RailAdvent https://www.railadvent.co.uk All the latest Railway News from around the UK, covering heritage and mainline train companies. Plus Video clips, photos and more. We also have an event calendar of upcoming events at heritage railways. Thu, 09 Jul 2020 15:39:29 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 Telford Steam Railway welcome ‘Pacer’ No. 144013 – milestone in ambition to extend to Ironbridge https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/telford-steam-railway-welcome-pacer-no-144013-milestone-in-ambition-to-extend-to-ironbridge.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/telford-steam-railway-welcome-pacer-no-144013-milestone-in-ambition-to-extend-to-ironbridge.html#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2020 16:07:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=59789&preview=true The Telford Steam Railway has announced that this week, a milestone was reached in the history of the railway.]]>

The Telford Steam Railway has announced that this week, a milestone was reached in the history of the railway with the arrival of a Pacer.

On Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd July 2020, the railway took delivery of DMU 144013.

The Pacer has arrived at the railway after a working life on the mainline network with Northern and Porterbrook.

The 144s were built in 1986 – 1987 by British Rail Engineering Ltd and Walter Alexander at Derby Litchurch Lane Works.

144013 was last given a full overhaul in 2010 and a partial refurbishment in 2017.

144013 arrives at the Telford Steam Railway
Credit: Telford Steam Railway

Apart from a good clean, and some minor exterior blistering on the bodywork and an exterior repaint, the unit is ready for passenger service.

The Telford Steam Railway purchased the set to push ahead with their ambition to return train services to the Ironbridge Gorge.

144013 is ideal to operate services that are not suited to steam haulage, and also provides great views for passengers.

It is not yet confirmed when 144013 will enter service; this will be announced in due course.

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RMT urges Government to support Eurostar with ‘matter of urgency’ https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/rmt-urges-government-to-support-eurostar-with-matter-of-urgency.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/rmt-urges-government-to-support-eurostar-with-matter-of-urgency.html#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2020 15:15:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=59830&preview=true Rail union, RMT, has demanded that the UK Government supports train operator Eurostar to protect jobs and train services as the operator announces cuts.]]>

Rail union, RMT, has demanded that the UK Government supports train operator Eurostar to protect jobs and train services as the operator announces cuts.

The announcement of cuts come in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis and amount to a 20% reduction in costs, with an impact on jobs and train services.

RMT has entered talks with the objective of protecting jobs across the Eurostar operation.

The rail union however, has warned that the planned cuts, along with proposals to decimate ferry jobs, would hit Kent, and stations at Ebbsfleet and Ashford hard, and the union has called on Grant Shapps to intervene with a matter of urgency.

RMT Senior Assistant General Secretary, Mick Lynch said; “RMT is demanding Government support to protect Eurostar jobs and services from the fall out of the COVID-19 pandemic and to recognise the long term importance to the British economy of these cross-channel transport services as we look to the future. Short-term cuts would have dire long-term consequences.

“The Eurostar announcement mirrors similar cuts plans coming out of the ferry sector and would have particularly serious implications for the economy of Kent.

“RMT will be seeking urgent talks with the Government to stop this cull of jobs and services which would leave Britain ill-equipped to kick-start the economy with cross-channel tourism and trade.”

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Steam locomotive 60163 Tornado heading through Skipton this Friday! https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/steam-locomotive-60163-tornado-heading-through-skipton-this-friday.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/steam-locomotive-60163-tornado-heading-through-skipton-this-friday.html#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 14:55:09 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk/?p=59924 Ex-LNER 'A1' No. 60163 'Tornado' will be in Skipton this Friday as it heads to Carnforth Steamtown.]]>

LNER steam locomotive ‘A1’ No. 60163 ‘Tornado’ will be in Skipton this Friday as it heads to Carnforth Steamtown.

This movement will get Tornado in position ready for the resuming of its railtour diary.

Departing York NRM at 10:35, the locomotive and its support coach will pass through York (10:51), Church Fenton (11:07), Woodlesford (11:55), Shipley (12:32), Keighley (12:41), Cononley (12:50), Skipton (12:56), Hellifield (13:10), Long Preston (13:54), Bentham (14:23), Carnforth (14:50) and Carnforth Steamtown at 15:35.

These above timings in brackets are approximate. Please click the links below, which tracks the train throughout the day to keep you up to date on when it will pass through your local station.

Please Note: This is a light engine movement and is subject to delay, change or cancellation to the timings above. Please use links below for up-to-date timings for 60163.

If you head out to see 60163 Tornado on its way from York through Skipton to Carnforth, then please follow all Government guidance regarding social distancing and pubic transport use. If you have any symptoms of coronavirus, give this movement a miss and follow isolation guidance.

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As always, please respect the dangers of the railway. Please do not trespass on the railway to see this iconic locomotive – stay to public access spots!

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Steam locomotive 9466 off to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/steam-locomotive-9466-off-to-the-ecclesbourne-valley-railway.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/steam-locomotive-9466-off-to-the-ecclesbourne-valley-railway.html#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2020 14:06:02 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk/?p=59934 The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway has announced that Ex-GWR Pannier tank No. 9466 will be visiting them in 2020.]]>

The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway has announced that Ex-GWR Pannier tank No. 9466 will be visiting them in 2020.

The locomotive will bring a return of steam services towards the end of the 2020 season, with the locomotive continuing to operate at the EVR throughout the 2021 season.

9466 was on loan to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, however, due to the coronavirus pandemic, this loan period has been cut short.

GWR 9466 visits the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway thanks to its owners, JJP Holdings South West Ltd.

9466 cleaned ready to leave the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
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Michael Evans, Managing Director of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, told RailAdvent: “We are delighted to be given the opportunity to operate such a popular and reliable locomotive on our line. We have had several successful hires over the previous few years and were disappointed that this year’s plans couldn’t come to fruition due to the Coronavirus pandemic but we are now really excited to be looking forward to seeing steam down the valley once again.”

Jonathan Jones Pratt, 9466’s owner, told RailAdvent: “We are equally pleased to share this good news, it appears to have gone down well already and we are proud to be able to support the EVR with 9466. We are looking forward to working with the Railway and I am sure that our 94 will go down very well with the crews and passengers! It’s nice to see that the movement is beginning to recover in 2020 and beyond of which we are glad to play a small in this for the Railway. ”

About 9466

One of the last designs produced for the GWR by Hawksworth. The class first appeared in 1947, just before the GWR became the Western Region under British Railways.

9466 was built by Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns in 1951, with the engine being allocated to Worcester (85A) in early 1952.

The class was unfortunate in that diesel shunters were increasing in number, starting to replace the 94XXs from the late 1950s onwards. 9466 lasted until Summer 1964, where the engine was withdrawn and sold to Barry Scrapyard.

Saved from Barry in 1977, 9466 returned to steam at Quainton Road Railway Centre in the Mid 1980s. Throughout preservation, 9466 has run on both mainline and preserved lines. The tank currently wears BR Unlined Black with Early Crest.

This is a breaking news item and will be updated when more information is available.

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Avanti West Coast launch ‘Tales From The Tracks’ drivers eye view video series https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/avanti-west-coast-launch-tales-from-the-tracks-drivers-eye-view-video-series.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/avanti-west-coast-launch-tales-from-the-tracks-drivers-eye-view-video-series.html#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 12:41:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=59777&preview=true A new video series has been released by Avanti West Coast to give an insight into the West Coast Main Line from the train cab.]]>

A new video series has been released by Avanti West Coast to give an insight into the West Coast Main Line from the train cab.

Tales from the Tracks was recording during lockdown and shows the West Coast Main Line from a Pendolino cab.

Using mounted cameras, the series guides viewers with commentary from experienced Avanti West Coast drivers who discuss points of view along the way.

With over 50 years of driving experience between them, Darran and Dave provide interesting facts about the WCML, from The Great Train Robbery in 1964 to the accounts of the 2am journeys with 360-degree views.

Darran and Dave also recall the 1937 record-breaking steam engine journey which accidentally broke the speed limit just outside Crewe with a speed of 114mph.

Dave is a Driver based out of Manchester Piccadilly and his sister and two sons also work for Avanti West Coast.

The train featured in the video, 390001, departed London Euston on the 12:10 pm service and took four hours and 55 minutes to complete the journey at an average speed of 82mph.

Speaking about filming the footage, Dave said: “I’m so proud to say I’m a train driver. I really couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else,

“It’s a real privilege to have been able to chat with Darran and share some insight in what it’s like to drive high speed trains. There can’t be many better office windows.”

