UK rail industry news – Page 7

  • Aldridge station in 1955 (Photo: DJ Norton)
    Rail Business UK

    Nine proposals awarded Restoring Your Railway funding


    UK: The government has announced £15m of Restoring Your Railway funding for the further development of proposals for nine railway schemes. The initiatives announced on June 18 are: reopening Aldridge station and reinstating passenger services on the freight-only line from Ryecroft Junction near Walsall; reintroducing ...

  • Ferrabyrne
    Rail Business UK

    Dellner acquires Ferrabyrne


    UK: Rubber-to-metal bonded components and rail suspension supplier Ferrabyrne Ltd has been acquired by the Dellner Polymer Solutions subsidiary of Sweden’s Dellner Group. Ferrabyrne will continue operating from its 3 000 m2 factory in Littlehampton, which supplies rolling stock manufacturers including Alstom, Hitachi, Siemens Mobility and ...

  • Andrew Haines
    Rail Business UK

    Network Rail CEO says productivity changes are essential as strikes begin


    UK: Talking to Rail Business UK the day before the first day of strikes by RMT union members at Network Rail and 13 train operating companies, NR Chief Executive Andrew Haines reflects on the causes of the dispute and how far the infrastructure manager may be from finding a resolution. 

  • MTMS hivi
    Rail Business UK

    MTMS awarded Hitachi Rail depot support contract


    UK: Hitachi Rail has awarded depot maintenance specialist MTMS a three-year contract to provide ‘comprehensive and round-the-clock’ maintenance equipment support at its six facilities maintaining Class 80x trainsets for GWR and LNER. MTMS will support infrastructure including train washing facilities, servicing spines and fuel arms, with ...

  • Bogie
    Rail Business UK

    D/Gauge offers dynamic vehicle modelling services


    UK: Gauging and clearance assessment specialist D/Gauge now offers in-house dynamic vehicle modelling services using SNC-Lavalin’s Vampire Pro software. Detailed bogie and vehicle data is used to understand vehicle motion and assess safety, clearances and risks in real-life scenarios. D/Gauge said sourcing dynamic vehicle modelling services ...

  • Artist impression of AVA bridge Stowmarket (1)
    Rail Business UK

    ‘Revolutionary’ footbridge to be built at Stowmarket


    UK: The existing concrete footbridge at Greater Anglia’s Stowmarket station is to be replaced using the first modular ‘flat pack’ bridge to a design developed by the AVA consortium. The concept for the stainless-steel framed design was developed by Network Rail, Expedition Engineering (design), Hawkins\Brown (architect), ...

  • AWC Hitachi Rail Class 805 under construction
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


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  • SEGRO Logistics Park Northampton impression
    Rail Business UK

    Northampton and East Midlands rail terminal agreements signed


    UK: Logistics company Maritime Transport and industrial property developer SEGRO have signed two agreements covering the operation and expansion of rail freight facilities in the Midlands.

  • Reading station (front)
    Rail Business UK

    Digital twin aims to cut station energy usage


    UK: Real-time data on Reading station’s energy usage is to be fed into a digital twin in a project which aims to improve the station’s energy performance and cut its carbon emissions by up to 20%. The project is being undertaken by Network Rail with Atkins ...

  • Department for Transport and incumbent FirstGroup have agreed a three-year National Rail Contract for the operation of Great Western Railway services (Photo: Hitachi)
    Rail Business UK

    National Rail Contract for Great Western Railway services aims to meet changing needs


    UK: FirstGroup’s three-year National Rail Contract to operate Great Western Railway services is designed to accommodate changing needs following the pandemic, with a return to a growth-led approach, progress with MetroWest and a diesel rolling stock review.

  • Leeds station concourse
    Rail Business UK

    Government consults on rail reform legislative changes


    UK: The government has begun consultation on the legislative changes required to implement the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail. This includes the creation of Great British Railways, a new governance framework, and reform of wider industry structures and processes. The consultation opened on June 9 and closes ...

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    Rail Business UK

    UK: Chiltern Railways looks beyond a short-term recovery


    Extensively modernised around three decades ago, the Chiltern network is now the last purely diesel-operated route out of London, and despite enhancements it will soon be in need of significant renewals. Chiltern Railways Managing Director Richard Allan discusses the prospects with Tony Miles.

  • Associated British Ports has awarded road and rail logistics company Maritime Transport a long-term lease to operate its Hams Hall rail freight terminal near Birmingham.
    Rail Business UK

    Maritime Transport to operate Hams Hall freight terminal


    UK: Associated British Ports has awarded road and rail logistics company Maritime Transport a long-term lease to operate its Hams Hall rail freight terminal near Birmingham. Maritime Transport will take over on July 3 this year, and the agreement is expected potentially to run for several ...

  • Denova
    Rail Business UK

    Training software developer rebrands


    UK: Edinburgh-based simulation, training and familiarisation app developer 3DVSL has rebranded as Denova. The company’s customers in the rail sector include Siemens Mobility, Avanti West Coast, ScotRail, Great Western Railway and Metro Trains Melbourne. ‘We have built our reputation in the rail industry over the last ...

  • TfW Rail Mark IV coaches at Holyhead
    Rail Business UK

    Train instead of plane as Welsh government ends Anglesey – Cardiff flights


    UK: Publicly-supported flights between Cardiff and Anglesey will not resume, the Welsh government has announced, with rail offering a viable alternative and the funding to be used to improve public transport in North Wales. The twice-daily flights operated by Eastern Airways under a Public Service Obligation ...

  • First train runs using the new digital signalling on Northern City Line2
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


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  • Railway Support Systems Tractive Power TP70 FWDX2 locomotive (Photo: Jack Boskett)
    Rail Business UK

    Class 08 locomotive replacement concept unveiled


    UK: Railway Support Services has imported a Canadian-built diesel locomotive to demonstrate its plans to produce a replacement for the venerable Class 08 design for main line and industrial shunting and short-distance freight operations. The imported TP70 FWDX2 was produced by Tractive Power in North Vancouver ...

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

    Rail sector responds to announcement of RMT strike dates


    UK: The RMT union has announced that more than 50 000 railway workers will strike on three days in June, in what it says will be the biggest dispute on the network since 1989. There will be strikes at Network Rail and 13 train operating companies ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Digital twin of Bristol Temple Meads helps to assess air quality improvement measures


    UK: Real-time air quality sensors and a digital twin of Bristol Temple Meads have been used to investigate potential measures to improve station air quality.

  • Martijn Gilbert
    Rail Business UK

    Managing Director of both Lumo and Hull Trains appointed


    UK: FirstGroup has announced the appointment of Martijn Gilbert to the new role of Managing Director of its two open access operators Lumo and Hull Trains.