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UK Very Light Rail Conference 2022

The UK’s second Very Light Rail (VLR) Conference takes place on Thursday 16 June this year. The event is being held at the Black Country and Marches Institute of Technology (IoT) in Dudley, neighbour and partnering educational establishment to the Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre (VLRNIC), a brand new £32m investment built to advance the growing VLR industry.

Hitachi Rail announces new digital rail products at 2022 RSSI C&S Exhibition

Hitachi Rail is launching new innovations and product improvements at the upcoming 2022 Railway Systems Supplies, Inc. (RSSI) Communication & Signaling (C&S) exhibition in Kansas City, Missouri on May 16, 17 and 18. The company will be demonstrating digital solutions for freight and passenger rail to help railroads maximize their investment for the long-term.

Green milestone for HS2 with announcement of first diesel-free construction site

HS2 Ltd has announced its first completely diesel-free site is the Canterbury Road Vent Shaft site in South Kilburn, where HS2’s civils contractor Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture (SCS JV) have introduced a range of diesel-free technologies and greener equipment.

Final green light given to Elizabeth line opening date

London’s Elizabeth line has received its final authorisations of its trains, stations, and infrastructure from the rail regulator ahead of its opening on Tuesday 24 May.

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has issued approvals for all the Elizabeth line stations – with the exception of Bond Street – confirming the stations and infrastructure meet the requirements for passenger use.

Network Rail and British Steel contract extension includes multi million pound rail facilities

British Steel has been awarded another major rail contract extension by Network Rail — which will see the creation of multi-million pound facilities dedicated to the sector.

The 2-year agreement sees British Steel retain its position as principal supplier to the company which operates and maintains Britain’s rail infrastructure.

Report released on runaway road-rail vehicle at Belle Isle Junction

RAIB has released a report on a runaway road-rail vehicle in North London.

At around 03:30 hrs on Sunday 16 May 2021, a road-rail vehicle ran away while being on-tracked at a road-rail access point near Belle Isle Junction. The RRV ran downhill for approximately 600 metres before coming to a stop in a tunnel. Although no one was injured, the operator jumped from the road-rail vehicle before it entered the tunnel.

VR Group terminates Russia-Finland goods contracts

The board of directors at VR Group has said it has made a decision to stop freight traffic between Russia and Finland and terminate the associated contracts.

The Finnish travel, logistics and maintenance company intends for traffic to cease by the end of the year at the latest.


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