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Strikes hit freight levels

Strikes - plus deep sea shipping disruption and falling consumer confidence hit rail freight levels.

Passenger numbers rise to 80% of pre-pandemic levels

LNER is the only franchised operator to exceed pre-pandemic passenger numbers, according to the Office of Rail and Road.

GWR HSTs to go in December

Castle sets to be replaced by IETs and other DMUs

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Oxford invests £4.5m in Cowley design works

Full Business Case to be delivered by Network Rail

The £104 million Metro Flow project has been completed in Tyne and Wear. Pan Up Premium

Metro services resume as Flow is completed

£104 million project commissioned ten days behind schedule: reliabilty set to improve

DOO row derails TOC negotiations

Proposals to extend Driver Only Operation cause talks between RDG and RMT to collapse

Transcript: Transport Secretary Harper refuses to deny Government interference at TSC

A transcript of Transport Secretary Mark Harper's refusal to deny Governmental interference in negotiations between the rail industry and unions at the Transport Select Committee

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Modern Railways January 2023

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A London Northwestern Railway Class 230: Vivarail's administration means services between Bedford and Bletchley are suspended. News Premium

Vivarail administration suspends Bedford-Bletchley service

Vivarail maintains LNWR '230s' - availability no longer guaranteed

IRSE updates Metro Train Control Systems book

Latest update collated by TfL Chief Engineer Clair Porter

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