Rail News – December 2023

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The UK boss of train-maker Alstom has told a lobby of Parliament that there could be only a matter of weeks left to save nearly 180 years of train manufacturing in Derby.

Nick Crossfield, managing director of Alstom in the UK & Ireland, made the grim prediction at the lobby, which took place on Wednesday (December 6), after he appeared at a meeting of a select committee on rail rolling stock.

Production lines at the firm’s Litchurch Lane site are set to grind to a halt because of a lack of orders for new train fleets from the UK rail sector.

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HS2 has begun the search for a contractor to oversee the initial works for the Automated People Mover (APM) at Interchange Station in Solihull.

After completion, the £65m transit system will move thousands of passengers hourly, connecting Interchange Station, the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham International Railway Station, and Birmingham Airport.

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Mayors Andy Street and Andy Burnham are teaming up to improve rail connections between the West Midlands and Greater Manchester.

They’ve formed a private sector group, led by infrastructure expert Sir David Higgins, to tackle issues on a heavily congested and unreliable rail route.

This effort comes in response to the Prime Minister’s commitment to enhance connectivity between Birmingham and Manchester, especially after the decision to cancel HS2 north of Handsacre.

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