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DfT outlines future role for operators

ROGER FORD

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

ROGER FORD
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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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Half-term success for Staycation Express

Rail Charter Services reported good loadings on its tourist trains on the Settle and Carlisle line, which returned during the autumn half-term holiday at the end of October.

From little ‘Okes’ could mighty routes bloom?

Andy Roden

Could the Okehampton reopening provide a template for other projects?

Andy Roden

Lineside vegetation must be tackled

Salisbury collision brings rail adhesion issues to the fore

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A REVOLUTION FOR THE PICCADILLY LINE

Andy Roden

A new generation of trains for the Piccadilly Line is now under construction. Siemens Director of Major Programmes DAVE HOOPER and TfL Programme Delivery Engineer SIMON FORD talk to ANDY RODEN about the challenges in designing and introducing them

Andy Roden
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Okehampton rejoins the National Rail network

Completion in nine months with Project Speed ethos

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Modern Railways December 2021

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Siemens challenges HS2 train contract award

ROGER FORD

▄ Preferred Joint Venture bid failed on technical assessment
▄ Injunction sought to halt ministerial approval
▄ Third legal challenge after CAF and Talgo

ROGER FORD
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Edinburgh Trams extends

Services to Newhaven on course for 2023 start

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BROKEN ARROW

Ian Walmsley

If it ain’t broke – keep trying

Ian Walmsley
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High-speed people

High Speed 2 and contractors are running a major programme to recruit apprentices. One of them, JOAB LITTLEFIELD, talks to ANDY RODEN about his experiences on Britain’s new railway

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LNER takes on more ‘225s’

Extra rakes to bolster fleet while Azuma cracking issues are resolved

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North to South Wales Mk 4 service expanded

Rhodri Clark

Three return workings a day with '67s' and Mk 4s

Rhodri Clark
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WHAT’S NEW?

Ian Walmsley

A stroll around Railtex shows an industry down, but not out

Ian Walmsley
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ROUTING HIGH SPEED 2

During High Speed 2’s extensive planning, many options were considered for the route. DAN HARVEY explains how and why the final selection was made

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Czech Republic looks to high-speed future

The Czech Republic has ambitious plans to expand its high-speed rail network. KEITH FENDER reveals how the network will be transformed by 2050

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REACH FOR THE WIRE

Ian Walmsley

Innovation where it is most needed, cutting the cost of electrification

Ian Walmsley
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Bringing new life to Scottish stations

JOHN YELLOWLEES, ScotRail’s Honorary Rail Ambassador and a member of the Railway Heritage Trust’s Advisory Panel, reviews recent restoration projects north of the border

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Welsh service enhancements will go ahead

Rhodri Clark

Second hourly service on Ebbw Vale line in December

Rhodri Clark

ELECTRIFICATION U-TURN - Taken to task on central direction

ROGER FORD

■ Centralisation deprecated all round
■ Industry proposes turnkey contracts
■ Informed sources put me straight

ROGER FORD

WIGAN – BOLTON ELECTRIFICATION - Business case trumps high cost

ROGER FORD

■ Six route miles tops GWEP unit costs 
■ 17 bridges highlights civils cost challenge 
■ National Electrification Efficiency Panel in challenge mode

ROGER FORD
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HIGHLANDS BOUNCE BACK

Scotland’s Highland railways have survived the pandemic and are full of potential for the future, HITRANS’ FRANK ROACH tells JAMES ABBOTT

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Willesden’s logistics revival

The former Euroterminal site is playing a pivotal role in HS2’s London operations, reports PHILIP SHERRATT

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CVL masts start to appear

Rhodri Clark

Signs of electrification progress on Core Valley Lines

Rhodri Clark
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SUBWAY CELEBRATES MAJOR MILESTONES

ANTONY SMITH, Director of Subway at Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, tells PHILIP SHERRATT about plans to mark the Glasgow underground’s 125th birthday and progress with the ongoing modernisation

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Vivarail’s American dream

Class 230 exported for Pop-Up Metro demonstrations

GOVERNMENT RAISES TRAIN AIR QUALITY CONCERNS

ROGER FORD

■ RSSB research highlights complex problem
■ Hitachi bi-modes and Voyagers the worst offenders
■ More trains to be monitored
■ Swift action promised

ROGER FORD
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A STATION FIT FOR A QUEEN STREET?

ANN GLEN charts the history of Glasgow’s historic station following its recent renaissance

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HS2 LOOKS UP IN LONDON

Construction of High Speed 2’s Old Oak Common station and crossover box is gathering pace. ANDY RODEN visits the sites to reveal how these vital parts of the HS2 jigsaw are taking shape