includes the creation of Great British Railways, a new governance framework, and reform of wider industry structures and processes. The consultation opened on June 9 and closes ...

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    UK: Chiltern Railways looks beyond a short-term recovery


    Extensively modernised around three decades ago, the Chiltern network is now the last purely diesel-operated route out of London, and despite enhancements it will soon be in need of significant renewals. Chiltern Railways Managing Director Richard Allan discusses the prospects with Tony Miles.