UK rail industry news – Page 8

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    STAR Capital Partnership invests in Rail Operations Group


    UK: European fund manager STAR Capital Partnership has made a ‘significant’ investment in Rail Operations (UK) Ltd, which owns operating company Rail Operations Group, freight subsidiary Orion and rolling stock storage and disposal business Traxion. STAR is to acquire a majority stake in the group, alongside ...

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    Rail Business Awards - the full shortlist


    Recognising the best in the UK rail sector, the 23rd Rail Business Awards will be presented online, with a series of presentations premiering live at 12.00 on each of four days. Monday February 22 - People awards Tuesday February 23 - Products ...

  • r Grand Central said it would be suspending all its services from January 9 until March 1.
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    Grand Central suspends services until March 1


    UK: Following the government’s announcement of a third national lockdown in England, London to West Yorkshire and Sunderland open access operator Grand Central said it would be suspending all its services from January 9 until March 1. ‘It is hugely disappointing for us to be starting ...

  • Hull Trains Paragon Fleet
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    Hull Trains suspends services for a third time


    UK: East Yorkshire to London open access operator Hull Trains is to temporarily suspend all services from 00.01 on January 9, following the government’s announcement of a third coronavirus lockdown in England. As an open access operator, FirstGroup subsidiary Hull Trains is not eligible for the ...

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    Vegetable oil-fuelled Class 66 hauls steel train


    UK: DB Cargo UK has tested the use of hydro-treated vegetable oil to fuel an Electro-Motive Diesel Class 66 locomotive. Loco 66 150 hauled a consignment of long-welded rail from British Steel’s Scunthorpe site to Network Rail’s depot at Eastleigh in Hampshire on December 16. ...

  • The Zero Emission Train Project will see a withdrawn Class 314 electric multiple-unit made available by ScotRail converted into a ‘deployment-ready and certified’ development platform for hydrogen technology providers and academics.
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    Hydrogen train demonstrator project consortium appointed


    UK: An industry consortium has been appointed to produce a hydrogen fuel cell multiple-unit for demonstration in Scotland.

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    Next Rail Business UK newsletter


    UK: Because of the Christmas break, the next Rail Business UK e-mail newsletter will be on Thursday January 7 2021.

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    Putting the rail user first by design


    The way contractors design and execute planned and emergency construction work has a bearing on the ability for Network Rail to achieve its user-first strategy. Andy Sloan, Managing Director of COWI in the UK, takes a look at how design best practice is evolving.

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    Transport for the North disappointed by NIC report


    UK: ‘Disappointing’ is Transport for the North’s reaction to the National Infrastructure Commission’s recent Rail Needs Assessment for the Midlands the North report, which suggested a significant scaling back of projects including Northern Powerhouse Rail and the eastern leg of High Speed 2 because ...

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    Accessibility training extended to cover replacement bus teams


    UK: Greater Anglia has extended its accessibility awareness training scheme to include rail replacement bus teams. The online programme is delivered by a team of disabled trainers put together by equality trainer Sarah Rennie. It covers meeting and greeting disabled customers, and how to talk to ...

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    LNER IC225 sets head for temporary store


    LNER has confirmed that its complete fleet of IC225 push-pull trainsets formed from a Class 91 locomotive and MkIV coaches will be taken out of service temporarily.

  • HS2 Graduate recruitment programme opens
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    HS2 Ltd launches 2021 graduate recruitment scheme


    UK: HS2 Ltd has opened its 2021 graduate recruitment scheme, seeking 17 people to join a two-year programme with roles including project management, engineering, landscape architecture, commercial and communications. Participants will experience at least four placement rotations within HS2 Ltd and its main works construction ...

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    ScotRail offers free ticket refunds after coronavirus rule changes


    UK: ScotRail is to offer free refunds on unused tickets bought on or before December 20, following the Scottish Government’s announcement of more travel restrictions over the Christmas and New Year period. In order to claim the fee-free refund, customers must keep hold of their tickets ...

  • Cash refunds will be provided for people who had booked tickets for rail or coach journeys in England during the December 23-27 ‘Christmas travel window’
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    Cash refunds to be offered for Christmas rail tickets


    UK: Cash refunds will be provided for people who had booked tickets for rail or coach journeys in England during the December 23-27 ‘Christmas travel window’ but who are now unable to travel as a result of the latest changes to the government’s coronavirus restrictions. ...

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    Remediation work underway at site of fuel train derailment


    UK: Specialist environmental contractors Adler Allan and Jacobs have begun remediation work to remove and replace 12 000 m 3 of soil which was contaminated with diesel when 330 000 litres of fuel was spilt when a freight train derailed at Llangennech on the ...

  • Eurostar has agreed to make it clearer that passengers have a right to cash refunds for cancelled services
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    Eurostar to make cash refund option clearer


    UK: International high speed train operator Eurostar has agreed to make it clearer that passengers have a right to cash refunds for cancelled services, following an intervention by the Office of Rail Road. ORR said Eurostar’s service cancellation e-mails to passengers had provided prominent ...

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    Port of Grangemouth to expand rail capacity


    UK: Forth Ports Ltd has begun work this month on a £3m project to ‘significantly’ scale up and modernise rail capacity at the Port of Grangemouth. Two sidings are to be extended from 200 m to 775 m, so they are capable of handling the longest ...

  • Merseyrail Stadler Class 777 EMU
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    Launch of Merseyrail’s new trains delayed by pandemic


    UK: Challenges arising from the coronavirus pandemic mean that the phased introduction of Merseyrail’s fleet of Stadler Class 777 electric multiple-units will not begin this year, transport authority Merseytravel has confirmed. The pandemic has affected a number of manufacturing and testing workstreams and disrupted critical European ...

  • HS2 impression of line with Small Dean viaduct and Wendover Green South Tunnel portal
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    HS2 seeks switch and crossing suppliers


    UK: HS2 Ltd has begun the process of appointing a supplier to design and manufacture around 180 switches and crossings and 77 rail expansion devices for Phase 1 and 2a between London, Birmingham and the connection with the West Coast Main Line at Crewe. The switches ...

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    UK railway news round-up


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