UK rail industry news – Page 4

  • Wabtec TPOC
    Rail Business UK

    Wabtec opens first European Transit Performance Optimisation Centre in Derby


    UK: Porterbrook will be the first UK rail customer to use a Transit Performance Optimisation Centre which Wabtec has opened in Derby as part of its expansion into asset analytics and condition monitoring to support predictive maintenance. Wabtec already operates four Global Performance Optimisation Centres in ...

  • Station navigation app for visually impaired passengers on test at SWR
    Rail Business UK

    Station navigation app for visually impaired passengers on test


    UK: South Western Railway is trialling the myEyes app, which provides audio directions to help guide people with sight loss from a station entrance to assisted boarding points on platforms where they can get help to board the train. The myEyes app was developed by iKi ...

  • Avanti West Coast Pride Pendolino (Photo: Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Controversy as Avanti West Coast announces timetable cuts


    UK: Avanti West Coast has triggered considerable anger amongst trade unions with its use of the phrase ‘unofficial strike action’ to describe the refusal of staff to work on their rest days.

  • Mandy Rail VTG contract
    Rail Business UK

    Mandy Rail wins wagon fleet contract


    UK: Mandy Rail has won its first long-term contract to maintain a wagon fleet, covering 50 IIA hoppers which are owned by leasing company VTG Rail UK and operate from the port of Tyne.

  • Signpost to public transport
    Rail Business UK

    City regions want formal role in rail reform


    UK: City regions have been sidelined in the government’s plans for rail reform, according to the Urban Transport Group of transport authorities, which has called for them to be given a statutory role in managing and developing the rail network. UTG said it welcomed many of the ...

  • Eurostar on HS1
    Rail Business UK

    High Speed 1 renewals concerns raised


    UK: The Office of Rail & Road has expressed concern over how high speed rail infrastructure concessionaire HS1 Ltd is managing asset renewals. ORR’s annual operational and financial performance assessment of HS1 Ltd for the year to March 31 2022 found a good safety record and ...

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    National Train Control Systems framework aims to develop UK signalling market


    UK: Network Rail is planning to establish a multi-supplier National Train Control Systems framework for the delivery of major enhancements and renewals, including ETCS and conventional signalling. It is envisaged that the 10-year framework would cover five suppliers, and have an estimated overall value of £4bn. ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Bespoke information for Commonwealth Games passengers


    UK: Network Rail and Whoosh have launched a bespoke journey planning platform for the Commonwealth Games, enabing spectators to scan QR codes on posters at Birmingham New Street station to access tailored passenger information. This enables users to check the schedule for the games, find listed ...

  • LB Foster's in-screen British Sign Language interpreters
    Rail Business UK

    LB Foster announces two acquisitions


    UK: US-headquartered rail infrastructure and operational technology company LB Foster has announced two acquistions in the UK transport sector Telford-based Skratch offers digital display design, proof of concept, hardware and software, logistics, installation, maintenance, content management and managed monitoring capabilities that LB Foster intends to leverage ...

  • Network Rail track workers (Photo: Network Rail)
    Rail Business UK

    ORR publishes documents on future rail regulation


    UK: The Office of Rail & Road has published three documents relating to the 2023 periodic review which will determine Network Rail’s outputs and funding for Control Period 7 (2024-29) and will in the future apply to Great British Railways, along with its response to the ...

  • Port of Felixstowe.
    Rail Business UK

    Collaboration looks at modal shift to decarbonise freight


    UK: The University of Birmingham and multi-modal freight company Pass Logistics have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore ways of switching containerised goods from road to rail to support decarbonisation. Researchers at the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research & Education’s Centre of Excellence in Rail ...

  • Chiltern Railways HybridFLEX DMU 168329 (Photo Tony Miles) (1)
    Rail Business UK

    Chiltern Railways investigates HVO fuel


    UK: Chiltern Railways is exploring the potential use of hydrotreated vegetable oil fuel. Chiltern is the last purely diesel-operated railway into London, and with government funding for electrification unlikely to be available in the immediate future, it is looking to reduce its carbon footprint. The HVO ...

  • Gripple rail dropper 1
    Rail Business UK

    Get a Gripple on electrification at InnoTrans


    INNOTRANS: Wire joining and tensioning specialist Gripple and Unipart Rail will be launching the Gripple Rail Dropper, which they say enables catenary droppers to be installed up to eight times faster than conventional methods. The Gripple catenary hanger design enables the quick and easy installation of ...

  • Northern employees - Safeguarding Training
    Rail Business UK

    Rail staff trained to intervene with vulnerable passengers


    UK: The Railway Children charity is training Northern’s conductors, customer service and station staff to spot vulnerable people on the railway and to have the confidence to intervene with help. The work focuses on identifying individuals at risk of to abuse, addiction and intimidation, and helping ...

  • Network Rail has begun formal consultation with trades unions on proposed reforms to maintenance which it says are required to ‘improve productivity and efficiency’, and would see around 1 900 redundancies.
    Rail Business UK

    Network Rail begins consultation on maintenance changes


    UK: Network Rail has begun formal consultation with trades unions on proposed reforms to maintenance which it says are required to ‘improve productivity and efficiency’, and would see around 1 900 redundancies. The infrastucture manager said the proposed changes would involve: fault fixes by ...

  • Footprint Modular Platform
    Rail Business UK

    Rubber block modular platform developed


    UK: A modular platform concept using recycled materials has been launched with a view to reducing installation times, lowering maintenance requirements and cutting the carbon footprint of platform works. The Footprint Modular Platform is supported on walls made from recycled rubber blocks, rather than steel or ...

  • David Pearce Vice Chair of the Bittern Line Community Rail Partnership with the printed timetables Courtesy Bittern Line CRP
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  • Transpennine Express Class 802 at Stalybridge  (Photo: Tony MIles)
    Rail Business UK

    Transport Committee calls on government to revisit Integrated Rail Plan decisions


    UK: A reassessment of the government’s Integrated Rail Plan for the North & Midlands is essential to ensure that the opportunity to address regional imbalances is not missed, according to the House of Commons Transport Select Committee. A report published on July 27 says a full ...

  • ITAL
    Rail Business UK

    CrossCountry deploys ITAL Revenue Protection platform


    UK: CrossCountry has rolled out ITAL’s Revenue Protection platform, following trials with a prototype and testing by selected ticket inspectors. A digital daily duty monitor captures activities throughout a inspector’s shift and automatically produces a detailed report, removing the need for manual data entry and analysis. ...