UK rail industry news – Page 9

  • : Calls for a long-term plan for rail in the north of England dominated Transport for the North’s annual conference (Photo: CAF)
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    Call for clarity and a clear plan for the future of rail in the north of England

    2020-12-16T16:37:00Z

    UK: Calls for a long-term plan for rail in the north of England dominated Transport for the North’s annual conference on December 14. Leader of Leeds City Council Judith Blake called for local accountability, insisting that ‘elected politicians must have a say on projects to reflect ...

  • Prioritising long-distance links, Baseline +50%
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    NIC reports sets out five options for rail investment in the Midlands and north

    2020-12-16T11:16:00Z

    NIC report UK: The National Infrastructure Commission has released its final report into the rail needs of the Midlands and north of England, commissioned by the government to inform the development of an Integrated Rail Plan. In the report published on December 15, NIC calls for a commitment ...

  • The annual change in rail fares will be delayed from January until March 1 2021, the Department for Transport has announced
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    January rail fare increase delayed to March 1

    2020-12-16T00:02:00Z

    UK: The annual change in rail fares will be delayed from January until March 1 2021, the Department for Transport announced on December 16. Regulated fares will then increase by RPI+1, a 2·6% rise. Passengers renewing season tickets will be able to do so at ...

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    GWR to test Hitachi battery hybrid inter-city train

    2020-12-15T11:22:00Z

    UK: Leasing company Eversholt Rail and Hitachi Rail Europe have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop an underfloor battery powerpack to be trialled on a Class 802 electro-diesel inter-city trainset operated by Great Western Railway on the London – Penzance route.

  • gb Perry Barr station rebuild revised design
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    Perry Barr station plans revised following public criticism

    2020-12-14T15:02:00Z

    UK: Designs for the rebuilding of Perry Barr station in Birmingham have been revised in response to overwhelmingly negative public and stakeholder responses to the initial proposal. When the designs were unveiled in September, social media feedback included ‘the architecture of a miserable and joyless world’, ...

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    Electrical innovation at Sandwich station

    2020-12-14T05:00:00Z

    UK: KH Engineering Services has completed an ‘extensive’ programme of mechanical and electrical design works for two platform extensions at Sandwich station, acting on behalf of principal contractor BAM Nuttall. The 80 m platform extensions at the Dover end will enable the station to accommodate 12-car ...

  • gb Northern CAF Class 195 (Northern)
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    CAF completes final Class 195 DMU for Northern

    2020-12-11T08:57:00Z

    UK: CAF has delivered the final Class 195 Civity diesel multiple-unit to Northern, completing the 2016 order for 25 two-car and 33 three-car sets. The final 44 vehicles were assembled at the company’s new factory in Newport, which was opened by Prince of Wales in February, ...

  • FirstGroup and the Department for Transport have reached agreement on the termination of the South Western Railway and West Coast Partnership franchise agreements
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    South Western and West Coast franchise termination payments agreed

    2020-12-10T11:21:00Z

    UK: FirstGroup and the Department for Transport have reached agreement on payments for the termination of the South Western Railway and West Coast Partnership franchise agreements, which were signed before the pandemic, and are negotiating new directly-awarded management contracts which would come into effect when the current ...

  • South Western Railway has withdrawn its onboard catering services and ended its contract with provider Elior, putting around 130 jobs at risk.
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    South Western Railway scraps onboard catering

    2020-12-10T08:00:00Z

    UK: South Western Railway has withdrawn its onboard catering services and ended its contract with provider Elior, putting around 130 jobs at risk. ‘It is with regret that, following consultation with our passengers and the Department for Transport, we have had to terminate our contract with ...

  • gb Greater Anglia passenger with guide dog
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    UK railway news round-up

    2020-12-10T05:00:00Z

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

  • DB Cargo UK has successfully tested the use of 100% renewable hydrotreated vegetable oil to fuel a Class 67 diesel locomotive
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    DB Cargo UK tests hydrotreated vegetable oil locomotive fuel

    2020-12-09T12:27:00Z

    UK: DB Cargo UK has successfully tested the use of 100% renewable hydrotreated vegetable oil to fuel a Class 67 diesel locomotive, and on-track trials are to follow with Class 67 and Class 66 locomotives, as well as testing with a Class 60. The testing, ...

