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Williams-Shapps: what future for open access?

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■ Increased track access charges for new ventures
■ Revenue abstraction criteria eased
■ Existing operators protected

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Seeking the cure for cracks

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DfT goes legal as Hitachi 800 Series saga continues

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Williams-Shapps Plan: creating the new model railway

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ROGER FORD CONTINUES HIS ANALYSIS OF THE WILLIAMS-SHAPPS PLAN
■ DfT developing ‘operating model’
■ Transition Team in action
■ Timelines emerging

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Siemens reboots affordable signalling renewals

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Low Cost Digital Ready approach to be applied in Devon and Cornwall

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Hardware hamstrings ECML 2022 timetable plans

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■ Deferral recommended to May 2023
■ Azuma crack repair timescale still unknown
■ Grid supply upgrade delay
■ £1.2bn enhancements waiting

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ROLLING STOCK: WILLIAMS-SHAPPS PLAN CREATES VACUUM

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Roger Ford analyses the rolling stock implications of the White Paper

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LESSONS FROM THE RECORD RUN

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What can we learn from Avanti West Coast's London to Glasgow speed run?

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Electrification metric rediscovered

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How can we prioritise electrification schemes?

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Reliability metrics compared

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MTIN vs 701(D) – if it ain’t broke?

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Can we afford to demonise the diesel?

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■ No immediate CO 2 reduction from hydrogen 
■ Uncertain electrification programme blocks DMU cascade
■ Government 2040 withdrawal date ‘an ambition’
■ Synthetic fuel offers carbon neutral diesel traction

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