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Battery-electric No 777142 departs from Headbolt Lane station on 5 October 2023. Tony Miles News Premium

Headbolt Lane station opens

Debut for Merseyrail's battery-powered Class 777s

Urgent repairs: Network Rail has restricted trains on the Plessey viaduct near Morpeth to one line running. Network Rail News Premium

Plessey viaduct repairs reduce ECML to single track

Precast concrete parapet fails on 1840s structure

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ECML timetable change targeted for December 2024

SoS Harper gives go ahead for changes

Chris Green, Howard Smith and Gordon Pettitt - lifetime achievement winners at the Golden Whistles. News Premium

Calling all operators!

Prestigious awards celebrate operating excellence

Commodity and operator both in growth: DCRail’s No 56091 leading No 56301 on the 6O15 Willesden DC Sidings to Chessington South aggregates train at Wimbledon on 3 October 2023. Jamie Squibbs News Premium

Bright spots amid rail freight decline

Intermodal and construction traffic up; coal down

Competition concerns cleared: the CMA has approved Hitachi Rail's takeover of Thales' signalling business. Philip Sherratt News Premium

CMA clears Hitachi/Thales deal

Hitachi to sell main line signalling business

Great Eastern investment: visual of the new station at Beaulieu Park, north of Chelmsford. Courtesy Network Rail News Premium

Beaulieu Park contract awarded

Station to open in 2025

How can rail investments be planned wisely?

CPK demonstrates tools and concepts

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VIDEO: Challenges and opportunities for rail in the North

There is growth potential for the region’s network

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VIDEO: Rail’s role in Manchester’s Bee Network

London-style integrated system the objective

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