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Legislation for HS2

Legislation for HS2 passes its third reading in the Commons
Arriva wins £1.5bn contract to operate the London Overground
ORR lifts prohibition notice on West Coast Railways
Significant support for rail in the National Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2016
Shaw review supports Network Rail’s approach

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Waterloo and south west

Over £800m to be ploughed into Waterloo and South West Trains
Severn and Patchway tunnels to close for 6 weeks to prepare for electrification
Easter engineering works are completed on time in spite of Storm Katie
£340m of rail improvements announced for Liverpool over the next three years
Opening of the Norton Bridge flyover removes major bottleneck on West Coast main line

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A listing of courses currently available from the IMechE (Unless stated otherwise, all courses are in London)

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This listing represents a selection of the events about which we have been notified. It is strongly recommended that direct contact should be made with the individual organiser responsible for each event before booking places or making travel and accommodation reservations. Cancellations and other last-minute alterations are liable to occur

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Michael Brown moves to Petrotechnics as rail expert
New management board member at init AG
Chris Dulake to join Mott MacDonald
Ex Amtrak CEO joins Network Rail Consulting’s board
Rudie Basson to take rail and port practice lead in Africa
Graham Goswell joins Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe

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Virgin Azuma

Richard Branson unveils the new Virgin Azuma train
The use of robotics and autonomous systems in rail maintenance comes a step closer
Predicting the shape and growth of the next generation of trains

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Worldwide news

Turner & Townsend to oversee cost risk assessment on new Kuala Lumpur MRT construction project
Maryland Purple Line light rail transit project progresses to design-build stage
SYSTRA acquires Dalco Elteknik to develop its footprint in Scandanavia
Rotork to fulfil vital fire safety role on the Istanbul Metro

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Belfast hub

Demolition begins in preparation for the Belfast Transport Hub regeneration project
Holborn Tube station to pilot a new escalator regime that goes counter to tradition
Hatfield station is officially opened after £12.5m of redevelopment work

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Industry News Issue 127

PD Ports chosen to handle rail car imports for Hitachi
Historic archive of rail film footage now available online
Rebuilt Birmingham New Street scoops Station Excellence award
PAC: DfT must provide a clear strategic vision and stronger leadership for rail
WCRC gets Prohibition Notice
Ordsall Chord work closes Victoria and Salford
NTAR wins Innovation in Learning award
Wi-Fi for the Netherland’s busiest trains
Walrus sells over 1m tickets
Tube delay falls 38% in 4 years
Thales wins € 61.5m Spanish contract
£400k fine for Babcock

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Major landslip

Major landslip closes the Settle to Carlisle line between Carlisle and Appleby
Birmingham city centre tram extension looks set to open in the spring
The Conwy Valley line reopens a week ahead of schedule
Cheshire’s historic viaduct refurbishment completed
Plans for the transformation of Stockport station are revealed
Crossrail publishes key milestones for 2016
Metrolink begins running to Manchester’s new Exchange Square
Network Rail’s Orange Army clears the damage from Storm Desmond
Work to begin on South Yorkshire’s Tinsley Chord
Largest investment in railways since Victorian times set to continue

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