UK rail industry news – Page 8

  • One of TPEs new Express Help Points
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    New way to get in touch from station help points


    UK: TransPennine Express is testing Everdelta station help points, which have a QR code which customers can scan with a mobile phone to obtain a link which enables them to connect with staff to obtain information or assistance. The service is currently being trialled at ...

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    QTS Group acquires electrification contractor REL


    UK: Rail infrastructure engineering services provider QTS Group has acquired Rail Electrification Ltd, adding overhead line capabilities to its portfolio of vegetation management, drainage, civil engineering, fencing and plant supply services. ‘QTS has grown rapidly over the last decade and, in order for us to ...

  • ORR passenger stats 2020-21
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    Rail journeys in Great Britain lowest since at least 1872


    UK: Rail passenger journeys in Great Britain in 2020-21 were the lowest since records began in 1872, according to the latest statistics from the Office of Rail Road. The regulator said the ‘unprecedented’ fall in usage could be attributed entirely to the coronavirus pandemic, ...

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    UK railway news round-up


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    Midlands Connect calls for direct rail link between Coventry and Leicester


    UK: Midlands Connect has set out proposals for a direct passenger train service between Coventry, Leicester and Nottingham. Its report has been released ahead of the publication of the government’s Integrated Rail Plan for the Midlands and northern England, which the regional transport strategy body sees ...

  • London Euston departure board with British Sign Language screens (Photo Network Rail)
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    Passenger information displays incorporate sign language interpretation


    UK: Network Rail has begun deploying 20 LB Foster fixed and mobile touch-screen passenger information displays with in-screen British Sign Language interpretation at London Euston station, and a large screen is to be provided beside the departure boards on the main concourse. Network Rail ...

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    Flexi Season ticket details announced


    UK: Further details have been announced of the Flexi Season tickets valid for eight days of travel in a 28 day period. The paperless tickets are aimed at commuters who travel at peak times on two or three days a week, and will go on sale on ...

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    Concession model could affect ROSCO business models


    UK: Rolling stock leasing companies’ business models, risk profiles and financial positions could be affected by the move to concessions for operating passenger train services under the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, according to Fitch Ratings. ‘The proposals do not imply any direct change for the ...

  • Railway station design concept visualisation (Image: 7N Architects)
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    7N Architects wins small station design competition


    UK: Edinburgh-based architectural practice 7N Architects has won a competition organised by Network Rail and the Royal Institute of British Architects to ‘reimagine’ small to medium-sized stations. The competition attracted more than 200 entries from designers based in 34 countries. The practice’s winning entry ...

  • gb Transpennine Express Class 185 between Stalybridge and Huddersfield (Tony Miles)
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    Rail needs to be ‘relevant and wanted’ in an era of changed travel demand


    UK: ‘How we go about our daily lives and conduct our businesses has changed for a lot of people’, said Steve Montgomery, Managing Director of FirstGroup’s First Rail business at the TransPennine Express RE-Connect 2021 conference. Before the coronavirus ‘we were seeing customer numbers at ...

  • Inverness Airport railway station artist's impression
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    Inverness Airport station approved


    UK: Highland Council’s planning committee has unanimously approved proposals to build a station at Inverness Airport on the Aberdeen – Inverness line. Located approximately 12 km northeast of the city, where the railway runs along the side of the airport, the station will have two ...

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    UK railway news round-up


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    ScotRail tests on-train Covid-19 check-in system


    UK: As part of Scotland’s coronavirus measures, ScotRail is undertaking an eight-week trial of the NHS Test Protect Check In Scotland QR code system on one of its Inter7City trainsets, at the request of the Scottish government and Transport Scotland. From May 24, ...

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    Rail Business Awards recognise outstanding people


    UK: A highlight of the 24th Rail Business Awards to be presented on February 23 2022 will be the Richard Hope Award for an Outstanding Personal Contribution. One of seven ‘people’ awards this year, the Richard Hope Award is intended to recognise an outstanding contribution from ...

  • ​UK: A total of £401m in funding for the next stage of the Transpennine Route Upgrade, remodelling at Oxford and three new stations was confirmed by the government on May 26.
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    Transpennine Route Upgrade, Oxford remodelling and station funding announced


    UK: A total of £401m in funding for the next stage of the Transpennine Route Upgrade, remodelling at Oxford and three new stations was confirmed by the government on May 26. Transpennine Route Upgrade The announcement was led with confirmation of a further £317m ...

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    ScotRail EMU overhaul contract awarded


    UK: Leasing company Eversholt Rail has awarded Brodie Engineering a ‘multimillion pound’ contract for the time-based overhaul of its fleet of 21 Class 318 electric multiple-units operated by ScotRail. This includes the safety critical overhaul of components including traction equipment, doors and heating and ventilation ...

  • Secure cabinets could be provided to store folding bicycles, with vertical racks at the end of coaches to hold full-size bikes.
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    ‘Post-Covid’ flexible train interior concepts proposed


    UK: Concepts for train interior designs which could accommodate changed passenger requirements following the pandemic and with the ability to switch between ‘commuter’ and ‘leisure’ arrangements have been unveiled by operator Go-Ahead, leasing company Angel Trains and design agency Seymourpowell. Sliding armrests could allow seats ...

  • TransPennine Express train (Photo: Tony Miles).
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    FirstGroup agrees National Rail Contracts for SWR and TransPennine Express


    UK: The Department for Transport has finalised the first of the National Rail Contracts under which formerly franchised passenger services are to be operated over the next few years. The directly-awarded NRCs are envisaged as an interim step between the current Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements ...

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    Matthew Golton to lead TransPennine Express


    UK: FirstGroup has announced the appointment of Matthew Golton as Managing Director of TransPennine Express from June 1. He will take over from Acting Managing Director Liz Collins, who is retiring from her current full-time role and taking up a new part-time position as Finance ...

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    Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals offers entry-level industry qualification


    UK: The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers is inviting candidates to book places to sit the online examination for its industry-recognised Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals this October. The certificate is designed to give candidates who may be new to the rail industry, and ...