UK rail industry news – Page 13

  • Three Hitachi-built electro-diesel trainsets of Class 800 and 802 meet at Plymouth.
    Rail Business UK

    Services ramp up as 80x inter-city trainsets return to service

    2021-05-18T14:58:00Z

    UK: Both LNER and Great Western Railway have been able to reinstate many of their inter-city services after the Office of Road & Rail reached agreement with Hitachi and the train operators over how the cracking problems with the Class 80x fleets are to be managed. Following ...

  • Contractor Osborne and digital twin specialist Sensat have completed fixed-wing drone surveys of stations.
    Rail Business UK

    Drones undertake station surveys

    2021-05-18T04:59:00Z

    UK: Contractor Osborne and digital twin specialist Sensat have completed fixed-wing drone surveys of South Western Railway’s Barnes, Isleworth, Stoneleigh and Wandsworth Town stations, collecting data need to plan accessibility works such as the installation of lifts and ramps under Network Rail’s Access for All programme. Sensat ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Digital Railway offers opportunity to address signalling competition concerns, says ORR

    2021-05-17T12:56:00Z

    UK: The Office of Rail & Road says it intends to take action to improve competition in the signalling market, with Network Rail’s Digital Railway programme presenting an opportunity to diversify the supply chain, drive innovation and provide better value. Last November ORR launched a study ...

  • Perry Barr
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    Galliford Try awarded £10m Perry Barr station contract

    2021-05-14T05:00:00Z

    UK: Galliford Try has been awarded a £10m contract for the rebuilding of Perry Barr station in Birmingham, which is to be upgraded to serve venues for the next Commonwealth Games. The station was described by Transport for the West Midlands described as ‘one of the ...

  • Hitachi is supplying GWR with trainsets under two contracts.
    Rail Business UK

    Class 80x recovery plan takes shape

    2021-05-13T08:00:00Z

    UK: Industry insiders report that progress is being made towards the reinstatement of some of the Class 80x Hitachi units currently out of service following the discovery of cracks ‘behind the lifting (jack) pocket bolster’.

  • LNER Azuma Forth Rail Bridge
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up

    2021-05-13T05:00:00Z

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

  • Rail companies are working together to find ways to provide services while a significant number of Hitachi-built trains are out of service following the discovery of cracks.
    Rail Business UK

    Industry co-operates to provide capacity while Hitachi trains are inspected

    2021-05-12T14:25:00Z

    UK: Rail companies are working together to find ways to provide services while a significant number of Hitachi-built trains are out of service following the discovery of cracks. With many inter-city trainsets operated by Great Western and LNER in particular being taken out of traffic, the ...

  • FirstGroup has reached agreement with the Department for Transport on the fee payable for termination of the TransPennine Express franchise (Photo: Tony Miles).
    Rail Business UK

    FirstGroup agrees £6m termination fee for TransPennine Express

    2021-05-12T09:44:00Z

    UK: FirstGroup plc announced on May 11 that it had reached agreement with the Department for Transport on the fee payable for termination of the TransPennine Express franchise. The move is part of the process agreed with DfT as the Covid-19 pandemic saw operators moving into ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Entries open for 24th Rail Business Awards

    2021-05-12T08:00:00Z

    UK: The 24th Rail Business Awards have now opened for entries, with submissions invited for 18 different awards intended to recognise excellence and celebrate the very best of the UK rail sector. Established as the first national awards for the UK rail sector, the Rail Business Awards ...

  • Palace of Westminster from the River Thames
    Rail Business UK

    Rail industry responds to reform and HS2 plans in the Queen’s Speech

    2021-05-11T16:25:00Z

    UK: Rail industry bodies have responded to the Queen’s Speech at the state opening of parliament on May 11, in which the Queen set out the government’s plans to invest in infrastructure, ‘transform connectivity by rail and bus’, and ‘invest in new green industries to create ...

  • Curzon Street is being designed by WSP UK, working with Grimshaw Architects.
    Rail Business UK

    Mace and Dragados to build Birmingham Curzon Street HS2 station

    2021-05-11T05:17:00Z

    UK: HS2 Ltd confirmed on May 10 that it had selected a consortium of Mace and Dragados to build the station at Birmingham Curzon Street under a contract worth £570m.

  • Herne Hill
    Rail Business UK

    Amey Consulting awarded Southeastern estate management contract

    2021-05-11T05:00:00Z

    UK: Southeastern has awarded Amey Consulting a property and estate management services contract covering 164 stations. The work will be delivered by Amey Consulting’s AmeyTPT commercial estate team, which specialises in maximising secondary revenues for high footfall facilities such as railway, bus and service stations. ‘Stations ...

  • gb People wearing face coverings at Manchester Piccadilly station during the coronavirus pandemic
    Rail Business UK

    Zipabout shows passengers their last mile options

    2021-05-10T05:00:00Z

    UK: A last mile feature has been added to the Rail Delivery Group’s National Rail ‘Alert Me by Messenger’ function, which uses Facebook’s messaging platform to provide passengers with alternative routes to help maintain social distancing if their journey is predicted to be busy or disrupted. ...

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    Rail Business UK

    ​Mass cancellations as Hitachi trains grounded by cracks

    2021-05-09T19:26:00Z

    UK: A significant number of train services were cancelled over the weekend of May 8-9 after cracks were discovered in electric and electro-diesel trains constructed by Hitachi Rail for several operators.

  • Translink NI Railways DMU (1)
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    NI Railways targets zero emissions by 2040

    2021-05-07T05:05:00Z

    UK: Translink is to assess the options for procuring zero-emission trains in support of its recently published Climate Positive Strategy, which sets out an ‘ambitious’ target to achieve a 50% reduction in train, bus and building emissions by 2030, net zero emissions by 2040 and to ...

  • CrossCountry 220 at Penzance B
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up

    2021-05-06T05:00:00Z

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

  • EMR Class 360 EMU
    Rail Business UK

    East Midlands Railway to launch electric trains and increase regional services

    2021-05-05T14:23:00Z

    UK: East Midlands Railway is to launch its EMR Connect sub-brand with the May 16 timetable change, covering its new electric service between London St Pancras and Corby. This will be the TOC’s first electric route, with the twice-hourly service being operated using eight-car formations of ...

  • Mick Lynch RMT
    Rail Business UK

    Mick Lynch elected as RMT General Secretary

    2021-05-05T13:49:00Z

    UK: The National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers has elected Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch as its next General Secretary. He beat three other candidates to succeed Mick Cash, who had announced his intention to step down last October. ‘I will maximise the unity ...

  • Mark Wyborn Picture
    Rail Business UK

    Porterbrook to develop dedicated freight strategy

    2021-05-04T09:01:00Z

    UK: Rolling stock leasing and management company Porterbrook has appointed of Mark Wyborn as its new Head of Freight Commercial, with responsibility for developing its first dedicated freight strategy and building ‘strong commercial partnerships’ with existing freight operators, new market entrants and Network Rail. ‘His appointment ...

  • SWR logo on train
    Rail Business UK

    Real-time passenger counting using on-train CCTV

    2021-05-03T08:00:00Z

    UK: South Western Railway is testing the use of CCTV cameras, AI technology from PoS Insights and onboard wi-fi from Icomera to produce continuous estimates of passenger numbers on its Siemens Desiro EMU cars. The operator has plans for the data to be made available in ...