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News from the UK Rail Industry for December 2018

Posted by: Warren Drobac
Industry News

Multi-billion-pound contracts awarded by Network Rail to work on some of Britain’s most congested routes

Network Rail has announced three multi-billion-pound contracts worth up to £7bn for Control Period 6 (2019-2024). Geoffrey Osborne Limited (Wessex), J Murphy & Songs (Anglia) and BAM Nuttall Limited (South East) have been chosen to act as strategic delivery partners throughout CP6. The multi-discipline framework will include stations, buildings and civils, telecommunications, electrifications, power, signalling and track.


Cameron Burns, a Commercial Director at Network Rail that operates in the southern region, said: “Over the last few years we have made a shift towards working more collaboratively and closer to fewer key contractors, which has allowed us to deliver major improvements for passengers successfully and safely. Given that we are delivering in some of Britain’s busiest stations and on some of the most used routes into the capital, our ability to upgrade the railway with minimal impact on passengers is increasingly important. We want to build on this success for CP6 and the relationships we have with our suppliers, and we look forward to working with them all going forward.”
BAM Nuttall Limited and Geoffrey Osborne Limited already work in their respective regions and have previously delivered schemes such as the upgrade of Shoreham Viaduct and a 100-hour blockade to replace a life-expired bridge in Wandsworth. The estimated enhancements spend on each contract is estimated to be up to £2.72bn for all CP6 enhancements in the three regions.  Full story


UK hydrogen-powered train design unveiled by Alstom and Eversholt

A hydrogen-powered train design has been unveiled by Alstom and Eversholt that plans to use an existing Class 321 train to convert it into a cleaner train that produces only water vapour as its exhaust. The company aims to create zero harmful emissions by using hydrogen to generate electricity using a fuel cell where the gas is combined with oxygen from the atmosphere to produce energy and water to power the train through its conventional traction motors. Alstom, the manufacture, suspects that the new designs could start operating within the UK as early as 2022.

Alstom has a background in hydrogen-powered trains that started with the company’s Coradia iLint operations in September 2018 in Germany. They now operate a regular service for passengers using their hydrogen-powered train. However, the iLint was not a conversion of an existing train like the design that was unveiled but will use similar technology to power the train.

Rail Minister Andrew Jones MP said: “Hydrogen train technology is an exciting innovation which has the potential to transform our railway, making journeys cleaner and greener by cutting CO2 emissions even further. We are working with industry to establish how hydrogen trains can play an important part in the future, delivering better services on rural and inter-urban routes.”  Full story

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