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Harper: no ‘big bang’ announcement on GBR

Transport Secretary insists rail reform is progressing

Portway Park & Ride opens to passengers

Portway Park & Ride station on the Severn Beach line in Bristol opened to passengers on 1 August

Thanet Parkway station opens

Thanet Parkway became the first new station in Kent in eight years when it opened to passengers on 31 July

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GWR’s integrated transport boosts bus and rail

Great Western Railway is leading efforts to make multi-modal transport easier for passengers. LUKE FARLEY talks to ANDY RODEN about the successes so far

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GWR seeks opportunities to grow

Managing Director MARK HOPWOOD tells PHILIP SHERRATT there is plenty of potential to increase rail’s economic contribution

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Chiltern introduces HVO fuel on ‘68s’

Operator takes first step in decarbonising

DB Cargo stands down electric locos due to cost concerns

Diesels to be used instead of Class 90s

HS2 seeks platform edge door supplier

HS2 has begun the search for a contractor to supply platform edge doors for Old Oak Common and Interchange stations

Ticket office closure consultation extended

1 September is new end date for consultation

More destinations for Avanti Superfare

Avanti West Coast has added 10 new destinations in the North West of England to its low-cost Superfare ticket range

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