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    Station Improvement Vision for Wales

    2019-09-23T05:00:00Z

    UK: Transport for Wales has announced a 15-year Station Improvement Vision covering 247 stations. The £194m programme includes free wi-fi and improved shelters, CCTV, cycle storage and passenger information. ‘Where possible’, TfW will provide retail opportunities for local businesses and support the development of community spaces. ...

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    Public Accounts Committee ‘unconvinced’ that arch sale was best value

    2019-09-20T05:00:00Z

    UK: The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has published its report into Network Rail’s £1·46bn sale of its commercial rental space portfolio in England and Wales – mainly railway arches – to The Arch Company on a 150-year leasehold basis. The report published on September ...

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    UK railway news round-up

    2019-08-22T05:00:00Z

    Network Rail has caught and moved 200 endangered white clawed crayfish as part of works to reinforce the 173-year-old Grade II listed Docker Garths viaduct on the West Coast Main Line in Cumbria. East Midlands franchisee Abellio and leasing company Eversholt Rail have awarded Bombardier Transportation a £133m ...

  • The terms of reference and timeline for an independently-led government review of whether and how to proceed with the High Speed 2 project have been published.
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    Review to consider whether and how to proceed with High Speed 2

    2019-08-21T11:14:35Z

    UK: The terms of reference and timeline for an independently-led government review of whether and how to proceed with the High Speed 2 project were published by Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps on August 21. The ‘independent, thorough and objective’ review is to be chaired by Douglas ...

  • Abellio has officially launched East Midlands Railway as the new operator of the East Midlands franchise.   More than £600m is to be spent on enhancements across the new East Midlands franchise.
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    East Midlands Railway announces three brands

    2019-08-21T09:00:00Z

    UK: Abellio officially launched East Midlands Railway as the new operator of the East Midlands franchise on August 19, the day after it formally took over from Stagecoach which had operated the services for 11 years under the East Midlands Trains brand. More than £600m is to be spent ...

  • A major enhancement of the principal east-west main line across northern England is being taken forward by NR alongside a major rolling stock renewal programme by operator TransPennine Express.
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    Consultation on trans-Pennine route modernisation

    2019-08-20T11:27:31Z

    UK: Network Rail is to begin public consultation this summer on plans to rebuild and electrify a 13 km section of the trans-Pennine corridor between Manchester and York via Leeds. The plans form part of the infrastructure manager’s £2·9bn Transpennine Upgrade programme, which is intended to modernise the ...

  • The Official Receiver has named Ataer Holdings as preferred bidder for the British Steel business.
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    Ataer Holdings named preferred bidder for British Steel

    2019-08-16T11:13:34Z

    BRITISH STEEL: The Official Receiver named Ataer Holdings as preferred bidder for the whole of the British Steel business on August 16. Heads of agreement have been signed, triggering a two months of exclusive talks and detailed due diligence ahead of the planned sale of the Scunthorpe-based steel maker and ...

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    UK railway news round-up

    2019-08-15T05:00:00Z

    Northern officially retired the first of its Class 142 Pacer DMUs on August 12. A further six will be put into storage but remain available for use ‘if required’ for special events and during the autumn low adhesion season. ‘They will be maintained and looked after, but the intention is ...

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    Trenitalia UK

    2019-08-14T14:05:00Z

    Trenitalia , a subsidiary of Italian state railway group FS, acquired the c2c franchise from National Express Group in February 2017. On August 14, 2019 in partnership with First Group , Trenitalia was announced as winner of the West Coast Partnership , covering inter-city services from London to ...

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    First Trenitalia awarded West Coast Partnership

    2019-08-14T08:39:00Z

    UK: The consortium of FirstGroup (70%) and Trenitalia (30%) has been selected for the West Coast Partnership franchise to operate intercity services on the West Coast Main Line and the first phase of High Speed 2, the Department for Transport announced on August 14. Final award is ...

