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Modern Railways December 2021

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Siemens challenges HS2 train contract award

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

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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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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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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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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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REACH FOR THE WIRE

Ian Walmsley

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

Ian Walmsley
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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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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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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
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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

WIGAN – BOLTON ELECTRIFICATION - Business case trumps high cost

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

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ELECTRIFICATION U-TURN - Taken to task on central direction

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

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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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SCOTLAND’S SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGE

Balancing revenues and costs and tackling climate change are the main priorities for the railway north of the border, as Transport Scotland’s Director of Rail BILL REEVE and Scotland’s Railway MD ALEX HYNES tell PHILIP SHERRATT

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Vivarail’s American dream

Class 230 exported for Pop-Up Metro demonstrations

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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

SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT

ROGER FORD

Five-car ‘710s’ still on top in New Train TIN-watch

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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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A STATION FIT FOR A QUEEN STREET?

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

GOVERNMENT RAISES TRAIN AIR QUALITY CONCERNS

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

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DfT secures extra billions – but no sign of IRP

The Department for Transport has received more funding in the Spending Review - but there is still no sign of the long awaited Integrated Rail Plan.

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TAKING BACK CONTROL

Ian Walmsley

The biggest research shock ever – cheaper signalling

Ian Walmsley

RESERVATIONS - Walk-on versus ambiance

ROGER FORD

■ Inter-city operators under fire
■ LNER running dual system

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West Mids rebuilds move forward

Good progress is being made with works at Perry Barr and University stations in the West Midlands

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11 extra DLR trains coming

CAF trains will support future growth in east London