UK rail industry news – Page 5

  • SWR Class 701 Arterio Bombardier Transportation Aventra EMU
    Rail Business UK

    SWR to agree fresh milestones for Class 701 EMU introduction

    2022-07-25T13:00:00Z

    UK: New milestones for the significantly delayed roll-out of South Western Railway’s Class 701 Arterio electric multiple-unit fleet are to be agreed with the Department for Transport as part of the operator’s Business Plan for 2022-23. No firm dates are given, but the Business Plan says ...

  • SWR train branding (Photo Tony Miles)
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    Eight themes in South Western Railway’s 2022-23 Business Plan

    2022-07-25T11:22:00Z

    UK: South Western Railway has agreed its 2022-23 Business Plan with the Department for Transport, setting out what it plans in the second year of its National Rail Contract and how much it will cost. Under the National Rail Contract all revenue is paid to the ...

  • gb-RC22-aachen-trophies
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    FH Aachen and Reuschling celebrate second Railway Challenge win

    2022-07-25T05:00:00Z

    UK: A German grouping of FH Aachen and Reuschling has recorded a second win in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ 11th Railway Challenge, having first won the competition in 2019. Intended to reinforce practical skills and the ability to follow a system engineering process, the Railway ...

  • London Waterloo station (Photo: Network Rail)
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    South Western Railway defers December 2022 service increase

    2022-07-22T11:13:00Z

    UK: South Western Railway has agreed with Network Rail and the Department for Transport to defer the timetable changes which were planned for December this year, citing the lack of commuter demand following the pandemic and ‘the ongoing cost challenge facing the rail industry’. During last ...

  • The Messe Berlin venue has more than 3 km of outdoor tracks for rail vehicles to be displayed.
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    Rail Forum to help UK suppliers prepare for ‘super-sized rail show’ InnoTrans

    2022-07-22T07:50:00Z

    INNOTRANS: UK rail industry association Rail Forum is to hold an Introduction to InnoTrans workshop setting out opportunities for British companies at what it calls ‘a super-sized rail show like no other’. The workshop on July 28 will be held in-person in Derby as well as ...

  • HS2 footbridge design impression (6)
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    HS2 rural footbridge design revealed

    2022-07-22T06:00:00Z

    UK: HS2 Ltd has revealed the standard design developed for 11 bridges which will carry rural footpaths and bridleways across the high speed line in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire. The design was produced by HS2 main works contractor EKFB, a joint venture ...

  • Rail Operations (UK) Stadler Class 93 bodyshell
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    Tri-mode locomotive ‘of firsts’ to be delivered next year

    2022-07-21T14:14:00Z

    UK: The bodyshell for the first of the Class 93 tri-mode electric-diesel-battery locomotives ordered by Rail Operations (UK) has been completed at Stadler’s factory at Valencia in Spain. ‘This is a project of firsts’, said Iñigo Parra, CEO of Stadler Valencia, on July 21. ‘The Class ...

  • Cheadle station impression
    Rail Business UK

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    2022-07-21T05:00:00Z

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  • GTR hot weather warning message
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    Specialists appointed to railway weather resilience taskforce

    2022-07-20T14:48:00Z

    UK: Network Rail has announced a taskforce to investigate and make recommendations on how the railway can develop its approach to resilience during hot weather. The review will consider four key areas, each led by an independent specialist. Forecasting: Dame Julia Slingo FRS, former chief scientist ...

  • Andy Bagnall, Rail Partners
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    Rail Partners wants a ‘reinvigorated public-private partnership for the railway’

    2022-07-20T13:38:00Z

    UK: Rail Partners has been officially launched, after being spun out of the Rail Delivery Group to act as a trade body to provide advocacy and policy development services for passenger train operator owning groups and freight operators. It will also provide operations and engineering technical ...

  • TransPennine Express Class 802 on newly wired section of TRU under diesel power (Photo Tony Miles)
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    Full electrification in scope as Transpennine Route Upgrade makes progress

    2022-07-20T06:00:00Z

    UK: The Transpennine Route Upgrade is no longer the series of piecemeal interventions and partial electrification that regional stakeholders had feared, with the programme now including significant works to increase speeds and capacity as well as full electrification of the Transpennine North Railway between York and Manchester. ...

  • Stirling station impression
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    Stirling station modernisation works to begin

    2022-07-18T05:00:00Z

    UK: Luddon Construction is to begin work on a £5m modernisation of Stirling station on July 18. ScotRail will manage the project, which is scheduled to be completed by spring 2023. Funding is being provided by the Scottish government through Sustrans and by Stirling Council, Network ...

  • Greater Anglia Class 321 EMU.
    Rail Business UK

    Class 321 EMU battery option to be developed

    2022-07-14T11:34:00Z

    UK: Leasing company Eversholt Rail is to assess the possibility of using Vivarail’s battery traction technology to enable its Class 321 Renatus electric multiple-units to operate on non-electrified lines. The outer-suburban EMUs built by BREL in 1998-90 were refurbished by Wabtec in 2015-19 under the Renatus ...

  • St Albans City second footbridge render 2
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up

    2022-07-14T05:00:00Z

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  • ASLEF Gen Sec Mick Whelan
    Rail Business UK

    No going back to British Rail days, says ASLEF General Secretary

    2022-07-13T13:32:00Z

    UK: ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan has told Rail Business UK that pay talks are proving difficult, with the trade unions legally obliged to negotiate with the train operating companies which employ them, while those employers are tightly controlled by the Department for Transport under the ...

  • GWR Class 150 DMU on St Ives Branch (Photo: Tony Miles)
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    GWR seeks input to decarbonisation plan

    2022-07-13T05:00:00Z

    UK: Great Western Railway is to undertake a market engagement exercise to support its development of a decarbonisation plan including a move away from diesel traction. The operator is seeking industry input to inform the creation of a Future Fleet & Depot Proposal, setting out ‘affordable’ ...

  • Cambridge station GTR Electrostar
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    Digitising signalling data saves time

    2022-07-12T05:00:00Z

    UK: Alstom says it has achieved a 30% reduction in the time taken up by administrative tasks for the Cambridge resignalling scheme by using EviFile’s data collection and management software, and it expects to increase this to between 50% and 60% in the future. The deployment ...

  • HS2 Birmingham Interchange station aerial impression
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    Laing O’Rourke wins HS2 Interchange station contract

    2022-07-11T15:16:00Z

    UK: High Speed 2 project promoter HS2 Ltd has selected Laing O’Rourke Delivery Ltd for a £370m contract to undertake detailed design and construction of the Interchange station in Solihull to the east of Birmingham. Skanska Construction UK and the Unity Joint Venture of Sir Robert ...

  • James Bain
    Rail Business UK

    Rail Supply Group appoints new Chair

    2022-07-08T05:00:00Z

    UK: CEO of Worldline UK & Europe James Bain has been appointed as Chair of the Rail Supply Group. He succeeds Atkins President Philip Hoare, who has decided to step down after four years chairing RSG. Bain has worked in the rail industry for more than ...

  • Transport for Wales CAF Class 197 DMU at Blaenau Ffestiniog (Photo TfW)
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up

    2022-07-07T05:00:00Z

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