UK rail industry news – Page 5

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    Rail Business UK

    Exports strategy highlights infrastructure opportunities and tradeshow programme


    UK: The government’s exports strategy published on November 17 highlights British infrastructure expertise and includes a ‘bigger and better targeted’ programme to support SMEs in attending overseas trade exhibitions such as InnoTrans. The strategy includes an Infrastructure Exports:UK initiative to bring together government and industry in ...

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    Rail Business UK

    SODOR enters the space race


    UK: The Satellites for Digitalisation of Railways project has been launched to demonstrate how constellations of communication satellites could be combined with terrestrial telecoms networks to provided passengers and train operators with better onboard connectivity, including in stations and tunnels. SODOR is being developed by a ...

  • Ricardo PanMon ScotRail
    Rail Business UK

    Pantograph condition monitoring system deployed in Scotland


    UK: Ricardo has completed the roll out of its PanMon pantograph condition monitoring system on selected electrified routes in Scotland, including the East and West Coast main lines, the North Clyde line and between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Gantry-mounted high-definition cameras capture 3 000 frames per second, ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Yellow Rail brings ‘fresh approach’ to long-term wagon maintenance deal


    UK: Leasing company VTG has awarded Yellow Rail a long-term contract to provide maintenance services for 620 hopper and box wagons used by Mendip Rail. The contract covers maintenance, repairs, fleet planning, supply chain management and materials services. Work will be undertaken at Mendip Rail’s Merehead ...

  • BBV launches new Skills Academy
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


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

  • TransPennine Express Hitachi Class 802 near Manchester Victoria (Photo: Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    TransPennine Express to trial inter-city battery hybrid train


    UK: Hitachi Rail, Angel Trains and TransPennine Express have agreed in principle to retrofit a traction battery to a five-car Class 802 Nova 1 electro-diesel trainset to create a trimode unit for trials.

  • Proposals for increasing competition in the signalling market to reduce costs and boost performance, efficiency and innovation have been published by the Office of Rail & Road.
    Rail Business UK

    ORR seeks increased competition in the signalling market


    UK: Proposals for increasing competition in the signalling market to reduce costs and boost performance, efficiency and innovation have been published by the Office of Rail & Road. ORR’s market study found that the signalling market in Great Britain is worth £800m to 900m per year ...

  • Alstom Aventra hydrogen fuel cell multiple unit impression
    Rail Business UK

    Alstom and Eversholt to co-operate on new-build hydrogen trains for the UK


    UK: Alstom and leasing company Eversholt Rail have agreed to share technical and commercial information for the development of a fleet of hydrogen fuel cell multiple-units for the UK market.

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    Rail Business UK

    Lords call for clarity on rail ticketing reform


    UK: The government should ‘grasp the nettle’ on fare reform and set out a strategy to ensure that Great British Railways is clear about its future objectives, the House of Lords’ cross-party Built Environment Committee has concluded following its inquiry into the ticket reforms proposed in ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Network Rail ‘concerned’ about future access to European research programme


    UK: Speaking at the Railway Industry Association’s annual conference in London on November 5, Network Rail Chief Executive Andrew Haines expressed concern that the difficult political relationship between the UK government and the European Union since Brexit poses a risk to future access to European railway research programmes.

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    Rail Business UK

    Aggregates terminal enables Cemex to make more use of rail


    UK: Building materials supplier Cemex has completed a significant investment in its Small Heath depot in Birmingham, enabling it to increase its use of rail as part of its ‘Future in Action — Committed to Net Zero CO2’ strategy. Aggregates from Cemex’s Dove Holes quarry are ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Carstairs Junction signalling contract awarded


    UK: Network Rail has awarded Siemens Mobility Ltd a £50m contract for the next stages of the signalling element of the remodelling of Carstairs Junction on the West Coast Main Line. The remodelling project aims to increase operational resilience and flexibility to help reduce the impact ...

  • HS2 worker hard hat
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


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

  • Rail Industry Health Checker 2
    Rail Business UK

    Rail supply industry confidence returns to 2019 levels


    UK: Confidence in the rail supply industry has returned to pre-2019 levels according to the Railway Industry Association, which commissioned Savanta to undertake a survey of 265 rail industry leaders during October. This found that: optimism about the supply industry has returned to 2019 levels ...

  • Salisbury Fisherton Tunnel collision
    Rail Business UK

    Wheelslide likely cause of Salisbury collision, finds RAIB


    UK: Wheelslide, ‘almost certainly a result of low adhesion’, was the most likely cause of a collision between Great Western Railway and South Western Railway diesel multiple-units at Fisherton Tunnel in Salisbury on October 31, according to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.

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    Rail Business UK

    Rail’s growth agenda evaporates as Treasury takes control


    UK: Having spoken to a range of senior figures across the industry in recent weeks, almost all on condition of anonymity, Rail Business UK  can confirm widespread concern that significant investment spending is coming to an end after three decades of growth in rail use, with potentially significant implications for the future of the network.

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    Rail Business UK

    Viewpoint: Time to innovate faster


    There is a real risk that the UK rail sector will fail to capitalise on the potential of next-generation train control technology unless it learns to collaborate more effectively and implement quicker, argues David Palmer of Thales.

  • Isle of Wight Island Line Class 484 on Ryde pier (Photo: SWR)
    Rail Business UK

    Isle of Wight’s Island Line reopens following £26m modernisation


    UK: The Isle of Wight’s Island Line reopened on November 1, following a £26m renewal programme including the introduction of a replacement fleet of electric multiple-units rebuilt from former London Underground trains. ‘We are so excited to welcome our customers back onboard having completed the ...

  • ORR HM Railway Inspector at freight yard
    Rail Business UK

    Office of Rail & Road updates ROGS guidance


    UK: The Office of Rail & Road has published updated guidance on the Railways & Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006, following a review of how the guidelines work in practice. ROGS provides the regulatory regime for rail safety, including main line railways, metros, light ...

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

    Councils plan bids for Great British Railways headquarters


    UK: A number of councils across the country have confirmed their intention to bid to host the headquarters of Great British Railways, under a competition announced by Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps. Chief Executive of Derby City Council Paul Simpson said the city ‘has ...