UK rail industry news – Page 17

  • ScotRail Class 314 for hydrogen conversion
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    COP26 to be rail decarbonisation showcase


    UK: Plans are being drawn up for Glasgow to be a showcase for zero-emission at point of use rail technology including hydrogen and battery power when the UK hosts the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties from November 1 to 12. ‘A number of companies ...

  • GTR Southern ticket gate and Class 455
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    Penalty Fare changes under consideration


    UK: The Department for Transport has begin consultation on changes to penalty fares in England and Wales, saying they are currently set too low to act as a deterrent to fare dodging. Under the Penalty Fares regulations, passengers who have had the opportunity to buy a ...

  • Rolling stock leasing and management company Porterbrook has announced a restructuring.
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    Porterbrook announces restructuring


    UK: Rolling stock leasing and management company Porterbrook has announced a restructuring. With effect from April 1, Head of Structured Finance Stefan Rose will take up the new position of Chief Investment Officer, leading a dedicated team focusing on new and re-leasing passenger, freight and infrastructure ...

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    UK railway news round-up


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    Union Connectivity Review interim report proposes TEN-T style network for the UK


    UK: The government has published an interim report from the Union Connectivity Review into improved transport links across all parts of the UK, which is being undertaken by Network Rail Chairman Sir Peter Hendy. The report suggests that a UK Strategic Transport Network modelled on the ...

  • WH Davis MegaBox wagon
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    WH Davis awarded MegaBox wagon contract


    UK: Beacon Rail Leasing has awarded WH Davis a contract to rebuild 46 HHA coal hopper wagons into MegaBox box wagons. Beacon Rail CEO Adam Cunliffe said the contract is ‘a significant development and represents the close co-operation and agility of both companies’. The MegaBox design ...

  • gb c2c coronavirus wear a face covering sign West Ham
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    Government agrees ERMA extensions with three operators


    UK: The Department for Transport has exercised its option to extend the Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements with c2c, South Western Railway and TransPennine Express, as discussions continue over the ending of franchise agreements and a move to directly-awarded National Rail Contracts. FirstGroup, which operates the South ...

  • Team leader Jeremy Moss carries out a swab test on board the Southern train at Brighton station
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    Train used as Covid-19 testing centre


    UK: Govia Thameslink Railway has set up three Covid-19 rapid testing centres for its staff, including one on a Class 313 electric multiple-unit which has been fitted with curtains and screens and positioned at Brighton station. GTR is offering twice-weekly rapid lateral ...

  • ScotRail operated a VIP preview run from Aberdeen to Edinburgh with its first refurbished HST set on October 10. (Photos: Tony Miles)
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    ScotRail’s Inter7City HST fleet delivered


    UK: ScotRail has taken delivery of the last of the Inter7City HST sets being refurbished by Wabtec in Doncaster to operate services linking Scotland’s major cities. The Inter7City fleet is intended to comprise nine four-car and 17 five-car sets, but all are currently operating as four-car ...

  • Network Rail overhead line engineers
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    Network Rail to reduce third-party works fees


    UK: Network Rail is to reduce the risk fees applied to third-party work from April 1, in a move which the Railway Industry Association said would open up the opportunity for more organisations to work near railway lines. In an effort to encourage outside investment, Network Rail ...

  • Brake van on a freight train at Leicester on July 3 1974
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    Brake van requirements removed from railway operating rules


    UK: Updates to rail freight operating instructions have seen the final removal of the requirement to provide brake vans in some circumstances.

  • ScotRail trains
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    ScotRail looks to extended Emergency Measures Agreement


    UK: With its existing Emergency Measures Agreement due to expire at the end of March, ScotRail has confirmed that is currently in discussions with the Scottish Government about a third agreement. Support of around £108m has been provided under the current agreement which runs from January ...

  • gb Wisbech Station potential
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    Wisbech railway reopening to be planned alongside Ely enhancements


    UK: The Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, James Palmer, has announced ‘a powerful new partnership’ with Network Rail to develop proposals for the reopening of the Wisbech – March line in parallel with the project to increase capacity in the Ely area. A Wisbech – Cambridge ...

  • CAF is to supply multiple-units for the next Wales & Borders franchise from a factory in Newport.
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    Government backs Global Centre for Rail Excellence in Wales


    UK: The UK government is to provide up to £30m of match funding for the project to develop a rolling stock and infrastructure testing complex in South Wales, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced in the budget on March 3. Subject to a suitable business ...

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    Settle & Carlisle ‘Staycation Express’ to run again in 2021


    UK: Rail Charter Services has confirmed that it intends to repeat the regular excursion trains it operated last summer over the Settle & Carlisle route through North Yorkshire and Cumbria.

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    UK railway news round-up


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  • Rishi Sunak budget 2021
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    Rail sector responds to 2021 budget


    UK: Organisations from across the rail industry have responded to the budget presented by Chancellor the Exchequer Rishi Sunak on March 3, with funding for investment welcomed but criticism of missed opportunities for the sector. Key announcements included £30m for the Global Centre of Rail Excellence ...

  • gb Signalling works (Network Rail)
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    Success of current rail projects will influence future investment choices, says Rail Minister


    UK: The Swift, Pragmatic & Efficient Enhancement Delivery project to identify ways of reducing infrastructure investment costs and speeding up delivery ‘is a call to arms to cut unnecessary red tape, be bold and purposeful, and empower the railway to be radical in its thinking’, Rail ...

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    Redundancy-hit Hull Trains to resume operations in April


    UK: Vowing to ‘build the business back up’ having made around a quarter of its staff redundant, Hull Trains Managing Director Louise Cheeseman announced on March 1 that the open access operator would restart services between London and East Yorkshire from April 12.

  • gb Northern CAF Class 195 (Northern)
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    Northern to use Payit for faster refunds


    UK: In what the operator says is a first for the rail industry, Northern is to use the NatWest’s Payit payment system to issue refunds almost instantly to customers’ bank accounts. NatWest launched Payit in 2020 to enable instant refunds and customer service payments, as well ...