The government has approved £13·9m from the Towns Fund scheme towards plans for a new station, business park and improved walking and cycling routes in Cheadle. The station will have a single 100 m long platform with covered waiting facilities, ticket machines and live information, as well as covered parking for cycles, electric vehicle charging points and provision for disabled users. Completion is planned by 2025.
Network Rail has awarded SPX Flow Technology a £92m+VAT contract to supply Clamplocks, Inbearer Clamplocks and associated items which form part of turnout operating systems.
Environmental services contractor Adler & Allan has obtained RISQS certification following an audit of its practices and procedures. This covers categories including emergency response, fuel, tanks, drainage, electrical, environmental consultancy and waste.
July 16 was the last day of scheduled operation of Greater Anglia’s Class 317 EMUs, with withdrawal planned by the end of the month. They have been replaced by Alstom Class 720 units.
Leeds-based Servo Group which provides labour for rail and other sectors has appointed Andy Haynes as Divisional Director for the south, and has opened an office space at Highams Park in London for its southern contracts which include the provision of welfare officers for Network Rail.
Mike Hulme (Alstom), Nick Andrew (CWE), Will Rogers (Managing Director of East Midlands Railway), Chris Wright (Keolis Nottingham Trams) and Tom Meacock (SNC Lavalin Atkins) have been elected to the Rail Forum board. Paul Robinson has retired as Chair, and is succeeded by Rogers.
The Railway Industry Association and Women in Rail have published the first annual report for their joint EDI Charter for Rail, setting out examples of good practice from more than 20 organisations including DfT, British Transport Police, Network Rail, Scotrail, TfL, Atkins, Costain, Keltbray, Nichols, Siemens Mobility, Worldline and WSP.