  • West Midlands Trains has deployed an on-train real-time information and entertainment system supplied by GoMedia and its parent company Icomera.
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    West Midlands Trains deploys on-train information and entertainment

    2020-12-09T05:00:00Z

    UK: West Midlands Trains has deployed an on-train real-time information and entertainment system supplied by GoMedia and its parent company Icomera. Passengers connect their smart device to on-train wi-fi, and can then access live information about both the progress of the train and onward connections. There ...

  • Mega Chipper v2 photo
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    More powerful rail-mounted tree chipper introduced

    2020-12-08T05:00:00Z

    UK: QTS Group has unveiled its Mega Chipper V2 rail-mounted chipper, an automated 460 hp machine which can chip a 600 mm diameter tree in 10 sec. A successor to the railway contractor’s original Mega Chipper, the V2 is more powerful and efficient with a ...

  • The House of Commons Welsh Affairs Committee has opened an inquiry into railway infrastructure in Wales
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    Inquiry considers railway infrastructure in Wales

    2020-12-07T12:00:00Z

    UK: The House of Commons Welsh Affairs Committee has opened an inquiry into railway infrastructure in Wales, inviting written evidence by February 26 regarding: where does responsibility lie for rail infrastructure in Wales? how effectively do the UK and Welsh governments co-operate with one ...

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    Routes into Rail highlights railway careers

    2020-12-07T05:00:00Z

    UK: Organisations from across the rail sector have collaborated to launch a revamped Routes into Rail website to provide information about careers in the rail sector, and highlight more than 700 job vacancies. The website aims to facilitate an increase in diversity in rail by reaching ...

  • The rail elements of Skanska UK’s infrastructure services operation will become part of M Group’s Dyer & Butler business.
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    M Group to acquire Skanska UK rail services activities

    2020-12-04T12:21:00Z

    UK: M Group Services has announced the acquisition of Skanska UK’s rail and road infrastructure services business. The £50m acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of Q1 2021, as part of Skanska’s strategy of focusing on its core activities in the infrastructure and ...

  • Mechan worked with main contractor Hochtief to design, supply and install a set of 12 lifting jacks and two turntables for a three-road maintenance facility which has been built to expand GWR’s Exeter Olds View depot near St David’s station.
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    Mechan jacks and turntables installed in Exeter

    2020-12-04T05:00:00Z

    UK: Mechan worked with main contractor Hochtief to design, supply and install a set of 12 lifting jacks and two turntables for a three-road maintenance facility which has been built to expand GWR’s Exeter Olds View depot near St David’s station. The 15 tonne rail mounted ...

  • gb SWR Claire Mann
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    Claire Mann named South Western Railway Managing Director

    2020-12-03T11:34:00Z

    UK: Claire Mann has been appointed as the next Managing Director of South Western Railway, and will take up the post in early 2021. Mark Hopwood, currently Interim Managing Director of SWR, will return to his former role as Managing Director of Great Western Railway ...

  • Charlotte Man, David Laird, Sally Maile, Xander Shears, Natmaniel Atfield, Inaki Ruiz
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    UK railway news round-up

    2020-12-03T05:00:00Z

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

  • Northern’s final Pacer service ran on November 27, when unit 142 004, coupled to 150 225, left Kirkby at 15.36 and arrived at Manchester Victoria at 17.46
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    Northern runs its final Pacer

    2020-12-02T13:40:00Z

    UK: Following a temporary reprieve to provide additional capacity during the pandemic, Northern has operated its final passenger service with a Pacer diesel multiple-unit. Northern’s final Pacer service ran on November 27, when unit 142 004, coupled to 150 225, left Kirkby at 15.36 and ...