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Return to Cardiff

‘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

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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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HS2 East will be extended, claims West Midlands Mayor

WEST MIDLANDS Mayor Andy Street says High Speed 2’s eastern leg will go ahead in full eventually

Rail reform – all words and no action?

Our columnist questions the pace of progress a year on from the publication of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail

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Green HST proposed for Heart of Wales ‘Red Kite’

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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Community rail: as you like it

After just two years the work of volunteers is already having a major impact on the Shakespeare line

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Staggering seats

PriestmanGoode offer the first-of-a-kind seat layout. Here is Proteus – brought to you by Innovate UK, Angel Trains and Chiltern Railways

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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Staycation Express suspended for 2022

RAIL CHARTER Services has confirmed that its summer service over the Settle to Carlisle line, popularly called the Staycation Express, will not operate in 2022.

Anglia pioneers 21st Century Operations

■ Network Operations Strategy starting to deliver
■ Liverpool Street IECC pilots radical reorganisation
■ Key role for Luminate TMS

Piccadilly Line 2024 stock mock-up unveiled

Mayor calls for capital investment to secure TfL supply chain

Time is not on our side

Can we afford to wait for rail reform?

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Bradford will benefit from IRP, says Minister

Light rail boost is preferable to new line to Manchester, claims Stephenson

Trackwatch - May 2022 issue

Our monthly summary of network changes

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Waterside service could be restored in 2024

CONFIDENCE IS growing that the green light will be given for passenger services to be restored on the Waterside line on the west side of Southampton Water under the ‘Restoring Your Railway’ programme

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GBR HQ: place your bets

The answer to the ultimate question is 42. The number of bidders for the new 222 Marylebone Road

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Minister aims to have GBR in place in early 2024

Emphasis on devolved structure of new organisation

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South Western signals upgraded

The major schemes at Feltham and on the Portsmouth Direct line are headlining the Control Period 6 signalling programme in Wessex

Island line ‘484s’ enter the fray

Comings and goings in New Train TIN-watch

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Modern Railways May 2022

The full issue in page-turning format

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Gentlemen, please lift the seat

Train toilets are never pleasant places – this innovation might just make them better. Don’t read this over your breakfast, or if you think the innovation process works

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Rail rises to the COP26 challenge

Whistles Special Award recognises combined effort for climate change conference

Wigan – Bolton: NEEP goes in hard

■ Civils costs halved
■ Bridge reconstruction slashed
■ Overdue renewals distort cost
■ Overheads exposed

Trackwatch - April 2022 issue

A digest of the main changes on Network Rail, London Underground and Northern Ireland Railways infrastructure during January 2022

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East West Rail makes tracks

The revived railway between Bicester and Bletchley is on schedule for commissioning in 2024, EWR Alliance Deputy Director MARK JAMES tells PHILIP SHERRATT

Electrification: Prove you can deliver, demands DfT

■ TRU and MML electrification test cases for cost reduction claims
■ TDNS rolling programme on hold
■ ‘Stop moaning’, electrification proponents told
■ Network Rail Board goes full duckweed

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Uckfield third rail is NR priority

Aim to mitigate safety risk and earn ORR approval

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New HS2 Euston concept unveiled

Provision for oversite development in new look

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New HS2 fleet details set out

Split of work between Alstom and Hitachi confirmed

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Going underground: a trip on the Elizabeth Line

​​​​​​​Editor Philip Sherratt enjoys a preview ride on London’s newest railway