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Platform palaver

PLATFORM NUMBERING – a straightforward business, surely...

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Four decades in the Editor’s chair

James Abbott

To mark JAMES ABBOTT’S retirement as Editor of Modern Railways...

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TfW ‘230’ testing begins

D-train for Wales...

New Shadow Transport Secretary

JIM McMAHON has been appointed as Shadow Transport Secretary...

No need to touch door handles

RUSSIAN RAILWAYS (RZD) is currently testing 36 attachments for door handles...

Between the Lines

Chris Stokes

I’m most grateful to Chris Rowley, Network Rail’s Capacity Planning Director...

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Notice to Proceed for HS2

On 15 April the Government gave approval for High Speed 2 Ltd to issue ‘Notice to Proceed’ to its main works contractors for Phase One, linking London with Birmingham.

Southeastern to take ‘707s’ from SWR

The fleet of 30×5-car Class 707 EMUs is to move from South Western Railway to Southeastern as part of the latter’s new contract, which began on 1 April.

West of England capacity boost in new GWR deal

The new direct award franchise for FirstGroup to continue operating the Great Western Railway franchise until at least March 2023 includes significant plans to improve capacity in the West of England.

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COVID-19 and the rail industry


With passenger numbers down and reduced timetables, the UK's railways are feeling the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. But, as Modern Railways editor Phil Sherratt explains, they are also playing a key part in keeping the country functioning.


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