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In The News | 20th May 2024 | Latest Rail News

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InTheNews: The latest rail news on Monday, 20th May 2024


An integrated road and rail freight logistics provider has signed an agreement to develop, lease and operate Tritax Symmetry’s planned £750m Strategic Rail Freight Interchange in Leicestershire.

An article on Insider Media Limited says Felixstowe-based Maritime Transport will bring forward the development at a 40-acre site, based at Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange in Leicestershire, which will remove more than 83 million HGV miles from the UK road network, saving about 70,120 tonnes of CO2 each year.


Virgin Trains has applied for a licence to run rail services on the West Coast, five years after losing out to the successor Avanti West Coast.

An article on The Business Desk says Virgin Group confirmed over the weekend that it had applied to the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) for an Open Access licence.

Since taking over the franchise, Avanti has faced fierce criticism over delays and cancellations.


Siemens Mobility in a joint consortium with Bilfinger UK has been awarded an eleven-year contract extension for the maintenance of Edinburgh Trams infrastructure to 2035.

This includes the continuous maintenance of the overhead contact line system, the track, SCADA and signalling system of the Edinburgh Trams infrastructure network to allow the safe day to day operational running of the trams.

Lea Harrison, Managing Director, Edinburgh Trams, said: “For the past decade, we have worked closely with Siemens Mobility to deliver a world-class service to our growing number of customers. This continued partnership will be vital as we build on our undoubted success to date.”

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The seventh Women in Rail Awards has taken place at the Roundhouse in Camden, London.

The event saw 13 awards presented across team and individual categories, with a further 10 Highly Commended and a Judge’s Special Mention awarded to exceptional shortlisted nominees.

Marie Daly, Chair of Women in Rail, said: This year saw over 380 entries received and 81 shortlisted nominations – in a year described by one judge as ‘the hardest year to judge yet’. The 2024 winners are proof that UK rail is driving the EDI agenda forward.”

You can read the list of winners here.

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