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Network Rail slims ahead of GBR

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■ Last decade’s headcount growth reversed
■ Redundancies to follow VSS
■ More savings from GBR efficiencies

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Operators facing revenue-cost gap

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■ Omicron reversed ridership revival
■ Treasury sustains revenue support
■ Costs continued to increase through 2020-21

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Chasing Will o’the WISP

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■ Consultation on 30-year plan
■ Public competition for GBR HQ
■ Legislation lagging privatisation timescale

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Lumo ‘803s’ leap into the lead

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New entrant to New Train TIN-watch goes straight to the top

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800 Series – Hitachi’s remedial mods break cover

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■ Substantial yaw damper arm mountings dwarf similar trains
■ Machined castings include bodyside stiffening
■ Alternative solutions reported on trial train

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New HS2 fleet - short on detail

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■ Train weight and seating claims confused
■ UK gauge ETR1000 likely
■ Mystery pantograph highlighted

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Operators face ongoing new train woes

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■ Alstom: Class 701 joins record lateness club
■ CAF: trams suffer weld failures
■ Hitachi: low availability compounds cracking issues
■ Stadler: passenger’s favourite tries maintainers

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Passenger traffic recovery - LNER shows the way

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■ 20 points clear of next franchised long-distance TOC
■ ECML open access operators also recovered strongly
■ Greater freedom of action with OLR?

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Table-toppers improving

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​Reliability growth in New Train TIN-watch is slow, but there are more graduates on the horizon

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The Golden Spanners 2021: mixed fortunes for fleet reliability

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With late deliveries and technical problems compounding the impact of the pandemic, Industry and Technology Editor ROGER FORD tries to extract information from the mixed data in a troubled year

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