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HS2 Ltd awards contract worth £900 million

HS2 Ltd awards £900 million contracts

UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling today (15 November 2016) confirmed the majority of the preferred HS2 route from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds. He also announced that HS2 Ltd has awarded a £900 million contract to: Area South – CS JV (Costain Group Plc, Skanska Construction …

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UK: Frazer-Nash to study how cyber security can integrate into rail safety

The Department of Transport’s (DfT) Rail Group has appointed Frazer-Nash consultancy company to deliver a programme that will examine how security requirements might be integrated into the rail industry’s safety management regime. Business Manager, Tim Myall explains: “The rail industry currently uses a concept known as a ‘safety case’ to articulate …

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East Midlands rail freight intercharge approved

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British transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has granted planning permission to developer Roxhill (Kegworth) Limited to build a 6 million sq ft multi-purpose rail freight interchange and distribution centre, located north of East Midlands Airport in Leicestershire. The project includes: An intermodal freight terminal accommodating up to 16 trains per day and trains …

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First Siemens-built Thameslink train arrives in UK

Erster Zug von Siemens für Thameslink-Strecke in UK angekommen / First Siemens-built Thameslink train arrives in London

The first brand new Siemens-built Class 700 Desiro City train arrived in the United Kingdom (UK). The trains are set to transform passenger experience on the Thameslink rail routes when it rolls into action next year. Designed to provide much-needed extra capacity on the South-East’s busy commuter routes, the train …

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Britain’s railways now safest in Europe

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The Office of Rail and Road’s (ORR) annual safety report published today, welcomes the rail industry’s strong track record on improving safety and highlights the need for it to meet the challenges of growth and change. The report highlights that the trend in harm to passengers is down by a third …

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UK: Rail passenger journeys reached a record high of 1.65 bn in 2014-2015

The number of passenger journeys on franchised rail services in Great Britain reached 1.654 billion in 2014-15, according to the Passenger Rail Usage report published by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). This is the highest recorded figure since the series began in 2002-3 and an increase of 4.2% (67.3 million) …

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Free wi-fi on trains across England and Wales from 2017

Rail passengers will benefit from free wi-fi on trains across England and Wales from 2017, Rail Minister Claire Perry. Rail operators are being asked to set how they will meet the commitment to provide this important service for passengers. All train operators bidding for new franchises and direct award agreements …

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Alstom inaugurates a new bogie overhaul facility in Manchester

Alstom inaugurates a new bogie overhaul facility in Manchester

Alstom has inaugurated a new bogie overhaul facility in Manchester in the presence of Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council. The site which is 3,600 m²and counts 63 new employees is capable of overhauling up to 26 bogie sets every week. Based within Alstom’s traincare centre in Longsight, …

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CK Investments acquires UK rolling stock company Eversholt

3i Infrastructure plc announced it has agreed to sell its entire stake in Eversholt Rail Group , one of the three leading rail rolling stock companies in the UK, to CK Investments S.A R.L., a company jointly owned by Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Limited and Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited, (together, …

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UK: Prototype battery-powered train carries passengers for first time

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The first battery-powered train to run on Britain’s rail network in more than half a century carries its first passengers this week. This marks an important milestone in the project to demonstrate the viability of an eco-friendly battery-powered train for the twenty-first century. The new train contributes to Network Rail’s …

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