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Rail News February 2019

The vision of a smart, clean, green steel industry has come one step closer to fruition with the announcement of a new £35m initiative which will see steelmakers and universities work together on a seven-year research programme to transform the sector. The network – dubbed ‘SUSTAIN’ – has been hailed as a significant landmark, representing the first time that UK steel producers, representatives and supporters have coalesced behind a coordinated programme of research and advancement. It is also the largest ever single investment ... Read more

Rail News September 2018

Over 100 businesses in the East Midlands have won work on HS2 contracts so far according to HS2 Ltd, which is in the process of setting out its programme of skills and employment. HS2 Ltd says a whole generation of engineers, designers, architects and geologists will benefit from the construction of the new high speed railway as the project gears up to support 30,000 jobs and create opportunities for British businesses to upskill their workforce. As the programme moves to construction, the ... Read more

Rail Latest News – August 2018

Plans to bring rail services back to Darlaston and Willenhall after an absence of more than half a century have taken a major step forward. Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street announced today that seven acres of land in Cemetery Road, Darlaston had been secured – completing another piece of the land jigsaw required for the new station. The land has been sold by property developers and investors St Francis Group to the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). The new ... Read more

Rail News, May 2018

Network Rail has given Balfour Beatty an emergency repairs contract, worth up to £50m over the five-year term. The reactive building and civils contract was awarded through Network Rail’s route building and civils framework. Requires Balfour Beatty to take on rail infrastructure pairs and projects along the Great Western route, between London and Penzance, at short notice. To service the contract, starting in spring 2018, Balfour Beatty plans to open a new office in the Swindon area with a staff ... Read more

Rail News, March 2018

British Steel has secured a major German rail contract after enhancing its manufacturing capabilities with a seven-figure investment. The deal will see the company deliver around 20,000 tonnes of 120 metre rail a year to Deutsche Bahn, Europe’s largest purchaser of rail.   It comes after the company spent £1m enhancing its Scunthorpe Rail and Section Mill so It could manufacture this longer-length rail.  Before the investment, the longest rail British Steel could produce was 108 metres – a standard length in the ... Read more

Rail News, January 2018

   The University of Huddersfield’s Institute of Railway Research (IRR) has been announced as a Centre of Excellence for the new £90m UK Rail Research and innovation Network (UKRRIN).  This gives the go ahead for the university’s £30nn Centre of Excellence in Rolling Stock, within its Institute of Railway Research. The centre will develop the rolling stock of the future.   Within UKRRIN, the Institute of Railway Research’s task will be to develop a new generation of rolling stock that lasts longer, is more ... Read more

Rail News, November 2017

HS2 ltd, the company responsible for developing the UK’s new high-speed rail network, has announced that five manufacturers are in the running to build the 225mph trains that will run on the new high-speed rail network.   According to the firm, Alstom; Bombardier Transportation; Hitachi Rail Europe; Patentes Talgo S.L.U. and Siemens will all be invited to tender for a £2.75bn contract to design, build and maintain at least 54 trains for the new network.   Of the five companies in the running for the ... Read more

Rail News, November 2017

Leeds University is investing £10m in a new Institute for High Speed Rail that will focus on the design, manufacture and integration of high speed rail infrastructure.   Featuring a vehicle system test facility, the institute will be located close to the HS2 rolling stock depot to the east of Leeds, and will provide both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Areas of research will include foundations and track, traction systems, braking and energy harvesting, sensor technology and digital systems.   Working alongside the National College for ... Read more

Rail News, August 2017

William Cook Rail has won export orders that it said could be worth “millions of pounds” to supply critical components to a world leader in light rail systems.   The family-owned business will manufacture structural parts for bogies on Alstom’s range of Citadis Spirit light rail vehicles for service in Ottawa, Canada.   The complex and highly specified cast steel components will be precision engineered at the company’s new £15m rail plant in Leeds.   The Citadis Spirit vehicles are designed for high capacity transport of passengers ... Read more

Rail News, July 2017

The Department for Transport has unveiled plans for a £17.2 million new railway station in Warrington. It is among five new stations to be built across England and Wales as the Government invests more than £16m in schemes under the new stations fund.   The DfT will contribute £4.23m towards the new station Warrington West in Cheshire, which will have two platforms and a 268-space car park.   Other stations are being built as part of the project are at Horden Peterlee in County Durham, ... Read more
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