UK rail industry news – Page 3

  • HMT autumn budget 2021
    Rail Business UK

    Rail industry responds to budget


    UK: The rail industry has responded to the Autumn Budget and Spending Review presented to parliament by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak on October 27.  

  • Lumo 803001 at Edinburgh Waverley (Photo: Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Ticket sales ahead of expectations as low-cost Lumo launches


    UK: FirstGroup reports that initial ticket sales at its newly launched London – Edinburgh open access operator Lumo are ahead of expectations, with weekend services proving to be particularly popular. ‘We have always said we intend to reimagine rail travel and we are glad people ...

  • Ben Ackroyd[71]
    Rail Business UK

    Porterbrook appoints Chief Operating Officer


    UK: Porterbrook has appointed Ben Ackroyd as its first Chief Operating Officer, with strategic responsibility for all operational aspects of the business. Currently Managing Director of Trenitalia c2c Ltd, he is expected to join the rolling stock leasing and asset management company in spring 2022. ‘The ...

  • Amey tunnel drill
    Rail Business UK

    Tunnel drill offers speed and safety


    UK: Network Rail and Amey have developed a tunnel drill designed to reduce the risk of vibration injuries, noise, inaccuracies and dust contamination when installing overhead electrification equipment. The infrastructure manager noticed the potential for improvement when working with the contractor on tunnel refurbishments that require ...

  • Network Rail is to undertake in-service trials with DB Systemtechnik’s CTM2·0 continuous track monitoring system (Photo: DB Systemtechnik)
    Rail Business UK

    Track monitoring system to be tested on Chiltern line


    UK: Network Rail is to undertake in-service trials with DB Systemtechnik’s CTM2·0 continuous track monitoring system on a Chiltern Railways MkIII driving van trailer operating in passenger service between London Marylebone and Birmingham. The equipment measures longitudinal level, twist, dynamic alignment, ride comfort, cyclic top, speed ...

  • Schofield Lothian
    Rail Business UK

    Assystem acquires UK rail consultancy


    UK: International transport, energy health and defence engineering group Assystem has acquired Schofield Lothian Ltd, a London-based company which has 80 consultants specialising in rail project consents & engagement, environmental services, project management and commercial management. Assystem said the acquisition would expand its consents & engagement ...

  • Defibrillators at every station - main image
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


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

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    Rail Business UK

    Rail industry calls for action now on Net Zero Strategy


    UK: The rail industry has called for faster action to implement the government’s Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener plan which was published on October 19. Key policies in the strategy include ‘a net zero rail network by 2050, with the ambition to remove all diesel-only ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Compensation sought in legal action over London zone boundary tickets


    UK: Legal claims have been brought against current and past South Eastern and South Western franchisees over claims that passengers were overcharged because fares from the London zone boundaries to stations outside the zones were not readily available for purchase by Travelcard holders. The Competition Appeal Tribunal ...

  • High Speed 2 project promoter HS2 Ltd has shortlisted three bidders for the £500m Phase 2a Design & Delivery Partner contract.
    Rail Business UK

    HS2 Phase 2a Design & Delivery Partner shortlist


    UK: High Speed 2 project promoter HS2 Ltd has shortlisted three bidders for the £500m Phase 2a Design & Delivery Partner contract. This covers management and co-ordination of contracts for the detailed design and construction of the 58 km route from the northern end of Phase ...

  • Charfield station indicative impression of car parking and entrance
    Rail Business UK

    Charfield station consultation begins


    UK: South Gloucestershire Council opened a 12-week public consultation on proposals for a new station at Charfield on October 19. The original station on the Bristol to Gloucester route closed in 1965. The new station would have two platforms, a footbridge, a bus stop, covered cycle ...

  • Neville Hill Depot 3
    Rail Business UK

    Northern takes full control of Neville Hill depot


    UK: Northern has taken over full control of the Neville Hill depot in Leeds, which it previously managed jointly with East Midlands Railway. Around 550 engineers, technicians and train presentation staff are employed at the site. ‘We are delighted to welcome our ...

  • Southeastern Siemens Mobility Class 707 EMU (Photo Southeastern)
    Rail Business UK

    SE Trains takes over Southeastern services


    UK: Southeastern services were transferred to the SE Trains subsidiary of the Department for Transport’s Operator of Last Resort when the directly-awarded management contract held by Govia’s London South Eastern Railway expired at 02.00 on October 17. DfT had an option to extend the contract to ...

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    Rail Business UK

    ‘Compromise’ timetable agreed in Manchester as policymakers demand investment commitments


    UK: Following fraught political negotiations and public consultation, agreement has been reached on the introduction of a post-pandemic timetable for the Manchester area from December 2022.

  • Black 5 steam locomotive (Photo: West Coast Railways)
    Rail Business UK

    Steam locomotive ETCS testing contract awarded


    UK: Network Rail has appointed Atkins and Thales to carry out design and trial fitment to determine whether it is a viable to fit ETCS onboard equipment to steam and heritage diesel locomotives, enabling them to continue operating on routes where ETCS is to be rolled ...

  • Freightliner told Rail Business UK it had taken the ‘difficult decision’ to switch from electric to diesel in order to ‘maintain a cost-effective solution for transporting essential goods and supplies around the UK’.
    Rail Business UK

    Diesel replaces electric traction in face of rising power costs


    UK: Some rail freight operators have temporarily replaced electric haulage with diesel traction, following significant increases in the cost of traction electricity. The increase between September and October is understood to be more than 210%. Network Rail said the costs were the result of price rises ...

  • Lumo uniforms
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


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

  • FGW traincrew at Gloucester
    Rail Business UK

    Train operators launch voluntary severance scheme


    UK: Train operating companies opened the industry-wide voluntary severance scheme to staff at midday on October 13, as part of a Department for Transport-led cost reduction initiative launched in response to expected changes in passenger demand in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Mirroring a similar ...

  • Manchester Piccadilly station concourse (Network Rail)
    Rail Business UK

    DfT begins market engagement on future Passenger Service Contracts


    UK: The Department for Transport has announced the first phase of engagement with industry stakeholders regarding plans for the Passenger Service Contracts which will replace the previous franchising system. A central part of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, PSCs are intended to encourage greater private sector ...

  • MIRP track
    Rail Business UK

    Construction ramps up at Mossend International Railfreight Park


    UK: Temporary tracks are being laid to facilitate construction of the Mossend International Railfreight Park to the east of Glasgow. The track being used has been recovered from Bedfordshire, and will be removed once construction is completed. ‘This represents a major milestone in the construction of ...