Britain's Transpennine Route Upgrade rail infrastructure programme has reached a major regulatory milestone with the submission of the Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) for the Huddersfield to Westtown (Dewsbury) section.
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With the investment coming from the UK government's Restoring Your Railway Fund, the line between Exeter and Okehampton will be re-opened to passengers all year round, instead of just during the summer.
Though a final preferred route for Northern Powerhouse Rail has been agreed upon, Transport for the North has agreed to delay submitting the business case until the UK government’s Integrated Rail Plan has been published.
The Railway Industry Association, Rail Alliance and Rail Forum Midlands have set out five key 'asks' to the UK government to ensure that the rail supply chain can support the industry and ensure that Rail Project SPEED is a success.
The next stage of Project SPEED will see the industry pioneer new ways of working to halve the time and reduce the cost of delivering critical infrastructure projects.
Measures within Southeastern's new travel policy include the setting up of a Passenger Accessibility Panel and the creation of a new bespoke disability awareness training programme.
The competition is calling for fresh thinking from rails inventors and innovators with ideas to improve passenger journeys and decarbonise the rail network.
While the public are being asked to stay at home, the rail industry is using this opportunity to plan improvements around Manchester ready for when passengers return in much greater numbers.
The technology will monitor the real-time performance of rail assets and allow for the swift detection and repair of faults.
Under the agreement, Bombardier will fit ETCS equipment and the BOMBARDIER EBI Cab 2000 onboard Automatic Train Protection system to all ELECTROSTAR fleets in the UK.
The Department for Transport (DfT) will delay the normal annual January change to rail fares until 1 March 2021, offering a significant window for commuters who cannot work at home to purchase cheaper season tickets at the existing rate and allowing greater flexibility in uncertain times.
The agreement with DfT has outlined that FirstGroup will not be required pay a pre-existing franchise agreement termination sum for Avanti, but must pay a contribution of £33.2 million for SWR.
After the announcement in August 2020 that Crossrail Ltd would require funding beyond the original agreed funding envelope, a new £85 million package has been agreed upon.
Fifteen rail schemes across England have been awarded up to £50,000 to accelerate plans that could restore lines and stations to communities, including those closed during the Beeching cuts.
The Northern Powerhouse Rail network spans from Liverpool to Hull, Sheffield and the North East, and would begin construction in 2024/25.