The series is available to watch on Avanti West Coast’s website by clicking here.

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Coronavirus: Which heritage railways are reopening? – Thursday 9th July 2020 https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/coronavirus-which-heritage-railways-are-reopening-thursday-9th-july-2020.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/coronavirus-which-heritage-railways-are-reopening-thursday-9th-july-2020.html#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 12:24:40 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk/?p=59886 As coronavirus guidelines begin to be eased following the announcement by Boris Johnson on the 23rd June 2020. Many railways are announcing when they can begin running trains again.]]>

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As coronavirus guidelines begin to be eased following the announcement by Boris Johnson on the 23rd June 2020. Many railways are announcing when they can begin running trains again.

With so many railways around Britain, we thought it would be useful to have one page with dates for when the railways are reopening, and if there are any specific comments regarding their reopening.

COVID-19 is still a fast-moving pandemic, and this information is changing all the time, please contact the relevant railway before travelling to get confirmation.

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If you can’t head out to the individual railways, then why not help them through their COVID appeals, it has been a difficult year for these railways, and they need our help to survive!

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New £14m rail facility opened in Doncaster https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/new-14m-rail-facility-opened-in-doncaster.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/new-14m-rail-facility-opened-in-doncaster.html#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2020 11:14:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=59779&preview=true Network Rail has opened a £14 million depot in Doncaster this week, bringing skill teams across the borough together.]]>

Network Rail has opened a £14 million depot in Doncaster this week, bringing skill teams across the borough together.

It will also help boost the local economy in Doncaster, which is famous for its railway history – being the birthplace of both Mallard and Flying Scotsman amongst others.

Work began to expand the Marshgate site in 2015. Now, almost 600 workers will be based at the facility, which means more teams can work collaboratively on projects.

Work was completed in July 2019 after working in partnership with Doncaster Council and Sheffield City Region to strengthen and heighten Friarsgate Road bridge as part of the project.

Speaking as he opened the facility, named Mallard House after the famous steam locomotive, Andrew Haines, Chief Executive of Network Rail said: “As an industry, we have a lot to do as we support people returning to the railway after COVID. But we have a fantastic history in Doncaster as one of the archetypal railway towns, and we have a fantastic history in the name of Mallard.

“I genuinely believe that with the quality of the people we have here and these new facilities to support them, we have a fantastic future as well.”

Rob McIntosh, Managing Director for Network Rail’s Eastern Region, said: “It was important for us to develop this modern £14million depot in Doncaster to celebrate the strong railway history in the town.

“Doncaster is already home to the Flying Scotsman and the National College for High Speed Rail, and this state-of-the-art facility at Marshgate will enhance both the vital work that our teams are doing in the area and the future of the railway.

“It will bring workers from depots across the area together so that they can work collaboratively to maintain and improve the railway in the region.”

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Hull Trains reports success in latest rail passenger survey https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/hull-trains-reports-success-in-latest-rail-passenger-survey.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/hull-trains-reports-success-in-latest-rail-passenger-survey.html#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 10:41:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=59081&preview=true A report by Transport Focus has named Hull Trains as one of the best train operators in the UK.]]>

A report by Transport Focus has named Hull Trains as one of the best train operators in the UK.

The operator has scored a 92% satisfaction rating in the latest round of the National Rail Passenger Survey; for comparison, the UK average is 84%.

Areas in which Hull Trains scored well was staff attitude and cleanliness of trains.

Louise Cheeseman, managing director for Hull Trains, said the results highlighted the importance of open access operators in driving improvements within the rail industry. “The outcome of this survey demonstrates the vital role open access operators play in the rail industry,” she said.

“Sadly, under the current circumstances we haven’t been able to run any services but we are still incredibly proud of these scores which have given the team a real boost whilst we plan a cautious and considered return.” The report lists Hull Trains as the second-best, long-distance operator in the country, scoring particularly well in the following areas:

• Helpfulness and attitude of staff on the train: Hull Trains 93%, UK long-distance average 83%
• Levels of cleanliness inside the train: Hull Trains 91%, UK long-distance average 81%
• Toilet facilities: Hull Trains 80%, UK long-distance average 63%

Hull Trains 802 arrives into Hull
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“These scores are compiled from customer feedback, so it really means a lot that our staff have been commended for their attitude.

“As the UK eases out of lockdown, we continue to monitor customer demand to assess when it is the right time to return. This involves a considerable amount of planning and preparation which we are working through.

“A safe and sustainable service is what the people of Hull and the wider region deserve; I look forward to sharing some positive news about a return date as soon as we can.”

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Peckham Rye accessibility upgrade moves closer thanks to £1m grant https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/peckham-rye-accessibility-upgrade-moves-closer-thanks-to-1m-grant.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/peckham-rye-accessibility-upgrade-moves-closer-thanks-to-1m-grant.html#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 10:01:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=59078&preview=true Improvements for passengers using Peckham Rye have moved a step closer this week thanks to Network Rail receiving £1m from the Department for Transport to develop designs for a more accessible station.]]>

Improvements for passengers using Peckham Rye have moved a step closer this week thanks to Network Rail receiving £1m from the Department for Transport to develop designs for a more accessible station.

Currently, Peckham Rye is the busiest interchange station in the country without step-free access to platforms or accessible facilities for passengers.

Network Rail aims to provide new lifts at the station, making all platforms accessible for parents with buggies, people with shopping and those with mobility issues.

Andrew Wood, Lead Development Manager, Network Rail, said: “Peckham Rye station is the busiest interchange station in the country without lifts, making it difficult for some passengers to use the station. Passenger numbers today have outgrown the original design, platforms and passageways being too narrow, leading to overcrowding at peaks times.

“We want to make the station accessible to all passengers, improve the overall journey experience, make the station safer and provide capacity for long-term growth.

“We are committed to working closely with train operators, rail passengers, Southwark Council, the Arch Company and the local community to take these proposals forward. Over the next 15 months we will be holding online workshops to involve interested parties in crafting the designs.”

Paul Best, Govia Thameslink Railway’s Senior Project Manager, said: “Having worked with Network Rail and the local community for over a year since Peckham Rye was designated a priority station for capacity, accessibility and safety improvements, we are delighted that the funding to design a development scheme has been signed off.

“The transformation envisaged will make this important station fit for 21st century travel, with huge benefits for everyone who uses it, and especially our passengers with mobility difficulties.”

Southeastern’s Passenger Services Director David Wornham said: “We’re always wanting to do more for our passengers and work with Network Rail to improve the facilities at our stations and make them as accessible as possible. Peckham Rye will become much easier to use for all of our passengers as a result of this work.”

Cllr Johnson Situ, Cabinet Member for Growth, Development and Planning, said: “As work begins on the Peckham Station Square, it is good to know that this will be complemented by these much-needed improvements to the station. Together the works will create a welcoming new gateway to the town, which is already becoming a popular destination for people looking for its fantastic cultural and social offers.”

Cllr Richard Livingstone, Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and the Climate Emergency, said: “This is great news for Peckham. These improvements have been desperately needed for many years and so it is good to hear Network Rail is now committing funding to this busy station, especially as we continue to look at more sustainable transport to improve air quality across the borough.”

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Eurostar resumes operation of trains with revised tickets and trains  https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/eurostar-resumes-operation-of-trains-with-revised-tickets-and-trains.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/eurostar-resumes-operation-of-trains-with-revised-tickets-and-trains.html#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 09:27:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=59022&preview=true Eurostar has confirmed that some of their trains will start running again soon, with changes to tickets to increase flexibility with bookings.]]>

Eurostar has confirmed that some of their trains will start running again soon, with changes to tickets to increase flexibility with bookings.

All tickets booked between Wednesday 1st of July and Thursday 31 of December 2020 will come with no fee exchange up to 14 days before travel.

Full details can be found on Eurostar’s website, along with options for people already booked with Eurostar.

Social distancing and other safety measures will be implemented across all trains to ensure passenger safety while travelling.

Anyone considering travelling to or across Europe around Christmas will be pleased to know tickets are now on sale for trains up until Sunday 31th of January 2021.

Starting from Thursday 9th of July, one service a day will run between London St Pancras International Station to both Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

Services running to Marne-la-Vallée for visiting Disneyland Paris will resume from Sunday 2nd of August 2020.

For more information or to book your tickets now, visit Eurostar’s website here.

