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  • 300 buses to operate during new strikeYORK-BASED train operator Northern says it expects to run about 40 per cent of rail services and more than 300 additional rail replacement buses when it faces its latest day of industrial action on Friday.

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  • Stadler to deliver 22 EMUs to Stockholm Transport Swiss rail vehicle manufacturer Stadler has secured a CHF232M ($233m) contract to build 22 customised electrical multiple units (EMU) for Stockholm Transport (SL).
  • Raildar’s interactive maps: a bird's eye view of UK rail networks By tapping into National Rail’s vast data resources, Raildar creates an interactive, live map of trains that passengers can follow for the most up-to-date information on their train, delays included. Founder of Raildar, Rob West, explains the platfor…
  • Virgin and Stagecoach join with SNCF on HS2 WCP franchise bidOperators Virgin Trains and Stagecoach have today announced that they will launch a joint bid for the West Coast Partnership (WCP) HS2 franchise alongside state-owned French rail company SNCF. The franchise will run from 2019 and will include the first few years of operation of HS2, meaning the...
  • Merseyrail prepares for more strike action as RMT talks fail again Yet more strike action is expected to be announced on Merseyrail services as talks between the operator and the RMT union broke down yet again. The dispute over driver-only operated trains caused drivers and guards to walk out earlier in the month on 8 April – Grand National day –...
  • Crucial work to link Bolton station and interchange hits milestone Considerable progress has now been made on the project to upgrade Bolton’s transport interchange and build a new ‘skylink’ bridge between the building and Bolton rail station. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has confirmed that the first steel span making up the bridge...

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  • SNCF joins bid for West Coast Partnership It has been revealed that French state operator SNCF has joined Stagecoach and Virgin in a consortium bidding to run the West Coast Partnership, which is due to start in 2019 and is also intended to run trains on Phase 1 of HS2 from 2026. All three have been working on the expression of interest, which was lodged with the Department for Transport yesterday (Monday). SNCF will have a 30 per cent stake. �Thrilled� Virgin said the agreement would put the consortium in the �best possible position� to win the franchise but the RMT has condemned the plan, calling for the next West Coast franchise t...

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  • Bombardier places ‘breakthrough’ order for ABB transformersAUSTRIA: Bombardier Transportation has placed the first contract for ABB’s Effilight roof-mounted traction transformer design, ordering 42 transformers for installation on 21 Talent 3 electric multiple-units which it is to supply to Austrian Federal Railways for use in the Vorarlberg region.

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