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In The News | 24th May 2024 | Latest Rail News

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Testing of the UK’s first intercity battery train commenced earlier today.

The battery, which generates a peak power of more than 700kw, has now been successfully retrofitted onto a TransPennine Express ‘Nova 1’ train (five-carriage intercity Class 802), ahead of the trial on Transpennine routes this summer.

This is the first UK trial where a diesel engine is replaced with a battery on an intercity train. The trial is a collaboration between TransPennine Express, Angel Trains and Hitachi Rail.

The firm at the heart of a Ohio train derailment and chemical spill will pay $310m (£243m) in a settlement to the US government.

An article on the BBC website says Norfolk Southern will pay $235m to cover the cost of cleaning up contaminated air, water and soil in East Palestine.

The February 2023 derailment led to a fire that burned through hazardous cargo. Toxic fumes killed thousands of animals and forced many residents to flee.

In April, Norfolk Southern reached a separate $600m class-action settlement with residents of the town.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has published its annual report covering the period 1 January to 31 December 2023. The report summarises operational and investigative activity undertaken by the Branch during the year.

The report also highlights six themes which have run through the Branch’s work during 2023. These are: safety of trackworkers, the safety of people getting on and off trains, management of low adhesion, overspeeding, understanding the integrity of assets and corporate memory.

Andrew Hall, Chief Inspector of Rail Accidents, said: “We continue to draw lessons from the wide range of accidents we have investigated and publish reports which clearly explain the often-complex issues behind them.”

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has introduced automatic weekly fare caps, claiming this will save some passengers as much as £124 weekly.

An article on The Mirror website says the company announced it’s implementing this initiative for the 30,000 users of their keyGo smartcard service used for pay-as-you-go trips.

This means that those travellers won’t pay out more than the equivalent of a weekly season ticket if they make many trips between two stops within the keyGo sector, which includes most of GTR’s network.

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