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Improved battery powered trains to come following new Hitachi Rail and Hyperdrive partnership https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/improved-battery-powered-trains-to-come-following-new-hitachi-rail-and-hyperdrive-partnership.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/improved-battery-powered-trains-to-come-following-new-hitachi-rail-and-hyperdrive-partnership.html#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 08:46:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=59528&preview=true Hitachi Rail and Hyperdrive Innovation have announced a newly signed deal will see the firms lead the way in battery-powered trains across the UK.]]>

Hitachi Rail and Hyperdrive Innovation have announced a newly signed deal that will see the firms lead the way in battery-powered trains across the UK.

Both companies have experience in the development of battery-powered vehicles, with Hitachi introducing their own battery-powered trains in Japan in 2016 and Hyperdrive’s work in developing batteries for Nissan electric cars such as the Nissan Leaf.

Using this knowledge, the facilities and teams, they will now work together to improve the quality of battery-powered trains operating on UK tracks.

Currently, only 42% of the UK’s rail network is electrified, with a big drive to reduce CO2 and other harmful emissions produced from using trains powered by diesel, battery-powered vehicles have become one of the best methods to phase out fossil fuel-powered trains.

Development work will be carried out in the UK, at Hitachi’s site in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham and Hyperdrive’s HYVE facility in Sunderland.

Hitachi manufacturing site at Newton Aycliffe
Credit: Hitachi Rail

 

At the start of their agreement and joint project, 275 Hitachi trains currently in use around the UK’s rail network have been highlighted as potential engines to be upgraded in future.

The project has major benefits for the UK as a whole, before production of the batteries can start, hundreds of staff will need to be recruited, plus providing many more jobs in companies associated with the project.

Passengers will travel on quieter and cleaner trains, as there will be no combustion engine outputting noise and emissions. Where overhead electrification cannot be installed or currently not planned, the lines may receive battery-powered units instead.

Group CEO for Hitachi Andrew Barr said: “Battery trains can play a vital role in improving the air we breathe, tackling climate change and providing modern, high performing rail service – all things we know passengers want to see.

Hitachi Rail announce new partnership with Hyperdrive
Credit: Hitachi Rail

The partnership with Hyperdrive creates shovel-ready opportunity for new battery trains to be ordered now. As well as new trains, this is also a window of opportunity to cut carbon and supercharge a green recovery in the North East and across the UK.”

Hyperdrive Innovation CEO Chris Pennison said: “We’re delighted to bring our expertise and experience as a trusted electrification partner to a new industry, assisting an innovative organisation like Hitachi, as it modernises and decarbonises UK rail networks.

“Our partnership with Hitachi will secure major investment and jobs in the North East, reinforcing the UK’s battery supply chain and keeping the country on track to reach net-zero by 2050.”

Hitachi Rail announce new partnership with Hyperdrive
Credit: Hitachi Rail

To date, only 42% of UK railways are electrified, with British trains using 469 million litres of diesel each year, emitting over 2.4 million tonnes CO2 annually. The partnership underpins the vision that the rail industry can be a major contributor to the UK government’s target of net zero emissions by 2050 and strengthens the case for home-grown innovation to be at the forefront of the UK’s clean growth strategy.”

Business and Industry Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “It’s fantastic to see two innovative companies joining forces to create good quality manufacturing jobs across the North East.

An emission-free public transport system is vital if we’re to build a stronger, greener economic recovery that spreads prosperity and opportunity across the UK.”

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Five year Drax biomass contract for DB Cargo https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/five-year-drax-biomass-contract-for-db-cargo.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/five-year-drax-biomass-contract-for-db-cargo.html#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 07:57:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=58977&preview=true DB Cargo UK has signed a new five-year' hook and haul' contract to transport supplies to Drax.]]>

DB Cargo UK has signed a new five-year ‘hook and haul’ contract to transport biomass supplies to Drax.

The operator will operate an average of 60 trains a week from Iminngham and Hull ports to Drax Power Station in Selby, Yorkshire.

Each DB Cargo train will have around 1,650 tonnes of biomass which will be used for renewable power at the Drax power station.

By using biomass instead of coal, the power station at Drax has reduced emissions by over 80%. The power station supplies 12% of renewable energy for the UK.

Roger Neary, Head of Sales at DB Cargo UK, said: “We are delighted that Drax has chosen to extend our existing contract with them for another five years. We are proud of the important role our people continue to play in delivering an efficient and sustainable source of renewable energy for use here in the UK.”

Mike Maudsley, UK Portfolio Generation Director at Drax, said: “These rail deliveries are a critical part of our global supply chain for sustainable biomass that supports thousands of jobs and has delivered economic growth across the north of England, while supplying renewable electricity to millions of homes and businesses.

“We’re very pleased to extend our existing contract with DB Cargo UK for another five years and look forward to continuing to work with the team.”

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Maintenance work to reduce delays at Clapton begins this weekend https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/maintenance-work-to-reduce-delays-at-clapton-begins-this-weekend.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/maintenance-work-to-reduce-delays-at-clapton-begins-this-weekend.html#respond Wed, 08 Jul 2020 17:17:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=59634&preview=true Important track work is to be carried out between London Liverpool Street and Tottenham Hale and Chingford at weekends, and starts this weekend (11th July 2020).]]>

Important track work is to be carried out between London Liverpool Street and Tottenham Hale and Chingford at weekends and starts this weekend (11th July 2020).

Four points will be replaced where the track splits at Clapton between Tottenham Hale and Chingford.

Nearly half a mile of track will be replaced as part of the work.

Just like roads, track get worn from everyday use. Inspections and repairs are carried out, but over time the track needs a full replacement.

The work will increase reliability for passengers, meaning fewer delays and cancellations. The work will take place on weekends between 11th July to 2nd August.

Follow-up work will take place on Sundays 16 and 30 August. Additionally, a temporary speed restriction will be in place between 27th July and 3rd August, which will impact train services.

Maintenance, level crossing upgrades and drainage work will also take place on the Hertford East branch line on Sunday 5 and 26 July and Sunday 2 and 9 August affecting services between Broxbourne and Hertford East.

More work will take place between Stratford and Lea Bridge on Sunday 9th August, and West Anglia services will not call at Stratford.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, said: “It’s vital that we keep on top of our maintenance work to keep the tracks and equipment in good condition to avoid delays and cancellations. This essential work will help us run services safely and reliably for passengers.”

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, said: “These works are essential to improve the reliability of our railway. We will ensure that customers are still able to complete their journeys, whether it be by rail replacement bus or diverted train service. Journeys may take longer than usual. Full details of alternative travel arrangements are available on the Greater Anglia website and app.”

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Purchase a Class 121 Model to Support the Overhaul of a Full Sized one https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/purchase-a-class-121-model-to-support-the-overhaul-of-a-full-sized-one.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/purchase-a-class-121-model-to-support-the-overhaul-of-a-full-sized-one.html#respond Wed, 08 Jul 2020 12:43:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=58878&preview=true The Railway Preservation Society Ireland (RSPI) has announced a model of their own engine Class 121 No.B134 will be released later this year, with a percentage of sales being donated towards the upkeep of full-size B134.]]>

The Railway Preservation Society Ireland (RSPI) has announced a model of their own engine Class 121 No.B134 will be released later this year, with a percentage of sales being donated towards the upkeep of full-size B134.

This deal comes thanks to Paddy Murphy of Murphy Models, who will produce this high quality and accurate model, which will carry the same livery as B134, which is grey/yellow original livery.

Priced at €189.99 / £165 plus postage, each sale of the 300 limited edition models will provide much needed financial support to the RSPI in maintaining B134, especially with reduced income due to COVID-19.

Currently, at the pre-production stage, approval for full production is hoped to be given in the next few weeks, with a release date to be confirmed at a later date.

For full details on the model, please check the Railway Preservation Society Ireland’s website here.

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Beamish Museum needs urgent help – can you help in their Coronavirus Appeal? https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/beamish-museum-needs-urgent-help-can-you-help-in-their-coronavirus-appeal.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/beamish-museum-needs-urgent-help-can-you-help-in-their-coronavirus-appeal.html#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2020 11:37:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=59095&preview=true Beamish Museum has announced that they have launched an appeal to help with the issues surrounding coronavirus.]]>

Beamish Museum has announced that they have launched an appeal to help with the issues surrounding Coronavirus.

The museum is a charity that relies on visitors for 95% of its income, this includes ticket sales, catering and retail purchases.

Beamish is set to reopen on 23rd July, however, with no visitors since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this has had a major effect.

The museum, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is appealing for donations – these can be made by clicking here to visit their website.

 

Rhiannon Hiles, Beamish’s Deputy Director, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on the museum and we hope that people can help by making a donation – we’re incredibly grateful for any support people can give.

