Railway News – Late August 2022

Boost for UK economy and rail industry through new Israel partnership.

The Memorandum of Understanding will boost business opportunities and allow sharing of expertise.

  • UK to secure new business opportunities as Transport Secretary signs partnership with Israel, offering potential jobs for nation’s rail industry
  • new UK-Israel Memorandum of Understanding to extend the benefits of Crossrail expertise overseas, promoting global Britain and enabling British engineers to team up with companies abroad
  • move follows successful launch of the Elizabeth Line bringing an estimated £42 billion to UK economy



Network Rail has chosen Kier to deliver the main works package at Oxford railway station, as part of the Oxford Corridor Phase 2 Project.

The announcement comes shortly after the Department for Transport confirms it has awarded funds to Network Rail to enable the station works to take place, alongside improvements to the railway.



Network Rail says Huddersfield has moved one step closer to welcoming cleaner, greener and more efficient electric trains this week, as a new, improved bridge was installed near Deighton railway station.

The 172-year-old footbridge on Fieldhouse Lane was replaced with a thinner and taller bridge, giving Transpennine Route Upgrade engineers the space needed to eventually install overhead electric wires. This will make it possible for electric trains to run through the area in future generations, bringing a cleaner, quieter railway for residents and passengers.



It’s good news for the Coventry Very Light Rail project, as the city council secures £115.9 million in grant funding.

In an announcement of the funding the council said a large “chunk” will fund the rail city centre scheme.

The majority of the funding was secured following a successful bid to the Department for Transport’s City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS). Additional funding was also secured from the WMCA’s Active Travel Fund and Sustrans’ Paths for Everyone funding.



Preparation work will begin this Autumn ahead of the construction of a new Butetown railway station and the redevelopment of Cardiff Bay station.

Transport for Wales (TfW) has confirmed plans to build a new two-platform station in the north of Butetown, as part of the biggest upgrade to public transport in the area for a generation.

The existing Cardiff Bay station will also get a second platform, as well as a new signage, customer information screens and other enhancements. All upgrades made to the station’s signage will be bilingual and have been developed using TfW’s station brand toolkit.

Installation of a new track will allow faster and more frequent services using brand new tram-trains, with a new timetable set to be in place from spring 2024.



Turner & Townsend has been appointed by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) to support the business case development and implementation of the region’s Mass Transit Project – including the renewal of the Supertram network.

The global professional services company, with support from the specialist management consultancy, Anturas, will help to deliver the programme over the next seven years to 2029, providing quantity surveying and project administration services including project management, cost management, risk management, and programming support.



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