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ScotRail consults on post-Covid timetable

May 2022 recast to provide foundation for future enhancements

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ScotRail consults on post-Covid timetable - full report

Why ScotRail is proposing a new timetable from May 2022, and a detailed explanation of the plans

Decarbonising transport - can Network Rail deliver?

■ Concerns over TRU and MML Phase 3 costs
■ Central technical direction needed
■ Regional responsibility risks fragmentation

Transport decarbonisation - India shows the way

■ Strong central direction
■ Total commitment by government and industry
■ Mission 100% electrification

Transport decarbonisation - now show us the money

■ Unambiguous commitments to electrification n Freight the clear winner
■ Third rail infill options to be pursued
■ ‘Sparks effect’ acknowledged

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Destination Newport?

Ambition for rail connection to the Isle of Wight’s county town

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Battersea boost imminent

MARTIN GOSLING, Transport for London’s Project Director for the Northern Line extension, tells PHILIP SHERRATT about the final preparations for the autumn opening of the new branch from Kennington

Between the Lines - September 2021

Chris Stokes discusses the merits of devolution for the railway

Hardware hamstrings ECML 2022 timetable plans

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

Trackwatch - September 2021

A digest of the main changes on Network Rail, London Underground and Northern Ireland Railways infrastructure during June 2021

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