“As a charity, 95 per cent of our income is from visitors. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve had no visitors since March, through some of what would usually be our busiest months of the year, which has had a major impact.

“We’re extremely proud to have been a part of our region for the past 50 years and we are working hard on our plans to welcome visitors once again. We know these are difficult times for everyone but whatever people can do to help is hugely appreciated, it really does mean such a lot to us.”

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Alstom acquires Ibre to increase braking system skills https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/alstom-acquires-ibre-to-increase-braking-system-skills.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/alstom-acquires-ibre-to-increase-braking-system-skills.html#respond Wed, 08 Jul 2020 10:44:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=58967&preview=true Alstom has confirmed it has taken a step forward in the introduction of its Alstom in Motion (AiM) plan in France by acquiring Ibre, a company specialising in steel or cast iron brake discs for trains, trams and metros.]]>

Alstom has confirmed it has taken a step forward in the introduction of its Alstom in Motion (AiM) plan in France by acquiring Ibre, a company specialising in steel or cast iron brake discs for trains, trams and metros.

Alstom and Ibre already have a long working relationship on projects for SNCF.

With this acquisition, Alstom will reinforce its capabilities regarding railway braking systems.

Ibre employes 30 people at its Sens site in Bourgogne Franche Comté and had a turnover of €10 million (approx £8.9m) in 2019

“This acquisition represents very promising development potential for Ibre and its employees and is in line with Alstom’s strategy to extend its know-how,” says Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, Senior Vice President Alstom France.

Ibre products will be offered as original equipment and as part of maintenance contracts.

Following the purchase, the company has been renamed Alstom Ibre and is now a subsidiary of Alstom.

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Eridge station sees old footbridge removed in major work https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/eridge-station-sees-old-footbridge-removed-in-major-work.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/eridge-station-sees-old-footbridge-removed-in-major-work.html#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2020 09:53:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=59549&preview=true Important work to remove and rebuild a footbridge at Eridge Station took place last weekend.]]>

Important work to remove and rebuild a footbridge at Eridge Station took place last weekend.

The work was needed due to the age of the bridge, and to protect those using the bridge and the trains below.

Eridge station is served by Southern trains services via the Uckfield branch of the Oxted line. The existing staircases and bridge are to be replaced by a modern footbridge.

The platform canopies at Eridge station are also being refurbished to improve passenger experience for those commuting to London or visiting the Spa Valley Railway.

Eridge station footbridge being replaced
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Paul Harwood, regional investment director for Network Rail, said: “Construction of a new footbridge at Eridge is essential to maintain access across the railway between the lineside communities.

“The age and condition of the old bridge structure meant that continuing to maintain it was not an option as we have to maintain a safe access for the people who use the bridge and for the trains travelling below.

“The new bridge will be installed in two months’ time and deliver a safe and reliable walking route over the railway which will be of benefit for years to come.”

Angie Doll, Managing Director for Southern and Gatwick Express, said: “On behalf of our Eridge passengers, we welcome this major investment in modern safety and comfort standards, and we are delighted that Network Rail have made such good progress on the project. While we are encouraging people to follow Government advice around the use of public transport, we thank those who do currently have to use Eridge station for their patience during this vital work.”

Mark Dodd, Customer Service Manager at Spa Valley Railway said: “We are delighted to be working with Network Rail, BAM Nuttall and Govia Thameslink Railway on replacing the footbridge in Eridge. The new footbridge will be a significant improvement for our customers connecting from the mainline service. The level of detail in the project is very welcomed and I’m sure the finished product will be a much improved Eridge Station for everyone. Please check our website www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk for the latest information on our fundraising efforts during Covid-19.”

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South Devon Railway raises over £200,000 in SOS Appeal https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/south-devon-railway-raises-over-200000-in-sos-appeal.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/south-devon-railway-raises-over-200000-in-sos-appeal.html#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2020 08:35:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=58754&preview=true The South Devon Railway has announced that they have received over £200,000 in donations in their SOS appeal.]]>

The South Devon Railway has announced that they have received over £200,000 in donations to their SOS appeal.

The South Devon Railway launched the appeal in order to raise funds vital in ensuring the heritage railway can survive during these difficult times caused by COVID-19. You can see the video appeal here.

As of Monday 6th July 2020, £221,070.33 had been donated to the SDR, which the line is very appreciative of and will increase their survival chances.

Donations have been made in a number of ways,

  1. £102,882.25 – donations from the South Devon Railway members.
  2. £70,735.91 – donations from various SDR Groups and the SDRA.
  3. £33,872.15 – Virgin Money Giving
  4. £8,697.02 – Facebook Appeal
  5. £4,883.00 – PayPal donations

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Track renewal means better train journeys between Ipswich and Cambridge https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/track-renewal-means-better-train-journeys-between-ipswich-and-cambridge.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/track-renewal-means-better-train-journeys-between-ipswich-and-cambridge.html#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2020 07:45:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=59638&preview=true Rail passengers between Ipswich, Ely and Cambridge will benefit from a more reliable service thanks to a programme of track renewals which start on 18th July.]]>

Rail passengers between Ipswich, Ely and Cambridge will benefit from a more reliable service thanks to a programme of track renewals which start on 18th July.

Engineers will replace nearly four miles of track between Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds to improve reliability which will mean fewer delays and cancellations for passengers.

Tracks get worn out from constant use every day. Network Rail carries out inspections and repairs regularly but over time the track gets so worn that a full replacement is the only option to avoid temporary speed restrictions (TSRs) being put in place.

The work will take place on weekends from Saturday 18th July 2020 until Sunday 27th September with follow up work taking place on Sunday 4th October.

The work will affect train services between Stowmarket and Ely / Cambridge.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, said: “This work is a vital part of our maintenance programme to keep the track in top condition and reduce the number of delays and cancellations owing to track faults. This will improve reliability and maintain safety for our passengers.”

Travel information

Line affected Weekend Dates Travel Information
     
Ipswich to Ely / Cambridge via Bury St Edmunds Saturday 18 to Sunday 19 July Bus replacement between Stowmarket and Ely, and Stowmarket and Cambridge North
Saturday 25 to Sunday 26 July Bus replacement between Bury St Edmunds and Ely, and Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge North Sat and between Stowmarket and Ely, and Stowmarket and Cambridge North
Saturday 1 to Sunday 2 August Bus replacement between Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds
Sunday 9 August
Sunday 16 August Bus replacement between Ipswich and Ely, and Ipswich and Cambridge North
Sunday 23 August Bus replacement between Bury St Edmunds and Ely/ Cambridge North
Sunday 30 August Bus replacement between Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds
Saturday 5 to Sunday 6 September
Saturday 12 to Sunday 13 September Bus replacement between Ipswich and Stowmarket all day Sat. Bus replacement between Ipswich and Norwich/ Bury St Edmunds all day Sun
Saturday 19 to Sunday 20 September Bus between Ipswich and Norwich/ Bury St Edmunds all weekend
Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 September
Sunday 4 October
Line affected Weekend Dates Travel Information
Norwich to London

(Ipswich to Needham Market)

Sunday 30 August Bus between Ipswich and Norwich/ Bury St Edmunds
Saturday 5 to Sunday 6 September
Saturday 12 to Sunday 13 September Saturday: Bus replacement between Ipswich and Stowmarket all day.

Sunday: Bus replacement between Ipswich and Norwich/ Bury St Edmunds all day Sun

Saturday 19 to Sunday 20 September Bus between Ipswich and Norwich/ Bury St Edmunds all weekend
Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 September
Sunday 4 October

 

Passengers should check National Rail Enquiries for the latest information.

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£3m improvement work set to begin at Ipswich railway station https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/3m-improvement-work-set-to-begin-at-ipswich-railway-station.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/3m-improvement-work-set-to-begin-at-ipswich-railway-station.html#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2020 05:43:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=58892&preview=true A new shop and better toilet facilities are part of £3 million improvements planned for Ipswich railway station.]]>

A new shop and better toilet facilities are part of £3 million improvements planned for Ipswich railway station.

Work is set to start this month on the scheme, which will see the ticket office relocated, more ticket machines installed, a new shop space, and relocated toilets.

At the same time, the station will be rewired to provide modern lighting for passengers.

The work is the second and final phase of a project to improve the station for passengers.

Three years ago, Greater Anglia invested £2 million in improvements for the station, including a complete refurbishment of the existing foyer and ticket hall to create more space, a large airport-style waiting room was created as well as more seats with plug points for charging. Additional ticket machines were installed, and more shops including Starbucks and Greggs opened at the station.

