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    More needs to be done to promote rail innovation, says RIA


    UK: There is increasing confidence amongst rail professionals that the industry is innovative, a survey by the Railway Industry Association has found, but more needs to be done to celebrate and promote innovation in the sector. The report compares the results of two surveys of rail ...

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    Network Rail aims to increase the number of disabled people it employs


    UK: Network Rail is aiming to increase the number of disabled people it employs, after figures showed that less than 3% of its 44 000 staff have declared a disability or long-term health condition. ‘Around 20% of the population is disabled, and yet less than 3% ...

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    First Flirts delivered to Wales


    UK: The first two of the 35 Flirt multiple-units which Stadler is supplying to Transport for Wales have been delivered to Cardiff Canton depot, ready for testing and commissioning ahead of entry into service next year. ‘The arrival of the first unit in Cardiff less than ...

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    Northern leaders seek way forward following ‘inadequate’ Integrated Rail Plan


    UK: Political leaders from across northern England have written to the Secretary of State for Transport seeking a way forward following the publication of the Integrated Rail Plan, which they said was ‘the wrong solution for the whole of the north and does not deliver the long-term transformation required to level up the north’s economy’.

  • Chiltern Railways has appointed Paragon ID to provide marketing and operational material printing, storage and distribution services.
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    Arriva agrees Chiltern Railways’ National Rail Contract


    UK: Arriva announced on December 3 that it had agreed a six-year National Rail Contract with the government for its Chiltern Railways operation covering routes to and from London Marylebone.

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    Dormouse bridge to cross railway


    UK: Network Rail is to build a bridge to enable endangered hazel dormice to cross the railway between Lancaster and Barrow-in-Furness. This is part of efforts by charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species to establish new hazel dormouse populations to tackle a 51% decline in their ...

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    Penalty fares to increase


    UK: The Department for Transport has announced plans for changes to penalty fares in England and Wales, following a public consultation on possible options. The current penalty for passengers found without a valid ticket or permit to travel is the greater of £20 or twice the ...

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    Station air quality monitoring programme begins


    UK: RSSB has launched the Stations Air Quality Monitoring Network to help the rail industry take effective decisions on where air quality improvement plans are required. The £4·5m programme is being funded by the Department for Transport. Diffusion tubes are being deployed at more than 100 ...

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    Creative proposals sought for Watford to Croxley link


    UK: ‘Creative and holistic’ proposals are being sought from suppliers, operators and research organisations interested in partnering with Hertfordshire County Council to develop conceptual designs for ‘a new and future-ready transport system’ linking Watford Junction and Croxley using a disused rail alignment The council plans to ...

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    North Wales electrification and WCML enhancements backed in Union Connectivity Review


    UK: Electrification of the coastal main line across north Wales between Crewe and Holyhead and further modernisation of the northern sections of the West Coast Main Line are among the key rail interventions recommended by Network Rail Chairman Sir Peter Hendy in his Union Connectivity Review, published on November 26.

  • Northern Class 158 crosses Dent Head Viaduct on the Settle & Carlise line (Photo: Tony Miles)
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    Rail Social Value Tool goes live for early adopters


    UK: An online Rail Social Value Tool has been launched to help forecast the net social, economic and environmental value that a rail project, organisation or specific initiative might generate. The tool has been developed by the Rail Safety & Standards Board and Loop (formerly Social ...

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    West Coast Partnership Development MD to retire


    UK: Caroline Donaldson is to retire as Managing Director of West Coast Partnership Development at the end of March, FirstGroup announced on November 25. WCPD is the ‘shadow operator’ for High Speed 2, providing HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport with design and development services ...

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    London Waterloo loses its position as Britain’s busiest station


     UK: London Waterloo has lost its place as the busiest station in Great Britain after 17 years at the top of the table, according to the Office of Rail & Road’s latest estimates of annual station usage.

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    Strong shortlist for 24th Rail Business Awards


    UK: No fewer than 48 organisations have been shortlisted for the 24th Rail Business Awards, recognising the achievements of the UK rail sector over the past 12 months, despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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    ORR calls on Network Rail to maintain performance improvements


    UK: The Office of Rail & Road has called for Network Rail to take action to retain the service performance improvements seen during the pandemic, as passengers return to the railway. In its mid-year performance letter to Network Rail published on November 23, ORR said performance ...

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    Unicard to supply multi-operator ticketing back office platform


    UK: The Rail Delivery Group has awarded Unicard a contract to supply a fully-managed Host Operator or Processing System which will enable train operating companies to streamline the processing of smart rail tickets, monitor travel patterns and reduce their costs. The cloud-hosted, multi-tenanted HOPS will manage ...

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    Trial operation begins on London’s Crossrail


    UK: Trial operations have finally begun on the central section of London’s Crossrail project, ahead of the launch of Elizabeth Line services between Paddington and Abbey Wood in ‘the first half of 2022’. Trial running started on November 20, and will include more than 150 operating ...