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Rail reform – Labour cuts the Gordian knot

Setting out Labour’s plan: Shadow Transport Secretary Louise...

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A high-speed experience

IN FOCUS SOUTHERN REGION PHILIP SHERRATT takes a ride up front...

Bi-mode '450s' for West of England? Nos 450037/053 approach Clapham Junction on 18 April 2024. Philip Sherratt News Premium

Bi-modes for West of England?

Battery-electric '450s' could replace Class 158/159 DMUs on West of England main line

Battery trial: A TPE Class 802 awaits departure with the 16.11 Edinburgh-Manchester on 19 February 2024. Philip Sherratt News Premium

Hitachi starts TPE ‘802’ battery trial

Trial informs business case for inter-city BEMUs

Merriman to stand down at General Election

Minister also served on Transport Committee from 2015 to 2022

Strong social value: the Raiway Mission generated £1.8 million worth over the last year. Railway Mission News Premium

Railway Mission brings £1.8m of value to industry

RSSB's updated Rail Social Value Tool demonstrates charity's worth

Promoting the best in rail safety

Rail Safety Week steering group Chair SIMON HIGGENS tells ANDY...

HS2: white elephant to red arrow

Railtalk HS2, our spanking new 225mph railway, is turning...

Modern Railways plans GBRF gala at the Nene Valley Railway

Join us for a a special gala weekend based around Peterborough and the Nene Valley Railway on September 7/8 2024. This brand-new one-off event for 2024 is being organised by Modern Railways with support from sister publication Hornby Magazine. Find our more and book your advance tickets here.

Networkers to be upgraded or replaced? South Eastern Nos 465922/926 call at London Bridge with 23 February 2024's 0934 Charing Cross-Gravesend. Philip Sherratt News Premium

Five shortlisted for Networker replacement

Upgrades, cascades or new build considered

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