Improvements to Ipswich station forecourt was also carried out in partnership with Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council with an improved layout, including better walking routes.

Simone Bailey, Greater Anglia’s Asset Management Director, said: “We’re pleased to be starting the final phase of work at Ipswich station.

“There will be minimal impact to customers while the work takes place. It is due to be completed next summer.

“Last year, around 3.5 million people used the station, so we’re pleased to improve facilities for customers who are currently travelling and those who will travel again in the future.”

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PLAN AHEAD: Hither Green railway lines set for nine day closure https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/plan-ahead-hither-green-railway-lines-set-for-nine-day-closure.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/plan-ahead-hither-green-railway-lines-set-for-nine-day-closure.html#respond Tue, 07 Jul 2020 16:06:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=59523&preview=true The Sidcup, Grove Park and Bromley North lines through Hither Green will close for nine days from Saturday 25th July 2020 to Sunday 2nd August 2020.]]>

The Sidcup, Grove Park and Bromley North lines through Hither Green will close for nine days from Saturday 25th July 2020 to Sunday 2nd August 2020.

The closure is due to Network Rail completing important signalling upgrades to improve reliability for passengers in South London.

Buses will replace trains between Lewisham, Sidcup and Orpington, while trains on other routes will be retimed or diverted.

Passengers are being advised to use alternative train services if at all possible over the nine days. Passengers who must travel on the line must plan ahead.

Passengers must also travel outside of peak times and must allow more time to travel as well as following government travel advice.

Fiona Taylor, route director, Kent said: “We know this is a tough ask of passengers who are already managing changes to their journeys and we haven’t taken the decision to close the lines lightly.

“The current signalling system, which controls the movement of trains on the lines through Hither Green, has been in place since the 1970s. It’s old, unreliable, and becoming more difficult to source spare parts and maintain.

“If we don’t upgrade now, it could lead to major delays and crowding for Southeastern passengers in future. That’s a risk we weren’t prepared to take.

“We are extremely grateful to people for their patience in these difficult times. When this vital upgrade is complete, it will provide a more reliable and resilient railway for passengers in South East London for decades to come.”

Southeastern train services director, Scott Brightwell said: “The equipment in this area is old and unreliable with some dating from the 1970’s; installing a modern signalling system is essential for improving journeys for our passengers. To aid those planning journeys throughout the works, we are providing a detailed station by station travel advice tool.

“We strongly advise customers to check this in advance as journeys on some routes are replaced with buses. Where buses replace trains, we expect journey times to be extended with queuing systems at busier times of day.“

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Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway purchase mineral wagons https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/somerset-and-dorset-joint-railway-purchase-mineral-wagons.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/somerset-and-dorset-joint-railway-purchase-mineral-wagons.html#respond Tue, 07 Jul 2020 14:30:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=58715&preview=true The Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust has announced that their newly acquired mineral wagons have arrived at Midsomer Norton Station.]]>

The Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust has announced that their newly acquired mineral wagons have arrived at Midsomer Norton Station.

The purchase of these two wagons marks a key milestone in recreating the Somerset & Dorset Railway (S&DR) at the Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust’s Midsomer Norton site, as these are the first bought to form a typical S&DR freight train.

A type believed not to have been seen at Midsomer Norton in over half a century, both wagons will need restoring before they can be used in freight trains.

Overhauling both wagons is estimated to cost £2,500, on top of the purchase and transportation costs, with donations towards this amount greatly appreciated by the Trust and its volunteers. To make a donation, please visit the Trust’s JustGiving page by clicking here.

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50 proposals submitted to reopen railway lines closed in the Beeching Cuts https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/50-proposals-submitted-to-reopen-railway-lines-closed-in-the-beeching-cuts.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/50-proposals-submitted-to-reopen-railway-lines-closed-in-the-beeching-cuts.html#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2020 13:31:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=58759&preview=true 50 bids to build or reopen lines and stations that were closed in the Beeching cuts have been received across England and Wales, Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris has announced.]]>

Fifty bids to build or reopen lines and stations that were closed in the Beeching cuts have been received across England and Wales, Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris has announced.

MPs and local authorities have made bids in the second round of Restoring Your Railway ‘Ideas Fund’ to develop proposals to reopen lines closed by Dr Richard Beeching from 1963.

The proposals will now be considered by an expert panel, which includes Chair of Network Rail, Sir Peter Hendy.

The proposals include reopening the line at Ferryhill, County Durham, restoring the Consett-Newcastle Connection, transforming the Newquay line, reopening Charfield station, and reinstate the Bodmin to Wadebridge railway.

Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: “Receiving so many bids once again underlines how passionate people are about reconnecting communities.”

“Local MPs, councillors and community leaders are the greatest champions of their local lines, and I look forward to working with them to ensure the projects with the greatest potential have the support they need.”

“Improving local transport links is vital as we level up access to opportunities across the country, reconnect communities and kickstart our recovery from Covid-19.”

As part of the fund, the government has also announced the third round of the New Stations Fund to invest £20m in new stations and restore closed stations to their former glory.

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Cavan and Leitrim Railway steam locomotive DROMAD on the move https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/cavan-and-leitrim-railway-steam-locomotive-dromad-on-the-move.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/cavan-and-leitrim-railway-steam-locomotive-dromad-on-the-move.html#respond Tue, 07 Jul 2020 12:27:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk/?p=59668 The Cavan and Leitrim Railway in Ireland have announced that Kerr Stuart steam locomotive DROMAD has moved ahead of restoration.]]>

The Cavan and Leitrim Railway in Ireland have announced that Kerr Stuart steam locomotive DROMAD has moved ahead of restoration.

The move took place last Saturday and saw DROMAD move from Duncan Milners Yard in Stoke to Cumbria for storage and restoration.

DROMAD, the first steam engine for the Cavan and Leitrim Railway and was built by Kerr Stuart in 1916 at their Stoke-on-Trent factory.

The locomotive is now possibly the first 3ft gauge steam locomotive in Cumbria since the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway was converted.

Dromad arrives at the Cavan and Leitrim Railway
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If you would like to support the Cavan and Leitrim Railway or to donate towards the restoration cost, then please visit the Cavan and Leitrim Railway website by clicking here.

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London to Middlesbrough trains? Mayor commits £22.5m to new improvement scheme https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/london-to-middlesbrough-trains-mayor-commits-22-5m-to-new-improvement-scheme.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/london-to-middlesbrough-trains-mayor-commits-22-5m-to-new-improvement-scheme.html#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2020 10:44:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=59091&preview=true Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor, has announced a £35m transformation of Middlesbrough station to improve the number of train services in the town, including the first direct link to London.]]>

Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor, has announced a £35m transformation of Middlesbrough station to improve the number of train services in the town, including the first direct link to London.

The Mayor has committed £22.5m to the scheme which will see a platform extension to facilitate more and longer trains.

The extended Platform 2 will house new LNER Azumas which Mayor Houchen is in discussions with the government-owned operator to restore daily services between Middlesbrough and London.

The scheme will also see improvements to the station, including a new £6.5m entrance, business units and the potential for a new platform 3 built to increase capacity at the station.

The scheme is a partnership between the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority, Network Rail, Middlesbrough Council and the Department for Transport, with support from train operators.

Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor, said: “For years people have talked about the need to develop this station to get new services but very little has actually been done, so I’m putting my money where my mouth is to deliver increased capacity at the station and help bring us the services the people of Middlesbrough and Teesside deserve. Increasing the frequency of services and train routes is a key part of my plan to for workers, local jobs and wages to restore our way of life once we’re through the pandemic.

“While we will also make major improvements in customer areas, including a modern and much more accessible front entrance, first and foremost this is about increasing the capacity of the station to accommodate more and longer trains.

“I have been leading very positive discussions with LNER and Network Rail to work with them and partners to introduce the first services between London and Middlesbrough in decades and, as they have told me, the increased station capacity is crucial to achieving this.

“Network Rail expects to start work to expand platform 2 in early 2021, and we’re hoping to get confirmation of a service to London in 2021 which would be a great boost for businesses and people in Middlesbrough.

“While there are lots of things to consider when planning the introduction of new services, including the supply of rolling stock, the impact of the recent pandemic and infrastructure upgrades across the rail network, I will make sure we play our part in encouraging the operators to bring new services to our region by getting the station ready as quickly as we can. Capacity is already stretched, and doing nothing is not an option.”

