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Barmouth Viaduct repairs extended

Further corroded timbers mean repairs to Barmouth Viaduct will take longer than expected.

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First TfW FLIRTs arrive at Cardiff Canton

The first trains of TfW's 35-strong Class 231 fleet have arrived for testing at Cardiff Canton depot.

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Government spends £16.9 billion on rail in 2020/21

The latest report from the ORR reveals the extent of Government funding of the railways during the Covid pandemic.

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Northern leaders try to keep NPR schemes alive

Transport for the North is seeking an urgent meeting with the Government to discuss ways of delivering the full Northern Powerhouse Rail programme.

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RSSB launches air quality monitoring programme

The RSSB will monitor air quality at more than 100 stations across England and Wales to identify areas where intervention may be needed.

Spanners celebrate most reliable fleets

Annual fleet reliability awards presented

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Union Connectivity Review backs major rail upgrades

Upgrades to the West Coast, East Coast and North Wales Coast routes - plus railways in Northern Ireland are recommended by the Union Connectivity Review.

Modern Railways December 2021 issue: video podcast

Find out more about the December 2021 issue of Modern Railways

DfT outlines future role for operators

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■ First PSC tendered next year – let in 2024
■ Includes responsibility for train procurement

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GCRE promises to be testing gamechanger

James Abbott

Progress is being made with the Welsh Government’s plans to build a world class rail testing centre at the Nant Helen surface mine and Onllwyn coal washery at the head of the Dulais and Tawe valleys, with around £80 million pledged of the approximately £200 million needed to build the facility.

James Abbott

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Our Rail in Wales and the West conference reverts to its usual format as an in-person event for spring 2022. With the exciting plans in the new Wales and Borders franchise and continuing developments on the Western there is much to reflect on and look forward to.