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On-board upgrade option: the Standard Plus accommodation in No 197115, viewed from near the cab bulkhead. Rhodri Clark News Premium

Debut for ‘197’ with Standard Plus seating

Specific Standard Plus upgrade for Class 197s

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Smith takes helm at IRR

IRR role: Anthony Smith. FORMER TRANSPORT Focus Chair Anthony...

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Brown to chair RDG

ARRIVA MANAGING Director UK Trains David Brown is the new chair...

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Modern Railways February 2024

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HS2 progress: the deck of the Wendover Dean viaduct being push-launched into position. HS2 News Premium

HS2's Thompson slams immature budgets on infrastructure projects

Executive Chairman criticises infrastructure planning; says Manchester capacity could be reduced

GWR plans Bristol-Oxford services

Trial service could start in September

Levenmouth signalling commissioned

Passenger services set to start in the summer

Sole order: an artist's impression of one of LNER's forthcoming CAF tri-mode trains. CAF News Premium

No new train deals until end of 2024?

Order vacuum continues - next contract due to start at end of 2024

The first Class 701 entered service on 9 January. Philip Sherratt News Premium

Soft launch introduction for SWR ‘701’

New trains to trickle into service - four years after planned start.

A Hull Trains Class 802 on the East Coast main line. Courtesy FirstGroup News Premium

First bids for Sheffield-King’s Cross paths

New operation could be First's third on ECML

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