Matt Rice, Route Director for Network Rail’s North and East Route said: “We’ve been working for many months with Mayor Houchen and the other stakeholders involved at Middlesbrough to move forward the long-held aspiration to secure a direct-to-London train service without unduly impacting the services that already serve the town.

“New infrastructure is one part of the solution, and behind the scenes my team are putting together the plans that will see us start building the extension to platform 2 early next year as we start the journey of turning our stakeholders’ ambition to reality.”

The plans form part of an outline business case with preparation work expected to start in the autumn, and building work on site in early 2021.

Andy Preston, Middlesbrough Mayor, said: “I’m furious that there are no direct trains to London – this staggering gap in basic infrastructure is a symptom of major historic problems here. So thank God that this is finally being sorted. Well done Ben Houchen and everyone involved.

“Direct trains will boost our progress towards creating the UK’s digital city and countless jobs in the oldest part of Middlesbrough.”

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NEAR-MISS: Two trains nearly collide at Chalfont and Latimer station https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/near-miss-two-trains-nearly-collide-at-chalfont-and-latimer-station.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/near-miss-two-trains-nearly-collide-at-chalfont-and-latimer-station.html#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2020 10:10:07 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk/?p=59626 The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has launched an investigation after a near miss involving two trains at Chalfont & Latimer station.]]>

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has launched an investigation after a near-miss involving two trains at Chalfont & Latimer station.

At around 21:45 on 21st June 2020, a Chiltern Railways passenger train, which was travelling southbound on the Metropolitan line, passed a signal at danger without authority.

The signal was protecting a junction which had a route set for a northbound train to cross in front of the Chiltern Railways service – this train was waiting in Chalfont and Latimer station.

Passing the signal at red resulted in the emergency brakes being applied, with the southbound train stopped 310 metres beyond the signal.

Shortly after this application, the driver reset the brake equipment at the train continued towards Chalfont and Latimer station, which was around 620 metres away.

As a result of the position of the points at the junction, its route towards the station took it onto the northbound line. The northbound London Underground train was still stationary at Chalfont and Latimer station due to its signal changing to red as the Chiltern Railways service had passed a signal at danger.

The two trains stopped about 23 metres apart. There were no injuries reported, but some track equipment was damaged as the southbound train had proceeded through a route it wasn’t set for.

The RAIB investigation into the near-miss at Chalfont and Latimer will look at the sequence of events leading to the signal being passed at danger. It will also look at:

  1. The actions of the people involved
  2. Chiltern Railways’ arrangements regarding the training, competence and fitness of its train drivers
  3. Chiltern Railways’ management of risk
  4. How risk associated with signals passed at danger by non-London Underground trains is managed on the London Underground network
  5. Any relevant underlying factors

 

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West Somerset Railway raises £185,000 in coronavirus appeal https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/west-somerset-railway-raises-150000-in-coronavirus-appeal.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/west-somerset-railway-raises-150000-in-coronavirus-appeal.html#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2020 09:29:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=58757&preview=true The West Somerset Railway has told RailAdvent that the railway's emergency funding appeal is steaming towards £185,000.]]>

The West Somerset Railway has updated RailAdvent on the railway’s emergency funding appeal as they steam passed £185,000.

The current figures show that the appeal currently stands at £188,984.15, this is an increase in £4,150 in the last week.

The West Somerset Railway is trying to reach £500,000 as an estimate in what it is going to need to beat the COVID-19 impact.

West Somerset Railway PLC’s Emergency Appeal – £152,643.26

  • Website Donations – £59,100.00
  • Cheque Donations – £16,663.26
  • Share Purchases – £34,930
  • Station Donations – £41,950.00

West Somerset Railway Association – £32,669.00

  • Rail Renewal offline – £29,249.00
  • JustGiving – £3,420.00

West Somerset Steam Railway Trust – £2,566.31

Total – £188,984.15

With passenger trains unlikely to return to the WSR until Easter 2021, the railway plan that £500,000 should cover fixed costs, along with costs to prepare the railway for when reopening is appropriate.

For more information or to support the West Somerset Railway, please visit their website here.

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Churnet Valley Railway announce reopening date https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/churnet-valley-railway-announce-reopening-date.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/churnet-valley-railway-announce-reopening-date.html#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2020 08:42:21 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk/?p=59606 The Churnet Valley Railway has announced that they will begin operating trains from 1st August 2020 in line with government guidance.]]>

The Churnet Valley Railway has announced that they will begin operating trains from 1st August 2020 in line with government guidance.

After the steam locomotives were put to sleep on the 15th March 2020, the CVR went into a forced closure on the 24th March 2020.

The CVR has said that it has not launched any big appeals, like other railways have, due to understanding the publics own challenges. Instead, they have said that they have relied upon their bank and support charity to get through the tough times.

The pandemic has severely affected the Churnet Valley Railway, with lost income from no trains. Whilst the goodwill will continue, the current situation is not sustainable. So the CVR is now looking to the public for help by people buying a ticket and travelling on trains.

Churnet Valley Railway announces reopening after coronavirus closure
Credit: Dave Gibson

The phased reopening will include a reduced timetable and the cancellation of all events until the rearranged Borders Explorer in November.

You can book your tickets now by visiting the Churnet Valley Railway website here.

If you have any questions, the Churnet Valley Railway has produced an FAQ sheet, which is viewable here.

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After 30 years of negotiations – Kenton railway sign is now the Middy’s https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/after-30-years-of-negotiations-kenton-railway-sign-is-now-the-middys.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/after-30-years-of-negotiations-kenton-railway-sign-is-now-the-middys.html#respond Tue, 07 Jul 2020 08:08:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=58882&preview=true One of the few station running boards known to be in existence since the closure of the old railway has become part of the museum collection at the Mid Suffolk Light Railway.]]>

One of the few station running boards known to be in existence since the closure of the old railway has become part of the museum collection at the Mid Suffolk Light Railway.

The Kenton sign had previously been part of the national collection with the National Railway Museum.

Previously, the Museum of British Transport in Clapham were owners of the running in boards after the original line closed in 1952.

However, in the early 1970s, the museum was closed down, and the exhibits were moved to the National Railway Museum at York.

Kenton was the only station on the Mid Suffolk Railway to have two running in boards.

After the Mid Suffolk Light Railway Society was formed, Archivist, David Chappell contacted the National Railway Museum to ask about the loans of the signs. This original request was turned down due to insufficient security at the premises.

During the years since, the MSLR has become a proper company, registered Charity and fully-recognised heritage railway.

David had kept contact with the NRM, and in 2013, their policy changed to one of greater outreach for their collection. After another formal request, the MSLR became custodians of the signs, albeit on loan.

Another six years on, after 30 years of negotiations, the Deed of Transfer form has been completed and signed and the Kenton Running in Board officially belongs to the Mid Suffolk Light Railway.

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Steam trains to return to the Worth Valley this August https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/steam-trains-to-return-to-the-worth-valley-this-august.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/steam-trains-to-return-to-the-worth-valley-this-august.html#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2020 17:45:52 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk/?p=59579 The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway has announced that they can begin running trains again on Wednesday 19th August 2020.]]>

The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway has announced that they can begin running trains again on Wednesday 19th August 2020.

Steam trains will run from Oxenhope to Keighley, where passengers can stretch their legs and look at the steam locomotive up close taking on water.

The railway will be using first-class and vintage carriage stock, these are rarely used on the railway. Compartment carriages will seat up to 8 people, allowing you and your family to enjoy a train ride through the Worth Valley, safely.

Tickets will go on-sale online on Monday 13th July, and pre-booking is essential. Tickets will available online only.

Oliver Cromwell passes 'The Mound' near Oakworth on a 30742 Charter
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The KWVR has been awarded a Good to Go industry mark, meaning the KWVR have the measures in place to mainline cleanliness and make sure you can have a safe visit.

The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway runs for 5 miles from Oxenhope through Bronte Country and the Worth Valley to Keighley via Haworth, Oakworth, Damems and Ingrow West.

Dr Matthew Stroh, Chairman at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, told RailAdvent: “Being so near the reopening after the disappointment of the sudden closure is fantastic. It’s testimony to the great team effort needed to prepare the railway for operation in very trying circumstances, particularly with the challenge of having to recommence the work to replace the 115-year old bridge.”

“We are looking forward to welcoming our passengers on board in the coming weeks and to bringing steam back to the Worth Valley.”

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Southeastern reports best ever passenger satisfaction https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/southeastern-reports-best-ever-passenger-satisfaction.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/southeastern-reports-best-ever-passenger-satisfaction.html#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2020 14:17:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=59026&preview=true Southeastern has announced that overall satisfaction amongst passengers is at 83% according to the latest round of surveys by Transport Focus.]]>

Southeastern has announced that overall satisfaction amongst passengers is at 83% according to the latest round of surveys by Transport Focus.

