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Industry marketing campaign launched

Campaign aims to encourage return of revenue

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Welsh stations reopen as restrictions lift

Scotland eases distancing requirements as well

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Turbostar naming marks Leicester boost

CrossCountry Turbostar No 170622 was named Pride of Leicester in a ceremony held at UK Rail Leasing’s Beal Street depot in the city on 3 August. The unit became the first Turbostar to carry a cast nameplate.

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Intelligent stop-start for Voyagers

An intelligent engine stop-start system is being trialled on a CrossCountry Voyager with a view to rolling out the technology across the fleet.

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February 2022 targeted for Crossrail opening

Full Elizabeth Line service likely in May 2023

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More cycle spaces for ScotRail HSTs

Plans are being developed to increase the amount of cycle space on ScotRail HSTs, used on its inter-city services.

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Hydrogen ‘158’ proposed for Highlands

A packaging study has been commissioned by the Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership (HITRANS) to examine how hydrogen equipment could be fitted into a Class 158 DMU.

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