December 2015

The first freight train passes through Barnetby following the first phase of resignalling
Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 10:47

This phase of the engineering work, which began on Christmas Eve, focussed primarily on replacing the 100-year-old signalling on the freight lines to and from the port, from which around 25 per cent of the UK’s rail freight enters the country.
Work on passenger lines in north Lincolnshire, north east Lincolnshire and others parts of the Lincolnshire region will now continue until January 11, with bus replacement services in operation on some routes until then.

Alstom Railway Depot
Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 10:37

The overtime ban and rest day working has been suspended immediately and the instruction not to work between the hours of 18.00 hours on Thursday 31 December 2015 and 07.59 hours on Friday 1 January 2016 has also been rescinded.
The new offer, which includes a backdated pay increase and a reduction over two years in the working week, is to be recommended for acceptance by the union to its membership.

Flooding at Kirkstall
Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 10:29

The storm affected, as forecast, the south-west, Wales, the north-west of England and much of Scotland.
The ScotRail station at Dumbarton was flooded yesterday as was the line between Patterton and Neilston. This resulted in disruption to the service between Glasgow Central and Neilston.
Other disruption on ScotRail included a tree on the line at Galashiels, which resulted in the temporary suspension of services on the newly-reopened line from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank. At... read the full story

Glasgow Queen Street station
Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 10:20

Scotland’s third busiest station, with 20m passengers a year, Glasgow Queen Street needs to expand to meet predicted growth to 28m passengers by 2030.
The station’s platforms and concourse also need to be extended to accommodate the faster, longer, greener electric trains being introduced to Scotland’s railway as part of the £742m Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP).
Due for completion in 2019, the redevelopment will create a landmark, modern station which reflects... read the full story

Royal Seaforth Container Terminal
Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 10:12

This is the first time a service has been run between the two sites.
Locomotive No 66729 was used to haul eight IFA ‘Q80’ flat wagons, leaving Birch Coppice at 20.48 on 22 December and arriving at Seaforth Container Terminal at 01.39 on Wednesday 23 December. It made the return journey from the container terminal at 0.:30 on 23 December, arriving at Birch Coppice at 10.53.
This is an important moment for Peel Ports (owner and operator of the Port of Liverpool), GB Railfreight and... read the full story

Supertram 104 at Gleadless Townend tramstop, Sheffield
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 16:45

Revised timetables and services will operate on the Yellow and Purple Supertram Routes on Sunday 10 January, Saturday and Sunday 16 – 17 and 30 – 31 January, and 13 – 14 and 27 – 28 February 2016. Blue Route Supertram services between Malin Bridge and Halfway are unaffected.
Dedicated YX and Y1 bus services will replace trams during the works. Replacement bus service timetables and information will be available from 4 January.
Passengers in South Yorkshire will be the first in... read the full story

One of two bridges being replaced on the West Coast main line near Stafford over Christmas
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 16:37

While the majority of Britain was tucking into Christmas dinner and resting over the festive period, engineers were out in force to lay track as part of a £250m project to upgrade the West Coast main line – Europe’s busiest mixed-use railway – through Stafford.
Two bridges carrying the railway over local waterways were also replaced as part of Network Rail's Railway Upgrade Plan. 
The track work this Christmas is vital to help bring a new railway flyover into use at Easter 2016... read the full story

Forth Road Bridge
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 11:44

The suspension of the service was the result of ScotRail’s need to transfer additional rolling stock to supplement services from Edinburgh to Inverkeithing and beyond. In addition to the stock transferred from the Grahamston route, upgrade work on ScotRail’s fleet was suspended and more rolling stock was hired from south of the border.
The road bridge was closed prior to Christmas when urgent repair work was required. Although it was initially thought that the repair work would not be... read the full story

Improvement work on the railway
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 11:39

Since then passenger traffic over the route has grown significantly and, in order to cater for enhanced services, Network Rail began laying seven miles of track in order to double the route in Northamptonshire.
With the route being one of a number nationwide closed over the festive period to enable Network Rail’s engineers to undertake major projects, the Kettering-Corby line is benefiting from part of a major £38 million upgrade as part of plans to improve and electrify services over... read the full story

Arriva Trains Wales No. 175101
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 11:23

The engine drivers’ union launched an overtime ban this week and announced a strike for Monday 4 January before Christmas.
An earlier two-day strike was called off in November following a last ditch agreement that saw the strike suspended.
The union received overwhelming support in a ballot amongst its ATW staff, claiming that the TOC had gone back on agreement over pay and conditions.
ATW is now awaiting the union’s response; if the strike goes ahead, it will start at 00.... read the full story