This is the best ever Spring result for the operator, and the 4th consecutive survey to show improvement.

Passengers on Southeastern Highspeed recorded a 91% satisfaction, and the train service is still one of the best in the UK.

Significant improvements have been recorded in every aspect of on-board experience, including cleanliness (+4%), provision of information (+4%) and the level of crowding (+3%).

Since being awarded a new franchise contract in March, Southeastern has continued to provide transport services throughout the pandemic.

During the course of the new franchise, Southeastern will introduce 30 Class 707 trains from South Western Railway.

A Southeastern spokesperson said: “We know these results come at a time when the whole country is focused on tackling COVID-19. At Southeastern, we’re committed to keeping our stations and trains as safe and clean as possible for passengers, and we’ll continue to offer the best possible service in these uncertain times. We’d particularly like to thank our staff for their hard work over the past few months.

“In 2019 we introduced the improved Delay Repay 15 compensation scheme, and we’ve invested £80m in improvements including refurbished stations, measures to improve train punctuality and upgraded passenger information systems. We’ll continue to improve passengers’ experience while travelling with us, and our new franchise contract includes measures to further boost capacity with modern, air-conditioned rolling stock, when the trains become available”

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Queen Street station project to resume after lockdown eases https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/queen-street-station-project-to-resume-after-lockdown-eases.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/queen-street-station-project-to-resume-after-lockdown-eases.html#respond Mon, 06 Jul 2020 12:30:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=58827&preview=true Various Network Rail projects in Scotland, paused by the Coronavirus lockdown, are now resuming.]]>

Various Network Rail projects in Scotland, paused by the Coronavirus lockdown, are now resuming.

At Glasgow Queen Street station, work will resume this week on the £120m reconstruction of the station.

In addition work on the new £14m station at Kintore will resume along with the £13m redevelopment at Dunbar station.

Network Rail will be undertaking risk assessments to ensure the relevant guidelines and protective equipment is used during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, said: “Efforts across Scotland’s Railway, from frontline staff running day to day services to those in planning and maintenance roles behind the scenes, have played a fundamental part in ensuring key workers are able to get to where they are needed during this pandemic.

“While many non-essential projects were rightfully paused, our continued investment in maintaining vital rail infrastructure has given reassurance at a difficult time.

“As we now make the transition through the Routemap to Recovery, it is important we step up work where we can. This will enable us safely to resume key projects such as the new Kintore station and Queen Street station improvements, bringing investment at a time when the supply chain and its workers need it most.

“I look forward to seeing these significant projects make progress because their completion will bring benefits to passengers, workers and the economy alike.”

Kris Kinnear, Network Rail Scotland’s capital delivery director, said “The rail industry has been working throughout the COVID-19 lockdown to keep key workers and freight services on the move.

“We have also been investing heavily in Scotland’s railway infrastructure throughout this time – keeping vital economic activity going in our supply chain across the country.

“The gradual easing of lockdown means we are now able to restart work on a number of non-essential construction projects that we put on hold during the peak of the pandemic.

“We are now at a significant point where the easing of some restrictions, in line with Scottish Government guidance, is allowing us to restart these projects – albeit within a different working environment that will remain the ‘new normal’ for the foreseeable future.

“We are encouraged by the first steps of work resuming and our focus remains the same as always – safeguarding our staff first and foremost, as they deliver projects that further enhance Scotland’s Railway and the communities it serves.”

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East Midlands Railway to introduce more services this July https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/east-midlands-railway-to-introduce-more-services-this-july.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/east-midlands-railway-to-introduce-more-services-this-july.html#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2020 09:29:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=58749&preview=true From today (6th July), East Midlands Railway will be introducing a number of train services to its temporary coronavirus timetable.]]>

From today (6th July), East Midlands Railway will be introducing a number of extra train services to its temporary coronavirus timetable.

These extra services are part of a nationwide step up in rail services as lockdown restrictions are eased further.

EMR has been carefully monitoring the number of passengers on their network since the pandemic began. In May, the operator stepped up its timetable by 20% – which provided 80% of their regular timetable.

This further step up will provide additional train services where it is required.

Face coverings are still mandatory for passengers and must be worn.

Will Rogers, Managing Director, East Midlands Railway, said: “We are pleased we can reintroduce more of our services from Monday 6th July. With the further easement of social restrictions and the reopening of more leisure and retail businesses we expect customers number to continue to slowly rise. Therefore, it makes sense to introduce more services and more seats ahead of the expected increase in customers.

“We simply ask customers to ensure they bring a face covering with them as they will remain mandatory on public transport alongside this increase in services and follow Government on the use of public transport.”

Intercity

The following services will be added:

  • 0600 Sheffield to London St Pancras
    • This now means 13 out of 14 peak-time trains arriving into London now operate.
  • 2105 London St Pancras to Nottingham

EMR Regional

The following services will be reintroduced:

  • 0635 Nottingham to Liverpool Lime Street
  • 0951 Liverpool Lime Street to Nottingham
  • 0752 Nottingham to Norwich will start from Mansfield Woodhouse at 0707, restoring a peak time service on the Robin Hood Line
  • 0738 & 0838 Worksop to Nottingham will each have an additional carriage

All off-peak Robin Hood Line services strengthened to 3-carriages

Passengers should check National Rail Enquiries for the latest information

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Steam locomotive 45407 The Lancashire Fusilier to steam through Preston this Tuesday https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/steam-locomotive-45407-the-lancashire-fusilier-to-steam-through-preston-this-tuesday.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/steam-locomotive-45407-the-lancashire-fusilier-to-steam-through-preston-this-tuesday.html#respond Mon, 06 Jul 2020 08:58:16 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk/?p=59498 Ian Riley's Ex-LMS Black 5 No. 45407 'The Lancashire Fusilier' will be on the mainline this Tuesday, 7th July 2020.]]>

Ian Riley’s Ex-LMS Black 5 No. 45407 ‘The Lancashire Fusilier’ will be on the mainline this Tuesday, 7th July 2020.

45407 is moving from the East Lancashire Railway to Carnforth in preparation for the delayed start of ‘The Jacobite’ season in Scotland.

Departing Bury at 10:20, the locomotive and its support coach will pass through Castleton (11:20), Miles Platting (12:23), Manchester Victoria (12:27), Salford Central (12:29), Eccles (12:37), Wigan North Western (13:05), Preston (13:26), Lancaster (13:48), Carnforth (13:57) and Carnforth Steamtown at 14:14.

Please Note: This is a light engine movement and is subject to delay, change or cancellation to the timings above. Please use links below for up-to-date timings for 45407.

If you head out to see 45407 The Lancashire Fusilier, please follow all Government guidance regarding social distancing and pubic transport use. If you have any symptoms of coronavirus, give this movement a miss and follow isolation guidance.

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As always, please respect the dangers of the railway. Please do not trespass on the railway to see this iconic locomotive – stay to public access spots!

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Diversions in place for A5 roadworks avoiding Britain’s most bashed railway bridge https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/diversions-in-place-for-a5-roadworks-avoiding-britains-most-bashed-railway-bridge.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/diversions-in-place-for-a5-roadworks-avoiding-britains-most-bashed-railway-bridge.html#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:44:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=59278&preview=true Britain's most struck railway bridge could be in danger from high vehicles as roadworks on the A5 mean lorry drivers need to follow diversions.]]>

Britain’s most struck railway bridge could be in danger from high vehicles as roadworks on the A5 mean lorry drivers need to follow diversions.

Although clearly marked with the height restrictions, the St John Street bridge has been hit 28 times in the last 12 months.

Roadworks start on the A5 at Wall roundabout, between Muckley Corner and the Weeford roundabout, on Monday 6th July. Lasting until the 24th July special diversions for high sided vehicles have been set up to avoid the low bridge. Every weeknight between 8 pm and 6 am road closures will be in place.

Martin Colmey, head of operations for Central route, said: “With St John Street bridge in Lichfield already having the unenviable title of the most bashed in the country, I’d urge all drivers of large vehicles to follow the recommended diversion signs and not their sat-nav during Highways England’s work on the A5.

“There is no excuse for drivers to hit railway bridges. Bridge strikes are entirely avoidable, put the safety of rail passengers and road users at risk, and cost the taxpayer millions of pounds each year to fix. Our message is simple – lorry drivers, plan your route and know, don’t guess, the height of your vehicle.”