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    Snowdon Mountain Railway orders battery-diesel locos

    2019-08-13T11:37:00Z

    UK: Snowdon Mountain Railway has ordered two battery-diesel hybrid locomotives from Clayton Equipment Ltd, which specialises in the production of bespoke designs for specialist railway, metro, mining and tunnelling applications. The 800 mm gauge railway runs steam and diesel locos up the highest mountain in Wales ...

  • Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure & Connectivity Michael Matheson (centre) and MSP Jenny Gilruth joined local campaigners for the announcement in Levenmouth.
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    Levenmouth reopening moves forward

    2019-08-08T15:27:25Z

    UK: The Scottish Government has given the go-ahead for detailed design work to support the proposed reopening of the 6·5 km railway serving Levenmouth at an estimated cost of £70m, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure & Connectivity Michael Matheson confirmed on August 8. The rail link had been identified ...

  • The Rail Delivery Group will cease to be a member of the Eurail Group of railway companies with effect from January 1 2020.
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    UK in Interrail and Eurail ticketing dispute

    2019-08-07T14:06:46Z

    UK: The Rail Delivery Group will cease to be a member of the Eurail Group of railway companies with effect from January 1 2020, ending the ability of visitors to Great Britain to use the Interrail and Eurail pass schemes. RDG offers its own its range of BritRail passes. ...

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    South Eastern franchise competition cancelled pending Rail Review

    2019-08-07T11:18:13Z

    UK: The Department for Transport terminated the competition for the next South Eastern franchise on August 7, saying it had ‘significant concerns’ that continuing with the process ‘would lead to additional costs incurred to the taxpayer, with no certainty that this would deliver envisaged benefits for passengers in a timely ...

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    Azuma launches on Flying Scotsman

    2019-08-01T08:00:00Z

    UK: East Coast Main Line operator LNER launched its Hitachi-built Class 800 Azuma trainsets on Anglo-Scottish services on August 1, deploying one of the electro-diesel units on its flagship 05.40 Flying Scotsman service from Edinburgh to London King’s Cross and the 17.30 return working. Class 800s have been ...

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    UK railway news round-up - August 1

    2019-08-01T05:00:00Z

    On July 25 TransPennine Express accepted the first of the Nova 2 branded Civity EMUs which are being supplied by CAF and Eversholt Rail. The five-car Class 397 units will enter service later this year on TPE’s services from Manchester and Liverpool to Edinburgh and Glasgow via the West ...

  • Nine recommendations are set out in a review of the Rail North Partnership between the Department for Transport and Transport for the North which manages the Northern and TransPennine Express passenger franchises.
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    Nine recommendations for rail in northern England

    2019-07-31T09:00:00Z

    Nine recommendations are set out in a review of the Rail North Partnership between the Department for Transport and Transport for the North which manages the Northern and TransPennine Express passenger franchises. UK: Nine recommendations are set out in a review of the Rail North Partnership ...

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    Abellio orders East Midlands inter-city fleet

    2019-07-30T14:13:52Z

    UK: Hitachi Rail has been selected to supply a fleet of 200 km/h inter-city trains to operate on the Midland Main Line, as part of the new East Midlands Railway franchise, where Abellio is due to take over from incumbent operator Stagecoach on August 18. The NS subsidiary announced ...

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    Stadler bimodes enter service at Greater Anglia

    2019-07-29T13:52:56Z

    UK: The first of 38 three- and four-car electro-diesel multiple-units being supplied by Stadler to operate regional services in East Anglia began revenue operation on Abellio's Greater Anglia routes from Norwich to Lowestoft and Yarmouth on July 29. The first Stadler multiple-units to operate in the UK, the Class ...

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    Accessible travel policy guidance updated

    2019-07-27T05:00:00Z

    UK: The Office of Rail & Road has published updated guidance designed to enable train and station operators to provide older and disabled people with greater confidence when travelling by rail. The Accessible Travel Policy replaces ORR’s Disabled Persons’ Protection Policy and broadens its scope. Updated requirements include: ...