With autumn challenges looming, Transport for Wales and Network Rail are utilising the latest technology to prepare for a growing number of storms and bad weather caused by climate change.
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Here, Patrick McDougall, CEO of Nexus Alpha, provides thoughts on a number of topics, from how to improve customer information, how the industry reacted to COVID-19, through to sustainability and how solar powered passenger information signs can help train operators move towards net zero.
Transport for Wales (TfW), the not-for-profit organisation established by the Welsh government, has signed a deal with Colas Rail UK to buy Pullman Rail Limited.
The Fast Light Intercity and Regional Trains (FLIRTs) are being tested in Switzerland before being transferred to South Wales for further tests on the Wales and Borders network.
For Global Railway Review, David Clarke, Technical Director at the Railway Industry Association (RIA), explores the importance of collaboration and how it will be a driving force in the industry’s COVID-19 recovery.
TfW's new Biodiversity Action Plan features five principles that will see the organisation work to ensure that it protects, enhances and champions wildlife, biodiversity and the country's ecosystems.
The Global Centre of Rail Excellence in Wales will act as a driver for accelerated rail industry innovation, investment and growth in the UK and internationally.
ORR's statistics show that the punctuality of all 23 UK operators improved in Q3 of 2020-2021 when compared to 2019-2020, but a total of 11 per cent fewer trains were scheduled.
In order to continue delivering its transformation plan, as well as protect jobs and services, the Wales and Borders franchise, as of 7 February 2021, is now operating under public ownership.
The winner will be awarded £25,000 to develop their product further, having received dedicated mentoring from business experts over the 12 week course.
The capacity checker will allow customers to see which trains may have the most space available, subsequently supporting social distancing requirements by encouraging people to avoid busier trains.
The 11 start-ups - some of the brightest tech talent from across Wales and the UK - have received dedicated mentoring from business experts to develop their products, ideas and innovations.
Transport for Wales, Keolis and Amey have reached an agreement which outlines a sustainable way forward for delivering their ambitious objectives for rail despite the effects of COVID-19.
The move will help to secure the future of passenger services in Wales and the Borders area and protect jobs in the face of COVID-19.
Two new solutions - Automated Intelligent Video Review cameras and plasma technology - have been introduced on the TfW network to combat the challenges of autumn weather in the UK.