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    UK railway news round-up


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

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    Specialists appointed to railway weather resilience taskforce


    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 ...

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    Rail Partners wants a ‘reinvigorated public-private partnership for the railway’


    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 ...

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    Full electrification in scope as Transpennine Route Upgrade makes progress


    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. ...

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    Stirling station modernisation works to begin


    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 ...

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    Class 321 EMU battery option to be developed


    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 ...

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    UK railway news round-up


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

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


    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 ...

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    GWR seeks input to decarbonisation plan


    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’ ...

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    Digitising signalling data saves time


    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 ...

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    Laing O’Rourke wins HS2 Interchange station contract


    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 ...

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    Rail Supply Group appoints new Chair


    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)
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    UK railway news round-up


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

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    Shortlisted bidders make their case to host Great British Railways headquarters


    UK: The six locations shortlisted in the competition to be the future home of Great British Railways have made their cases. Birmingham Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street said ‘Birmingham combines a unique rail heritage with an unparalleled concentration of modern ...

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    GWR to trial PAYG smart card ticketing around Bristol this year


    UK: Great Western Railway is begin trials of pay-as-you-go smart card ticketing in the Bristol area later this year, using iBlocks’ SmartTIS technology. This is intended as the first step in delivering a wider scheme to other areas of the GWR network. Future plans could also ...

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    ORR seeks feedback on Investment Framework update


    UK: The Office of Rail & Road is seeking feedback on its plans to modernise and simplify its Investment Framework. Originally published in 2006 and last updated in 2010, the Investment Framework contains ORR’s policy and guidelines and sets out the legislation and processes for anyone ...

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    Six locations shortlisted to be Great British Railways headquarters


    UK: Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced a shortlist of six locations for the future headquarters of Great British Railways. A total of 42 bids were submitted, with Birmingham, Crewe, Derby, Doncaster, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and York being shortlisted. The final decision will be made by the Secretary ...

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    Huddersfield to Dewsbury route upgrading approved


    UK: The Secretary of State for Transport has approved a Transport & Works Act order granting Network Rail powers to undertake the Huddersfield to Westtown (Dewsbury) Improvement Scheme, which forms part of the Transpennine Route Upgrade. The scheme covers a 13 km section of the trans-Pennine ...

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    Siemens Mobility announces £7m Goole component facility


    UK: Siemens Mobility is to open a £7m traction drive and motor maintenance facility at the ‘rail village’ being developed around its future rolling stock factory in Goole. To be built by local contractor GMI Construction Group for opening in 2023, the facility will undertake UK ...

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    ORR launches RM3 health and safety learning platform


    UK: The Office of Rail & Road has launched an online learning platform to assist health and safety professionals in gaining a further understanding of how to use the rail industry’s Risk Management Maturity Model. The e-learning platform designed by Premier IT went live on June ...