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Transport for Wales begins redecoration of Cardiff Central https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/transport-for-wales-begins-redecoration-of-cardiff-central.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/transport-for-wales-begins-redecoration-of-cardiff-central.html#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2020 06:09:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=58440&preview=true Transport for Wales has begun redecoration work to change the appearance of Wales' busiest station as part of the operator's Station Improvement Vision.]]>

Transport for Wales has begun redecoration work to change the appearance of Wales’ busiest station, Cardiff Central, as part of the operator’s Station Improvement Vision.

Major redecoration work at Cardiff Central is now underway. Trio has been appointed as the contractor to deliver the work, with additional measures being implemented due to coronavirus.

Starting on Platform 0, the work includes the redecoration of all existing painted surfaces such as fences, building doors and window frames.

The painting will be done in existing heritage colours of the Great Western Railway.

Cardiff Central Station Redecoration
Credit: TfW

James Price, Transport for Wales CEO, said: “Cardiff Central station is the gateway into our capital city and our busiest station. It’s great to be progressing with major redecoration work and implementing our Station Improvement Vision as we continue to transform transport across Wales and the Borders.

“Covid19 has presented many challenges, but as a result of low passenger numbers, we have pushed forward with our minor improvement works programme across the network and as part of our Station Improvement Vision we have also relined Chester car park and installed bike storage units at Abergavenny station. We are following all safety guidance and measures, but are continuing with our transformation works to improve transport for the people of Wales and the Borders.”

TfW Project Manager Helen Simmonds said: “We’re really pleased to see the start of this work which will improve the station environment for our customers massively. A lot of hard work has gone into planning this project. The work will take place over a number of weeks to ensure as little disruption to customers as possible. We saw more than 14 million people coming through Cardiff Central last year which shows just how important it is to our network.”

Hinatea Fonteneau, TfW Head of Station Projects, said: “We all know how important Cardiff Central is as the gateway to our capital city, and with some targeted investment we know we can get it looking its very best. As part of our Station Improvement Vision, we’ll be transforming the look and feel of all of our stations. We’ve been working closely with our partners in Network Rail on this and together we can really make Cardiff Central a station to be proud of.”

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Hollywood artist makes mural for Millwall Football Club thanks to Network Rail https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/hollywood-artist-makes-mural-for-millwall-football-club-thanks-to-network-rail.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/hollywood-artist-makes-mural-for-millwall-football-club-thanks-to-network-rail.html#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2020 15:26:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=58442&preview=true Network Rail has partnered with Millwall Football Club and community groups to celebrate the club crest, which has been used since 1936.]]>

Network Rail has partnered with Millwall Football Club and community groups to celebrate the club crest, which has been used since 1936.

Railway bridges across South London have been transformed into pieces of artwork thanks to the partnership and Lionel Stanhope, a street artist known for vintage typography work.

Lionel has painted sets for Hollywood and Disney, and his artwork has been featured on Black Mirror and Humans.

The mural on Zampa Road is close to the Millwall home stadium and shows the current club crest of a leaping lion which first appeared in 1979.

Lionel Stanhope at work - Millwall Football Club
Credit: Network Rail

Lionel Stanhope said: “I’m really happy to have worked with Network Rail and Millwall Football Club on this mural and I’m pleased with the outcome. It sits well on the wall with strong colours, and I’ve received positive feedback from people walking past.”

Steve Kavanagh, Millwall chief executive, said: “I’d like to thank everyone involved at Network Rail for assisting with this project and we’re also incredibly grateful for the efforts of Lionel, who has done a superb job with the new mural. I’d like to extend our thanks to members of Millwall Supporters’ Club who have overseen an initiative organised by the fans, for the fans.”

Eddie Burton, community engagement manager at Network Rail, said: “It’s great to see this wall looking so good and I’m really pleased we could do this for Millwall Football Club. We hope the fans and local community will treasure this artwork and the mural will offer a great photo opportunity for years to come.”

The team nickname was previously The Dockers and arose from the job of many of the club’s supporters in the early 1900s. However, the press headlined Millwall as ‘Lions of the South’, after knocking Football League leaders Aston Villa out of the 1899–1900 FA Cup and the ‘Lions’ nickname was born.

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TransPennine Express announce July timetable increase https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/transpennine-express-announce-july-timetable-increase.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/transpennine-express-announce-july-timetable-increase.html#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2020 13:23:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk?p=59207&preview=true From Monday 6 July, TransPennine Express will be increasing train services that run in their amended timetable.]]>

From Monday 6 July, TransPennine Express will be increasing train services that run in their amended timetable.

The step-up in capacity comes as lockdown restrictions are lifted across England, allowing more businesses to reopen.

Although there is an increase in the numbers of trains being run, there will continue to be restrictions on capacity to help maintain social distancing.

Passengers who are using public transport should wear a face covering. This is mandatory – except for the exempt list of passengers, which include those with disabilities, breathing difficulties or children under 11.

TransPennine Express Class 802 departs York
Credit: Langton Photography

From Monday 4 July, TPE will generally be running the following services:

  • Hourly service between Liverpool and Newcastle
  • Hourly service between Hull and Manchester Piccadilly
  • Hourly stopping service between Leeds and Huddersfield
  • Hourly stopping service between Manchester Piccadilly and Huddersfield
  • Hourly service between Manchester Airport and Redcar Central
  • Hourly service between Cleethorpes and Manchester Piccadilly
  • Two-hourly service between Manchester Airport and Edinburgh
  • Shuttle service between York and Scarborough

Additionally, there will be limited Transpennine Express service between Newcastle and Edinburgh along with Glasgow Central to Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Airport.

Passengers should check National Rail Enquiries for the latest travel information.

 

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July 2020 update on steam locomotive 72010 Hengist https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/july-2020-update-on-steam-locomotive-72010-hengist.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/july-2020-update-on-steam-locomotive-72010-hengist.html#respond Sun, 05 Jul 2020 12:51:00 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk/?p=59406 The Clan Project has released its latest update on work to build BR 'Clan' No. 72010 'Hengist'.]]>

The Clan Project has released its latest update on work to build steam locomotive BR ‘Clan’ No. 72010 ‘Hengist’.

Work on 72010 has continued at CTL Seal in Sheffield throughout June following the Monday Gang working party resuming after the lifting of coronavirus restrictions.

Progress has concentrated on the frames for the locomotive, with CTL Seal employees completing work on fitting the stretcher bolts.

Alongside this, a set of shields have been manufactured for use on the sand traps. The bogie side control beams have been completed, and the bogie centre slide is now on the second stage of machining.

CTL Seal and The Clan Project have continued to comply with the government guidance regarding coronavirus social distancing.

Fitting the stretcher bolts with Pete of CTL Seal
Credit: The Clan Project

Geoff Turner, Engineering Director of The ‘Clan’ Project, said: “Thank you once again to our Monday Gang and our partners at CTL Seal for their hard work at this difficult time. Despite the challenges of the current situation, we are making good progress as we prepare the frame assembly for the machine shop, where the horn guides and frame keeps will be fitted.”

June saw the release of the summer edition of Clan News. Priced at just £2, this can be ordered from The Clan Project Shop.

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Coronavirus: Steam railways are reopening! Which are returning to action? https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/coronavirus-steam-railways-are-reopening-which-are-returning-to-action.html https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/07/coronavirus-steam-railways-are-reopening-which-are-returning-to-action.html#respond Sun, 05 Jul 2020 11:35:01 +0000 https://www.railadvent.co.uk/?p=59421 This page is actively being updated. Last update: 05/07 at 11:10 Click here to visit www.railadvent.co.uk/coronavirus to check if there is a newer version of this page As coronavirus guidelines begin to be eased following the announcement by Boris Johnson on the 23rd June 2020. Many railways are announcing when they can begin running trains […]]]>

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As coronavirus guidelines begin to be eased following the announcement by Boris Johnson on the 23rd June 2020. Many railways are announcing when they can begin running trains again.

With so many railways around Britain, we thought it would be useful to have one page with dates for when the railways are reopening, and if there are any specific comments regarding their reopening.

COVID-19 is still a fast-moving pandemic, and this information is changing all the time, please contact the relevant railway before travelling to get confirmation.

If you believe we may have missed one, then please get in touch with us. If you have found this page and other parts of the RailAdvent website useful, then please consider supporting us during the pandemic with a RailAdvent Plus membership.

If you can’t head out to the individual railways, then why not help them through their COVID appeals, it has been a difficult year for these railways, and they need our help to survive!

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