UK rail industry news – Page 14

  • Alstom MAR-S
    Rail Business UK

    Alstom awarded Farncombe – Petersfield signalling contract


    UK: Network Rail has awarded Alstom a £49m contract for signalling and level crossing works between Farncombe and Petersfield as part of the Portsmouth Direct Upgrade project. Control of the area’s signalling will be transferred from three local signal boxes to the ...

  • British Steel said it was 'proud to have a 50:50 gender split in our Rail Technologies team'.
    Rail Business UK

    Suppliers set out five ‘tests’ for Great British Railways


    UK: The Railway Industry Association has set out five ‘tests’ developed with input from its supply members to provide criteria for ensuring that the formation of Great British Railways is a success.

  • Thornton junction looking north
    Rail Business UK

    Levenmouth Rail Link reopening works get underway


    UK: Network Rail has begun construction works for the Levenmouth Rail Link scheme to reopen the 6·5 km branch from Thornton Junction to Leven which has been out of use since 2001.

  • GTR Southern Class 377 Electrostar arriving at station
    Rail Business UK

    Five post-pandemic priorities for London rail users


    UK: After talking to rail users in and around the capital, consumer group London TravelWatch has set out what it says are passengers’ five key priorities following the pandemic. Noting that 70% of all train journeys start, finish or pass through London, the organisation said it ...

  • Nexans Power Cable Accessories UK
    Rail Business UK

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  • GB Railfreight is planning to order a fleet of main line electro-diesel locomotives
    Rail Business UK

    GB Railfreight plans order for future-proofed bi-mode locomotives


    UK: GB Railfreight is planning to order a fleet of main line electro-diesel locomotives with a modular design which would facilitate future replacement of the diesel engine with a battery or hydrogen fuel cell module. Rail Business UK understands that advanced negotiations are underway with Stadler ...

  • TSSA Boilermakers logos and voting hands
    Rail Business UK

    TSSA trade union members vote for merger with Boilermakers


    INTERNATIONAL: Members of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association trade union in the UK and Ireland have voted in favour of merging with the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers in the USA and Canada. TSSA said this would be the first merger of British and North American trade ...

  • Ebbw Vale Line investment - Llanhilleth station
    Rail Business UK

    Ebbw Vale upgrading gets underway


    UK: Preparatory work on the £70m modernisation and partial double-tracking of the Ebbw Vale line in south Wales has begun. The work will allow hourly passenger services between Ebbw Vale Town and Newport, complementing the existing service to and from Cardiff. New platforms will be built ...

  • VolkerRail opens office in SWGR's Glasgow delivery centre
    Rail Business UK

    VolkerRail opens office in SWGR’s Glasgow delivery centre


    UK: VolkerRail has opened an office at infrastructure services provider SWGR’s Glasgow delivery centre to support work on projects in Scotland and northern England. Barry Kennedy has been appointed as VolkerRail’s Business Development Manager Scotland, and the company intends to recruit a locally-based team as it ...

  • Perpetuum sensor
    Rail Business UK

    Onboard track condition monitoring sensors on trial in Scotland


    UK: Hitachi Rail’s Perpetuum subsidiary is working with Network Rail, Porterbrook and ScotRail to test the use of onboard digital sensors to automate the detection of track faults. The self-contained and self-powered sensors mounted in trains running in passenger service use a combination of gyroscopes and ...

  • Rob Mullen
    Rail Business UK

    Mullen named as next c2c Managing Director


    UK: Rob Mullen has been appointed as the next Managing Director of Trenitalia’s Essex commuter train operator c2c, with effect from mid-May.

  • DB Cargo UK to France automotive train service launched
    Rail Business UK

    UK to France automotive train service launched


    EUROPE: DB Cargo UK has launched a rail service transporting Corolla hybrid cars manufactured at Toyota’s Derby plant in the UK to Valenciennes in France via the Channel Tunnel, returning with Aygo, Yaris and Yaris+ vehicles. ‘This project is the culmination of four years of work ...

  • Open access operations Hull Trains and Lumo are both ‘marginally ahead’ of  FirstGroup’s expectations
    Rail Business UK

    First Rail’s management fee operations meet expectations and open access is ahead


    UK: Performance at First Rail’s four management fee-based train operating companies is in line with expectations for the second half of the financial year, while open access operators Hull Trains and Lumo are marginally ahead of expectations, FirstGroup said in a trading update on February 25. ...

  • Rail Business Award Winners 2022
    Rail Business UK

    Excellence recognised at the 24th Rail Business Awards


    UK: After two years which have tested the railway more than ever seemed possible, more than 450 guests from across the industry came together on February 23 for the 24th Rail Business Awards. The event presented an opportunity to celebrate the dedication and hard work that ...

  • translink-track-monitoring-sml
    Rail Business UK

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  • Cambridge station GTR Electrostar
    Rail Business UK

    Alstom awarded Cambridge area resignalling contract


    UK: Network Rail has awarded Alstom a £130m contract covering design, delivery and commissioning works for the £194m Cambridge area resignalling project. Alstom said the contract announced on February 22 is the largest to be awarded under the Major Signalling Framework Agreement during the current five-year ...

  • Potential uses of very precise train location data are being assessed from a trial installation of Thales’ Robust Train Positioning System on a Great Western Railway Class 150 diesel multiple-unit.
    Rail Business UK

    Accurate train location data trial underway


    UK: Potential uses of very precise train location data are being assessed from a trial installation of Thales’ Robust Train Positioning System on a Great Western Railway Class 150 diesel multiple-unit. RTPS combines data from satellite positioning systems, inertial and radar velocity sensors and a digital ...

  • Electrification
    Rail Business UK

    RSSB commissions rail industry decarbonisation plan


    UK: The Rail Safety and Standards Board has commissioned Ricardo and Mott MacDonald to develop a decarbonisation action plan for the UK rail industry. This will clarify responsibilities, determine achievable timescales and provide a framework for measuring, monitoring and reporting on decarbonisation efforts. It will include: ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Full house expected at the 24th Rail Business Awards


    UK: A capacity crowd of more than 450 guests will be attending the 24th Rail Business Awards, taking place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London’s west end on February 23 2022. All tables for the gala awards evening have now been sold, although a handful of ...

  • Belfast Transport Hub contractor site visit
    Rail Business UK

    Belfast Transport Hub main works get underway


    UK: A joint venture of Farrans and Sacyr is set to begin main works on the Belfast Transport Hub as enabling works by Graham near completion and railway works by Babcock are underway. The Transport Hub will replace the existing Great Victoria Street railway station and ...