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TfL tenders for new DLR franchise

Contract worth up to £2.3 billion

Not with a bang

Ticket office controversy highlights the disintegration of the railway

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Testing, testing: B23s set for service in 2024

The DLR’s new trains are on course to carry passengers next year, reports JAMES ABBOTT

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Great Turbostar Journeys

Fed up with the pleasure being ripped out of rail travel? It is still possible to enjoy exploring by train

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Piccadilly progress: 2024 stock reaches Wildenrath

New trains should be in service on the Piccadilly Line in 2025, Siemens Mobility’s SAMBIT BANERJEE tells JAMES ABBOTT

Passenger revenue recovery stabilising

■ Revenue now consistently just under £10.5bn a year
■ Long-distance travel leads recovery
■ Elizabeth Line success distorting data

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Etches Park gets fit for the future

The arrival of East Midlands Railway’s Aurora bi-modes is not the only driving factor behind upgrades to the Derby depot, reports PHILIP SHERRATT

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Building on the success of the Elizabeth Line

With a full timetable now up and running, TfL’s Elizabeth Line Director HOWARD SMITH tells PHILIP SHERRATT what is next for London’s new railway

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Connecting the tube

Mobile connectivity is being rolled out across the London Underground and Elizabeth Line – at no cost to London’s taxpayers. PHILIP SHERRATT explains how it is being delivered

Has signalling lost the plot?

■ Specifications still in ‘NR credit card’ mode
■ ORR competition addiction out of touch with reality
■ ‘ETCS-ready’ trains face obsolescence

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