Italian open access operator NTV, Spanish national operator Renfe and Transdev of France have obtained pre-qualification questionnaire passports enabling them to express interest in franchise competitions without having to resubmit detailed technical information.

Southeastern has announced an enhanced compensation package for passengers stranded on trains during severe disruption at Lewisham on March 2. ‘We’ll be doubling Delay Repay for all passengers caught up in disruption from Tuesday to Friday last week, and for passengers stranded for 2 h or more on trains on Friday, we’ll be giving them £100 or double Delay Repay, whichever is greater‘, the company said.

Network Rail has announced the completion of work to connect the existing rail network with the Crossrail tunnels at the three portals at Pudding Mill Lane, Plumstead and Westbourne Park. Gidea Park sidings have also been upgraded to accommodate full-length Elizabeth Line trains, and signalling systems have been updated from Pudding Mill Lane to Shenfield.

Changes to bring the National Rail Conditions of Travel into line with the Consumer Rights Act are to be published on March 11.

Southeastern expects to complete the roll-out of free passenger wi-fi across its fleet by June.

Network Rail has awarded framework contracts for the delivery of training services to TrainsPeople, Sigtek, Setec, RT Training Solutions, RIFAA, QTS Group, Premier People Solutions, Pendersons, Morson Human Resources, Kielder Newport West, Intertrain, First Response Training & Consultancy Services, Fire Service College, Capital Safety Group (Northern Europe), C&C Training, Bridgeway Consulting, Boss Training, Alpha Training Safety Solutions and Iosh & Nebosh

The Automatic Route Setting capable version of the TREsim Simulator for the Birmingham Proof House workstation has been successfully delivered to the West Midlands Signalling Centre in Saltley, Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe announced on March 7. This will allow Network Rail to train signallers ahead of commissioning of the TREsa ARS for Proof House at the end of May.