UK rail industry news – Page 9

  • Freightliner employee James Mather- a member of the team fitting RFID tags at Crewe Maintenance Facility
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    RFID tags fitted to freight fleets


    UK: Work is underway to fit more than 15 000 wagons and freight locomotives with radio frequency identification tags for use by lineside readers at 22 wheelset monitoring locations. The two-year project is being funded from the £22m Freight Safety Improvement Portfolio for 2019-24. ‘Each freight ...

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    UK railway news round-up


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

  • Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram at ASLEF's Invest in Rail meeting (Photo: Tony Miles)
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    Burnham and Rotheram call for more control of rail


    UK: Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and his Liverpool City Region counterpart Steve Rotheram called for more investment in public transport and greater devolution of budgets and control at a meeting held in Manchester on May 12 as part of the ASLEF trade union’s Invest ...

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    Rawtenstall – Manchester travel corridor business case under development


    UK: Systra is to undertake a survey of residents and business on behalf of Rossendale Council to support the production of a strategic outline business case for the development of a Rawtenstall – Manchester travel corridor. The council was awarded £150 000 from the Department for ...

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    Next Railtex to be held in Birmingham in May 2023


    UK: The next Railtex industry trade fair will be held at the NEC in Birmingham on May 9–11 2023, event organiser Mack-Brooks Exhibitions has confirmed. A total of 130 companies from 14 countries exhibited at the Railtex/Infrarail 2022 event at Olympia London ...

  • Northern 195125 East Didsbury 190421
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    IVU.rail goes live at Northern


    UK: Northern has gone live with the first phase of deployment of IVU Traffic Technologies’ IVU.rail planning software, covering on-the-day control and engineering systems. This provides visibility of all resources in one system, supporting controllers in their decision making, reducing manual tasks to enable staff to ...

  • Urmston passengers
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    Next Chair of Transport Focus appointed


    UK: Nigel Stevens has been appointed as Chair of Transport Focus, the arm’s length body of the Department for Transport which acts as the independent statutory consumer watchdog for rail passengers in Great Britain; bus, coach and tram passengers in England outside London; and all users ...

  • Thales TPWS Mk4
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    Thales launches TPWS Mk4 Single Cab Control Unit


    UK: Thales has launched the Mk4 version of its Train Protection & Warning System control unit, which is designed to offer additional features through a simple upgrade from previous versions. The first deployments of the Mk4 will be with Northern Ireland Railways and Chiltern Railways, where ...

  • Elizabeth Line escalators (Photo TfL)
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    Regulator approves Elizabeth Line passenger operation


    UK: Industry regulator the Office of Rail & Road confirmed on May 13 that London’s Elizabeth Line had received final authorisations for the passenger use of its infrastructure, trains and stations (except Bond Street), ahead of the opening which is scheduled for May 24. Bond Street ...

  • Bulldog tools shovel
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    Individually tested insulated tools for the rail industry


    UK: Rollins & Sons is now offering its Bulldog range of insulated hand tools in the rail sector, in response to demand from customers who were familiar with its products from other markets. Each Network Rail approved PowerBreaker tool is manufactured in Wigan and individually tested ...

  • West Midlands Interchange
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    UK railway news round-up


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

  • QTS skills academy
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    Skills academy aims to set young people up for a career in rail


    UK: A Rail Skills Academy for people aged 18 to 24 years has been launched at contractor QTS Group’s Drumclog headquarters with funding from East Ayrshire Council’s Young Person Guarantee programme. The nine-week courses are designed to equip participants with the skills and experience required to ...

  • ORR HM Railway Inspector at freight yard
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    Rail reform and safety priorities in ORR business plan for 2022-23


    UK: The Office of Rail & Road has published its business plan for 2022-23, setting out how the regulator plans to hold Network Rail to account. Supporting the government’s rail reform agenda will be a major area of work, with ORR expected to take on a ...

  • Palace of Westminster
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    Rail industry responds to the Queen’s Speech


    UK: ‘Her Majesty’s Government will improve transport across the United Kingdom, delivering safer, cleaner services and enabling more innovation. Legislation will be introduced to modernise rail services and improve reliability for passengers’, Prince Charles said when reading the Queen’s Speech in place of his mother at ...

  • Twickenham station ticket office
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    Ticket offices under threat of closure, says union


    UK: More than 1 000 station ticket offices in England are at risk of closure as a result of the government amending guidance on changes to opening hours, a trade union has said. ‘The rail industry has made no secret of its goal of closing all ...

  • British Steel rails
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    British Steel announces Scunthorpe rail investment


    UK: British Steel is to build a ‘multi-million-pound’ storage area for 108 m long rails and a dedicated facility for servicing Network Rail’s rail delivery trains at its Scunthorpe steelworks. This follows the award of a two-year extension to its contract to supply Network Rail with ...

  • Railtex 2022 Olympia
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    Live: Railtex/Infrarail 2022 news


    UK: The latest news updates from the Railtex/Infrarail trade fair at Olympia London on May 10-12 2022. 

  • GWR train
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    Rail industry mental health study commissioned


    UK: Great Western Railway and the Department for Transport have commissioned Samaritans and Mental Health at Work to study mental health and wellbeing support in the rail industry, and make recommendations so that the industry can raise staff awareness and provide support. This will highlight existing ...

  • A Freightliner EMD Class 66 locomotive has been modified to test the diesel engine’s ability to use biomethane or hydrogen dual-fuelling as a potential path to lowering carbon emissions from rail freight.
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    Dual-fuel Class 66 tested


    UK: A Freightliner EMD Class 66 locomotive has been modified to test the diesel engine’s ability to use biomethane or hydrogen dual-fuelling as a potential path to lowering carbon emissions from rail freight. The tests used precision injection technology from Clear Air Power. This had previously ...

  • Barrow Haven station
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    Barrow Haven platform replacement begins


    UK: Work has begun on a £1·3m project to replace the single platform at Barrow Haven, a small halt on the Barton-on-Humber branch in North Lincolnshire. The existing platform will be replaced by a 60 m long structure with raised tactile paving. East Midlands Railway is ...