UK rail industry news – Page 16

  • Trade union TSSA and University of the West of England have issued a call for all rail staff to take part in a survey which is designed to understand the state of equality and diversity in the rail industry.
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    Union calls on rail staff to participate in equality survey

    2021-03-30T05:00:00Z

    UK: Trade union TSSA and the University of the West of England have issued a call for all rail staff to take part in a survey designed to understand the state of equality and diversity in the rail industry. The project is a follow up to ...

  • Global Centre of Rail Excellence Wales plan
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    Global Centre of Rail Excellence funding confirmed

    2021-03-29T08:32:00Z

    UK: The Welsh Government has confirmed a £50m capital funding loan to Powys Council to support development of the planned Global Centre of Rail Excellence testing facility on a former mining site. This follows the UK government’s announcement of up to £30m of funding in its ...

  • East Croydon aerial view (Network Rail)
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    Mobile coverage to be enhanced on London – Brighton line

    2021-03-29T05:00:00Z

    UK: Network Rail has awarded mobile telecoms mast operator Cellnex UK a 25-year contract to provide continuous connectivity on the 80 km line from London Bridge and London Victoria to Brighton. Mobile network operators will be provided with additional capacity through the installation of towers along ...

  • Victoria station aerial view
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    Siemens Mobility awarded Victoria resignalling Phase 3

    2021-03-26T04:00:00Z

    UK: Network Rail has awarded Siemens Mobility the contract to deliver Phase 3 of the Victoria resignalling programme. This covers the area between London Victoria and Streatham Hill, plus the West London Line from Clapham Junction towards Shepherd’s Bush. As principal contractor, Siemens Mobility will be ...

  • An INIT technician installing one of Merseyrail's new validators
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    UK railway news round-up

    2021-03-25T05:00:00Z

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

  • GB Railfreight has selected leasing company Porterbrook to finance an order for 100 Greenbrier 60 ft intermodal twin wagons, following an ‘extended commercial exercise’.
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    GB Railfreight orders Greenbrier wagons

    2021-03-24T05:00:00Z

    UK: GB Railfreight has selected leasing company Porterbrook to finance an order for 100 Greenbrier 60 ft intermodal twin wagons, following an ‘extended commercial exercise’. The contract will initially operate as a 10-year dry lease. The first batch of wagons are scheduled to be completed in ...

  • Translink NI Railways CAF DMU cars delivered March 2021 (5)
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    First vehicles delivered to lengthen Northern Ireland DMUs

    2021-03-23T10:07:00Z

    UK: Translink has taken delivery of the first three of 21 intermediate cars ordered from CAF to extend seven existing NI Railways Class 4000 diesel multiple-units from three to six cars for use on busier routes. This will provide around 1 600 additional seats every day. The ...

  • HS2-VL-21824-wind turbine blade
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    HS2 contractor to use wind turbine blades as concrete reinforcement

    2021-03-23T05:00:00Z

    UK: High Speed 2 civil works contractor Skanska Costain Strabag JV is working with the National Composites Centre to make reinforced concrete using life-expired wind turbine blades instead of steel rebar. HS2 Ltd said this could cut the carbon generated by concrete reinforcement by up to ...

  • Moseley Station Site WMCA
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    Stations to reopen on Birmingham’s Camp Hill line as funding finalised

    2021-03-22T13:27:00Z

    UK: West Midlands Combined Authority has signed off the final £20m tranche of funding to reopen the Camp Hill line south of Birmingham for local passenger services.

  • Tarmac jumbo train
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    Freightliner ‘jumbo train’ exploits spare capacity in the pandemic

    2021-03-22T12:00:00Z

    UK: Taking advantage of the reduced demand for passenger travel during the coronavirus pandemic, Freightliner ran a trial 39-wagon ‘jumbo’ train on March 16-17 transporting aggregates from Tunstead quarry south of Buxton in the Peak District to Wembley Yard in London on behalf of Tarmac. ...

  • D Gauge Rfit software
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    D/Gauge announces Rift software to make rail gauging assessment faster and easier

    2021-03-22T05:00:00Z

    UK: Specialist gauging consultancy D/Gauge has announced the planned release of its Rift software, which is designed to make clearance assessments easier and safer while also saving time. ‘The incumbent application used in the industry requires an elevated level of technical understanding and can take hours ...

  • NR Parsons Tunnel - artist impression - view from sea
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    Rockfall shelter to protect Devon coastal railway

    2021-03-19T14:21:00Z

    UK: The government has confirmed £37·4m of funding to enable the construction of a 209 m extension of the Parsons Tunnel rockfall shelter to protect the railway running between cliffs and the sea between Dawlish and Holcombe in Devon. Studies including drone flights had found that ...

  • Regular passenger services between Okehampton and Exeter are to be reinstated, after the Department for Transport confirmed the provision of £40·5m of funding under the Restoring Your Railway initiative
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    Exeter – Okehampton passenger service to be revived

    2021-03-19T00:05:00Z

    UK: Regular passenger services between Okehampton and Exeter are to be reinstated, after the Department for Transport confirmed the provision of £40·5m of funding under the Restoring Your Railway initiative on March 19. The initial service will start by the end of this year, with an ...

  • Swift Express Freight multiple-unit impression
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    Swift Express Freight demonstrator to be tested

    2021-03-18T14:52:00Z

    UK: Leasing company Eversholt Rail and Ricardo have teamed up to develop an electric multiple-unit intended to demonstrate a cost-effective and low carbon way of transporting parcels. Dubbed Swift Express Freight, the demonstrator is to be converted at Wabtec’s Doncaster site from a surplus Class 321 ...

  • Composite rail doors for Hitachi
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    UK railway news round-up

    2021-03-18T05:00:00Z

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

  • The ScotRail franchise is to be taken over by the Scottish Government on the expiry of the current contract with Abellio in March 2022
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    Scottish Government to take over ScotRail in March 2022

    2021-03-17T17:10:00Z

    UK: The ScotRail franchise is to be taken over by the Scottish Government on the expiry of the current contract with Abellio in March 2022, Transport Secretary Michael Matheson has confirmed. Services are to be operated by an arm’s length Operator of Last Resort, wholly owned ...

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    Hope Valley capacity upgrade confirmed

    2021-03-17T16:56:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport has confirmed that £137m is to be spent to increase passenger and freight capacity on the Hope Valley line between Sheffield and Manchester, with passenger journey times to be cut from 50 to 40 min. An £80m design and build contract ...

  • Bletchley East West Rail station impression
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    Neil Sachdev appointed Chair of EWR Co

    2021-03-17T05:00:00Z

    UK: Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps has appointed Nilesh (Neil) Sachdev as Chair of Oxford to Cambridge railway corridor project promoter East West Railway Co for a three-year term. Sachdev is currently a Non-Executive Director of Network Rail Property Ltd and Chair of the ...

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    McGinley and Jeep Rail to collaborate on electrification works

    2021-03-16T05:00:00Z

    UK: McGinley Support Services (Infrastructure) Ltd and electrification installation and maintenance company Jeep Rail have announced a collaborative working agreement which they said would enhance McGinley’s isolation planning and delivery offering and expand maintenance and renewal capacities. ‘Having an agreement with a specialist contractor such as ...

  • gb ScotRail active travel Class 153 (1)
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    ScotRail plans Active Travel DMU deployment on West Highland Line

    2021-03-15T12:00:00Z

    UK: ScotRail hopes to see the first of its five ‘Active Travel’ coaches converted from Class 153 single-car diesel multiple-units entering service during the May 2021 timetable. The main challenge is the training of 38 drivers from Oban and Glasgow Queen Street depots whilst coronavirus social ...