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News from the UK Rail Industry 28th February 2019

Posted by: Warren Drobac
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Royal visit puts Doncaster rail industry on the map

Last week saw Princess Anne visit Doncaster where she toured the National College for High Speed Rail.

The National College for High Speed Rail focuses training on major national transport infrastructure projects including HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail. During her visit, the princess was introduced to several students who are studying civil engineering, track design and fleet management and she praised the college’s efforts to boost skills and diversity across the rail and engineering sectors.

Navartis Business Manager and Rail Recruitment Specialist Warren Drobac commented: “With our Head Office being based in Doncaster, Navartis are strategically placed to be able to support key contractors such as Skanska, Costain, Strabag JV and Siemens on HS2. We look forward to supporting our clients’ involvement on HS2 as the project develops.”

The Royal visit reinforces Doncaster’s place on the industry map “It was a pleasure to introduce Princess Anne to some of our talented learners today,” commented Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the college. “In order to encourage more women into the industry and improve the diversity balance, it’s essential that we have high profile female ambassadors like the Princess on board.” Princess Anne also visited other local rail industry facilities in an effort to explore the many ways in which Doncaster is at the forefront of cutting-edge rail technology.

At Navartis we are proud to be in the centre of a blossoming hub of rail enterprise. Just a stone’s throw from the National College for High Speed Rail at Lakeside, Navartis have been focused on improving and modernising the UK rail industry for more than a decade by providing specialist technical professionals for key infrastructure projects.

Last year Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones visited Navartis and she was quick to praise Navartis’ role in the rail industry: “Navartis play an important part in bringing jobs that are highly skilled and highly paid to Doncaster. Navartis is attracting inward investment as well as exporting and acts as an ambassador putting Doncaster firmly on the map, not only nationally but internationally.” Full story.

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100mph rail service completes final checks

Network Rail have completed their final test runs for a new electrified rail line in preparations for the arrival of 100mph trains which are due to be in service by May this year. Electric trains and currently limited to 75mph but now that testing is complete the limit will rise to 100mph.

Network Rail engineers were on board the test train on its run from Preston to Manchester Victoria, making their final high-speed checks of the track and new overhead lines. The results will be verified by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).

“High speed testing of the overhead wires will support the introduction of greener, faster and more frequent trains,” commented Mark Ashton, sponsor for Network Rail, who went on to say that the high-speed trains will “help transform rail travel across the north.”

The test was part of the organisation’s attempts to transform northern rail infrastructure and improve services through electrification of routes. Full story.

South Western Railway’s 5G to bring superfast Wi-Fi to trains

FirstGroup has developed an “end-to-end 5G solution” to become the UK’s first 5G railway network which will bring superfast Wi-Fi to its trains.

The communication technology will be able to process volumes of data 100x greater than is currently available with 4G, which will allow passengers to enjoy consistent fast Wi-Fi connectivity on train journeys. In the age of online business networking and Cloud-based work management, any boost to connectivity speeds and reliability will be well received.

FirstGroup’s head of digital communication Simon Holmes commented: “We have worked hard over the last two-and-a-half years to reach this point which will enable us to deploy 5G technology for the benefit of customers and railway infrastructure.”

FirstGroup will become the exclusive supplier of the new 5G rail system for railway providers which it hopes to implement later this year. Full story.

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