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Spanners celebrate most reliable fleets

Annual fleet reliability awards presented

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Union Connectivity Review backs major rail upgrades

Upgrades to the West Coast, East Coast and North Wales Coast routes - plus railways in Northern Ireland are recommended by the Union Connectivity Review.

Modern Railways December 2021 issue: video podcast

Find out more about the December 2021 issue of Modern Railways

DfT outlines future role for operators

ROGER FORD

■ First PSC tendered next year – let in 2024
■ Includes responsibility for train procurement

ROGER FORD
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GCRE promises to be testing gamechanger

James Abbott

Progress is being made with the Welsh Government’s plans to build a world class rail testing centre at the Nant Helen surface mine and Onllwyn coal washery at the head of the Dulais and Tawe valleys, with around £80 million pledged of the approximately £200 million needed to build the facility.

James Abbott
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Half-term success for Staycation Express

Rail Charter Services reported good loadings on its tourist trains on the Settle and Carlisle line, which returned during the autumn half-term holiday at the end of October.

From little ‘Okes’ could mighty routes bloom?

Andy Roden

Could the Okehampton reopening provide a template for other projects?

Andy Roden
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Construction starts on Old Oak station box

Construction has begun on Old Oak Common station's box structure for High Speed 2.

CIRO hosts two-day learning conference

A two-day learning conference organised by the Chartered Institution of Railway Operators takes place in late November.

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Trial operations start on Crossrail

Trial operations have started on Crossrail - but no opening date has been announced.

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The brainchild of Institution of Railway Operators luminary and now West Dorset MP Chris Loder, the Golden Whistles event was founded in 2010 to promote best practice and celebrate excellence in railway operations.

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Our Rail in Wales and the West conference reverts to its usual format as an in-person event for spring 2022. With the exciting plans in the new Wales and Borders franchise and continuing developments on the Western there is much to reflect on and look forward to.