UK rail industry news – Page 2

  • Josh Haggart is the new Director of Rail at Coleman James, with Director Rachel, Young and Managing Director, Andrew Mackay.
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


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

  • HS2's Graduate scheme opens today
    Rail Business UK

    HS2 launches 2022 graduate recruitment scheme


    UK: High Speed 2 project promoter HS2 Ltd has launched its 2022 graduate recruitment scheme, offering 16 places on a two-year programme. This year’s graduate vacancies include: project management and IT focused roles; engineering roles supporting the construction programme; opportunities to join the Hybrid Bill ...

  • City Junction
    Rail Business UK

    National Gauging Database replacement contract awarded


    UK: Network Rail has awarded Cordel Group a £3·2m contract to supply the Railway Gauging Data Solution which will replace the current National Gauging Database. Cordel will provide a software-as-a- service platform for the storage and processing of gauge and clearance information for the entire network, ...

  • Joanne Maguire
    Rail Business UK

    ScotRail announces next Chief Operating Officer


    UK: ScotRail has announced the appointment of Joanne Maguire to succeed Ian McConnell as Chief Operating Officer on April 1, when the train operator transfers from Abellio to public body Scottish Rail Holdings. Maguire is currently Vice-Principal — Resources at the University of the West of ...

  • London King's Cross passengers (Photo Network Rail)
    Rail Business UK

    Autism-friendly guide to travelling by train


    UK: Network Rail has worked with the National Autistic Society to produce an online guide help autistic people travel by train independently and with confidence. The guide shows the sights and sounds passengers could experience during every stage of a journey, from purchasing tickets, to getting ...

  • Sellafield Clayton hybrid loco
    Rail Business UK

    Nuclear site locos delivered


    UK: Clayton Equipment has supplied two Type CBD80 battery-diesel locomotives to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s Sellafield site, where they will be used to move nuclear materials and waste on the internal rail network. The 80 tonne Bo-Bo hybrid locomotives are powered by Stage V compliant Deutz ...

  • Northern ticket machine
    Rail Business UK

    Rail industry responds to 3·8% fare increase


    UK: The government has confirmed that regulated rail fares in England will increase by 3·8% in March, in line with the July 2021 Retail Price Index measure of inflation. Until the pandemic, fares had been raised in January each year by 1% above the previous July’s ...

  • tickets
    Rail Business UK

    Great British Railways national ticket retailing system sought


    UK: The Rail Delivery Group has begun market sounding ahead of procurement of an online ticket retailing system for Great British Railways. The Consolidated Online Retail Solution would be ‘a cost effective, market leading, online e-commerce service’ with web and app functions designed to make it ...

  • Soham station opening.
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


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

  • derailer-dirft
    Rail Business UK

    Derailers installed to protect DIRFT traverser


    UK: Depot safety specialist Zonegreen has completed its first installation for the freight sector, supplying five powered derailers to protect a traverser which has been installed instead of a head shunt at Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal in Northamptonshire. DIRFT III contractor Winvic Construction commissioned Zonegreen ...

  • Goodmap screenshot from a TransPennine Express station (1)
    Rail Business UK

    TransPennine Express unveils accessibility initiatives


    UK: TransPennine Express has introduced the GoodMaps app, which guides blind and other users around stations to help them find features such as platforms, toilets, ticket offices and coffee shops. The app uses LIDAR and image recognition data, and does not require ...

  • Southeastern
    Rail Business UK

    ‘Serious errors’ made by Southeastern franchisee


    UK: Serious errors were made by Govia’s Southeastern franchisee London & South Eastern Railway Ltd in its engagement with the Department for Transport over several years, a review commissioned by the chairs of shareholders Go-Ahead Group and Keolis UK has found.

  • SWT 450 & 444 at Clapham Jn TM01-edited
    Rail Business UK

    Desiro air-conditioning goes digital


    UK: Siemens Mobility has awarded Knorr-Bremse a contract to overhaul and install remote monitoring equipment on 733 heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems on 172 Class 444 and Class 450 Desiro electric multiple-units operated by South Western Railway. The HVAC systems were made by Knorr-Bremse subsidiary Merak. ...

  • Headbolt Lane Station - Aerial View 1
    Rail Business UK

    Battery trains to serve Headbolt Lane station


    UK: Work is set to begin on construction of a station at Headbolt Lane as part of an initiative which will see Merseyrail Stadler Class 777 electric multiple-units use battery power to run around 2 km beyond the end of the 750 V DC third rail ...

  • Train cleaning robot design
    Rail Business UK

    Robot train cleaner to be tested


    UK: A robot designed to clean hard-to-reach areas between and underneath train seats is being developed by the National Robotarium research centre, which has unveiled the design ahead of laboratory and real-world trials with a prototype in 2022. The National Robotarium is supported by Heriot-Watt University ...

  • Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail Class 385 EMU
    Rail Business UK

    Scottish Rail Holdings managers appointed


    UK: Two senior appointments have been announced at Scottish Rail Holdings, the Scottish government-owned company being set up to own ScotRail Trains Ltd, which will operate ScotRail passenger services after the current contract held by Abellio expires on March 31 2022. Chris Gibb has been appointed ...

  • London Waterloo concourse
    Rail Business UK

    Whole Industry Strategic Plan targets ‘a simpler, better railway’


    UK: The Great British Railways Transition Team has called for evidence to support the development of an ‘outward looking’ 30-year Whole Industry Strategic Plan which would to enable the government to set a clear long-term direction for the railway sector. GBR will be responsible for achieving ...

  • gb-tpe-68 at Seamer-NK
    Rail Business UK

    Fleet and routes recast at TransPennine Express


    UK: TransPennine Express is to retain its full allocation of Class 185 DMUs for the medium term and introduce Class 802 electro-diesel trainsets on its West Coast Main Line services under a series of operational changes to be phased in at the next three timetable changes.

  • Sources within the Department for Transport have defended decisions taken during the creation of the Integrated Rail Plan for the North & Midlands.
    Rail Business UK

    DfT defends Integrated Rail Plan decisions


    UK: Speaking on condition of anonymity, sources within the Department for Transport have defended decisions taken during the creation of the Integrated Rail Plan for the North & Midlands. Lengthy timescales Criticism has been directed at the apparently lengthy project timescales set ...

  • Impression of the Hitachi and Alstom joint venture's trains for High Speed 2 (1)
    Rail Business UK

    Hitachi-led joint venture to supply 54 trains to operate HS2 services


    UK: A consortium of Alstom and Hitachi Rail is to supply a fleet of 54 conventional-compatible trains for High Speed 2 services under a contract worth £1·97bn, the Department for Transport and HS2 Ltd announced on December 9. The trains will be ‘designed and built’ in ...