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Analysis: PM in impossible bind on HS2

Refusal to deny plans to axe Northern legs raises concern in Midlands and North

Extra tracks suggested here: West Midlands Trains Class 350s pass at Milton Keynes on 11 October 2022. On the far side of the shot No 350123 leads the 12.05 Northampton to Euston, while in the foreground another pair of units forms the 11.49 Euston to Birmingham New Street. Ken Brunt News Premium

Released capacity options for WCML all positive

Network Rail study: all scenarios provide economic benefits and modal shift

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Modern Railways October 2023

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Electrification priority: West Midlands Trains unit No 172215 leads the 11.15 Worcester Foregate Street to Dorridge service at Rowley Regis on the Snow Hill lines on 22 May 2023. John Whitehouse News Premium

West Midlands calls for long-term view

New tunnels under Birmingham and Wolverhampton-Coventry quadrupling proposed

Ready for opening at last: West Midlands Metro tram No 57 at Wolverhampton station on a driver familarisation trip on the new extension on 29 August 2023. John Whitehouse News Premium

Trams finally reach Wolverhampton station

New extension opened on 17 September

ScotRail marks 40th anniversary

Structures, staff and history celebrated on milestone date

New station, but stock on notice: the new White Rose station, between Leeds and Dewsbury, is taking shape in this view from 10 August 2023, as TransPennine Express Nova 3 set TP08 passes on the 14.48 Scarborough to Manchester Piccadilly. Mike Haddon News Premium

TPE Nova 3s withdrawn from December - to go to Chiltern?

Cracking solution developed; Chiltern could replace Mk 3s

Voyager on open access duties: Grand Central has recently taken on two former Avanti West Coast Class 221s to augment its fleet following availability challenges with its Class 180s. No 221142 has gained striking vinyls on the two driving coaches, visible as it heads north at Offord Cluny, Cambridgeshire with the 14.56 King’s Cross to Wakefield Kirkgate on 31 August 2023. Blake Cracknell News Premium

Grand Union revises Stirling plan to use ‘22Xs’

DEMUs to be refreshed and refurbished for Euston-Stirling operation

Extra Voyagers in new CrossCountry contract

Full fleet refurbishment and direct Cardiff to Edinburgh service also planned

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