UK rail industry news – Page 8

  • Bombardier-Hitachi High Speed 2 train proposal.
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    Anglo-Scottish acceleration in doubt as government shelves HS2’s Golborne Link


    UK: The government confirmed on June 6 its intention to drop the so-called Golborne Link from Phase 2b of High Speed 2.

  • Stanford-le-Hope station impression
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    Station rebuild to offer a seamless sequence of passenger experiences


    UK: ‘We designed the station in a way which provides delight and a high-quality experience to the user’, said architect Erik Behrens, Design Practice Director at AECOM, when designs for the rebuilding of Stanford-le-Hope station were unveiled by Thurrock Council. ‘Its modern canopy structures lend the ...

  • TfW GoMedia HEAR
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    Personalised announcements support passengers with hearing loss


    UK: Transport for Wales has tested Hearing Enhanced Audio Relay, which provides personalised announcements for passengers with hearing loss by using on-train wi-fi to send audible and readable journey announcements to smart devices.

  • gb ScotRail Class 318
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    Scotland seeks battery trains in partial electrification plan


    UK: The Scottish government has approved calls for tenders to finance and manufacture a fleet of bi-mode battery electric multiple-units to operate on the East Kilbride, Fife and Borders routes.

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    Scotland: Setting priorities for a new era


    The return of passenger services to public control, along with government targets for decarbonisation and freight modal shift, promise a positive future for Scotland’s rail network. Tony Miles talks to Transport Scotland and Scotland’s Railway about the benefits and challenges of renationalisation.

  • Screen
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    Rolling stock digital maintenance project awarded funding


    UK: Funding has been awarded for a project to investigate how digital controls can limit access to train maintenance systems to authorised personnel and the correct times, for example by ensuring that software updates are only carried out when a vehicle is stationary and uncoupled. This ...

  • Class 43 New Measurement Train
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    Class 43 ETCS retrofit project makes progress


    UK: Thales and leasing company Porterbrook have announced the successful retrofitting of three Class 43 HST power cars with ETCS onboard equipment complying with UNISIG baseline B3R2. Following successful ETCS Level 2 Testing at Network Rail’s Melton Rail Innovation & Development Centre ...

  • Electrification
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    Midland Main Line electrification market engagement begins


    UK: Network Rail has begin market engagement ahead of procurement for the Midland Main Line electrification programme to extend 25 kV 50 Hz overhead to Nottingham and Sheffield. Electrification is currently in place from London St Pancras International to Bedford, Kettering and Corby, with East Midlands ...

  • Network Rail has awarded Loram two contracts totalling £25m for the support of its infrastructure monitoring vehicle fleet.
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    Loram awarded Network Rail infrastructure monitoring fleet contracts


    UK: Network Rail has awarded Loram two contracts totalling £25m for the support of its infrastructure monitoring vehicle fleet. The first contract covers the maintenance of 65 vehicles which Network Rail uses for the digital measurement and analysis of track and structure assets. The second contract ...

  • EMR train toilet
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    Train toilets get antimicrobial coating


    UK: The 162 toilets on East Midlands Railway’s Class 222 inter-city diesel multiple-unit fleet are being treated with Coatings Tech’s Cotech BioSafe protective coating incorporating Microban antimicrobial technology. Coatings Tech has previously applied its Cotech Clear Coat Easy Clean product for the outside of EMR trains, ...

  • The Rail Accelerator & Innovation Solutions hub for Enterprise in Goole has been formally inaugurated
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    Goole business centre to support railway research and innovation


    UK: The Rail Accelerator & Innovation Solutions hub for Enterprise in Goole has been formally inaugurated, adjacent to the new Siemens Mobility rolling stock assembly plant which is now nearing completion.

  • Train delay message
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    Passenger rail performance down but better than pre-pandemic


    UK: Passenger rail performance worsened in January to March 2022 but punctuality was still better than before the pandemic, according to the latest statistics from the Office of Rail & Road. Of the 1·64 million trains planned in the three months, 72·4% arrived on time, 89·1% ...

  • Ukraine - Network Rail team
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    Network Rail sends tools to Ukraine


    UKRAINE: British infrastructure manager Network Rail and its supply chain partners have donated four vehicles loaded with railway spares and tools including generators, drills, jacks and cutting equipment to Ukraine’s national railway Ukrzaliznytsia, which issued an appeal for help through the International Union of Railways following ...

  • First train over SAS 13 bridge
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    UK railway news round-up


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

  • London Liverpool Street station concourse
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    Rail industry responds to RMT strike vote


    UK: The rail industry has responded to RMT union members’ vote in favour of strike action across Network Rail and a number of train operating companies. Announcing the ballot result on May 24, RMT said 71% of the more than 40 000 members who were balloted ...

  • Artists impression of a HS2 train
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    Managing Director of West Coast Partnership Development appointed


    UK: Shamit Gaiger has been appointed Managing Director of FirstGroup/Trenitalia’s High Speed 2 shadow operator West Coast Partnership Development, and is to join the business on July 25. Gaiger led AECOM’s Advisory Europe team, and has held roles at RSSB. She was Director of Strategy at ...

  • Bellrock Technology
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    Analytics to improve rolling stock condition monitoring


    UK: University of Strathclyde spin-off company Bellrock Technology is working with leasing company Angel Trains to provide a ‘proof of value’ showing how its Lumen analytics software can improve rolling stock condition monitoring. One four-week project will look at obtaining more meaningful data from door fault ...

  • Elizabeth Line roundel (Photo TfL)
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    Industry responds to launch of cross-London Elizabeth Line


    UK: Organisations from the across the rail sector have commented on the opening of London’s Elizabeth Line on May 24. Politics Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps said ’the Elizabeth Line is a beacon of British success, not just for this marvel of engineering but ...

  • Elizabeth Line trains Abbey Wood-CJ
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    London’s Elizabeth Line opens at last


    UK: Elizabeth Line services began running on the Crossrail core route across central London on May 24, with an initial 12 trains/h linking Paddington station in the west to Abbey Wood in the southeast. 

  • Reston station opening
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    Reston station opens


    UK: Reston station on the East Coast Main Line in the Scottish Borders opened on May 23. The first train to call since the closure of the previous station in 1964 was the 06.16 TransPennine Express service from Edinburgh.