ScotRail has appointed Luddon Construction as contractor for a £5m upgrade of Stirling station which includes the development of active travel links and a reduction in traffic around the station. Work is due to begin in June for completion in April 2023, with funding from the Scottish government, Stirling Council, Network Rail Scotland and Serco.

Translink has awarded Arcadis Consulting and Ricardo Rail framework contracts to provide Common Safety Method and Interoperability services, including Accredited Notified Body, Designated Body and Assessment Body services ‘or future iterations of these roles’, according to UK and EU requirements.

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Network Rail has issued a prior information notice to begin the process of appointing a main contractor to build the Forth Bridge Experience visitor reception centre. A contract is expected to be awarded by the end of 2022 with work on-site commencing in 2023.

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Heathrow Express has launched an onboard entertainment platform supplied by Gold Key Media. This provided passengers with free access a variety of newspapers and magazines, replacing the physical publications that were previously made available.

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Atkins has completed the 1 000th station accessibly audit, at Oban, eight months into a programme to audit all 2 500+ stations over two years to help plan future investment in accessible as part of the government’s National Disability Strategy. Atkins is being supported by ABB, K2Fly, Goss Consultancy, You.Smart.Thing., Crayside Consulting, 1st Horizon and CPC.

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GB Railfreight has named a Class 66 locomotive ‘Слава Україні Glory to Ukraine’, saying ‘GBRf stands with Ukraine and this newly painted locomotive honours the people affected by the conflict as they continue to courageously defend their homeland’.

LNER has awarded Xalient Holdings a contract to replace its LAN, WAN and station wi-fi infrastructure.

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Transport for Wales has acquired bilingual travel information provider PTI Cymru Ltd, with the aim of creating an integrated transport information centre. TfW has also formed an Integrated Transport Advisory Panel to support its work to integrate information, ticketing and infrastructure across Wales.

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Eurostar has re-joined the Business Travel Association as a Premier Partner. ‘The BTA has been vocal about the necessity of re-opening business travel globally’, said Thierry Cella-Kreutzer, Senior Lead Manager, Business Sales at Eurostar. ‘Re-joining as a member will help us to campaign for wider recognition of business travel’s importance.’

The Department for Transport has announced £32m of funding to install netting and fencing to keep storm debris off the railway at Dawlish