Japanese company begins manufacturing ‘world’s longest rails’

A Japanese steel works has completed an upgrade of its facilities which will allow it to manufacture and ship 150-metre length rails. Described by Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation[...]
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UK passengers footing more of the bill as rail subsidy falls

Passengers covered almost 60 per cent of the UK rail network’s costs between 2012-13. New figures from the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) show that between 2012-13 fare income rose[...]
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Abellio holds on to Greater Anglia franchise until 2016

Abellio Greater Anglia is to continue operating services until October 2016 after agreeing to extend the current franchise. Announcing the agreement with the Department for Transport (DfT), Abellio outlined a[...]
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Financial close for Intercity Express Programme

The UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) and Agility Trains have announced that they have reached financial close for phase two of the £5.7 billion Intercity Express Programme (IEP). The consortium[...]
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Rail Live 2014

Last year Network Rail, the Rail Alliance and Rail Media Group, hosted the first National Track Plant Exhibition at Long Marston. Hailed as a great success, over 22 companies from the supply chain exhibited products and services to 3,700 attendees. The show raised nearly £30,000 for the Railway Children and Action for Children. Following encouraging feedback […]
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Moving into CP5

April 2014 signalled the start of Control Period 5 (CP5). Over the next five years Network Rail will spend £38 billion maintaining, renewing and enhancing Britain’s rail network. So what can we expect to see by 2019? Headline figures circulated by Network Rail include 170,000 extra peak-time seats for commuters, the renewal of over 4,000 […]
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High-speed rail link between Hong Kong and China delayed

Construction of a new high-speed rail link between Hong-Kong and China has been delayed by nine months after one the project’s tunnel boring machines (TBMs) was “severely” damaged by flood[...]
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Funding earmarked for Port of Gdansk rail upgrade

Polish infrastructure manager PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe has signed a contract worth around 1.8 million zł to carry out a feasibility study into proposed improvements to rail infrastructure surrounding the Port of[...]
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Train operators apply for space on Swedish network

Twenty passenger train operators and 16 freight operators have submitted track access applications to Sweden’s state infrastructure manager, Trafikverket. The design process will now begin for the 2015 timetable, which is[...]
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Contactless payment installed across Merseyrail network

Contactless payment has been rolled out across all 63 Merseyrail stations as the operator seeks to improve its ticketing services. The technology, which has been developed by Fujitsu and Ingenico, allows passengers[...]
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CBE for Anton Valk

Anton Valk, former chief executive of Abellio UK, was appointed CBE earlier this year. Mr Valk received the honour in the Hague from the Queen’s representative Sir Geoffrey Adams, Her Majesty’s ambassador to the Netherlands. The award recognises the powerful contribution made by Mr Valk to Anglo-Dutch relations and the good work of Abellio in […]
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Copenhagen Metro to replace overly sensitive safety system

Copenhagen Metro is to replace a highly sensitive safety system in the hope that it can reduce disruption on the network. Between now and 2015, the existing Obstacle Detection System[...]
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