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Return to Cardiff

Ian Walmsley

‘The pithead bath’s a supermarket now’sang Max Boyce. At Canton the diesel fuel tank is now a substation, which doesn’t scan quite so well but is a sign of progress

Ian Walmsley
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Blockade blitz


Network Rail’s Southern Region has mastered the art of longer, more productive closures of the railway for maintenance, with Wessex Route leading the way. PHILIP SHERRATT reports

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Rail industry must unlock innovation – RIA

The Railway Industry Association is calling for major improvements to the way innovations are funded and brought to deployment stage in the rail industry.

First refurbished ‘390’ enters traffic

The first refurbished Class 390 is now in passenger traffic.

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Passenger assistance booking times cut to two hours

Operators around the country have cut the notice required for passengers to book assistance for their rail journeys.

Merseyrail to return to 15-minute frequency

Merseyrail is to return to a 15-minute frequency on most routes from 2 May.

25,000 rail staff trained by Samaritans to save lives

MSO Karl from Lingwood Security Management was the 25,000th member of rail staff to take the Samaritans' Managing Suicidal Contacts course.

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Time to enter teams for Big Rail Diversity Challenge

There is still time to enter teams in the Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2022.

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Green HST proposed for Heart of Wales ‘Red Kite’

James Abbott

Plans are being drawn up to capitalise on the scenic value of the Heart of Wales line in the summer of 2023 with a tourist HST service

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Limited scope for train operator cost cuts


■ Switch from net premium to subsidy signalled problems
■ Rolling stock and track access dominate rises
■ Costs stabilised after year-on-year increases


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