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The return to rail, Essex-style

Vicki Pipe

Our new columnist VICKI PIPE travels on a Bucket & Spade special to the Sunshine Coast

Vicki Pipe

Siemens reboots affordable signalling renewals


Low Cost Digital Ready approach to be applied in Devon and Cornwall

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Decarbonising Scotland's Railway

With longstanding aspirations to electrify virtually all of its rail network, Scotland’s Railway has big ambitions for decarbonising its operations, on and off track. Andy Roden investigates its progress and ambitions

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Rail showcases environmental potential

Martin Frobisher, Group Safety & Engineering Director at Network Rail, explains to Roger Ford that tackling environmental challenges is about more than just decarbonising traction

Time for action on bridge strikes

Incident east of Plymouth highlights the case for action

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The summer of (7)69

Ian Walmsley

I always thought this one was a bad idea

Ian Walmsley
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HS2 goes green at Euston

A new piling technique that cuts down concrete use is just one of many environmental initiatives on the new railway, reports JAMES ABBOTT

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Modern Railways October 2021

The full issue in page-turning format

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TO BE OR NOT TO BE? ‘Strat’ is the question…

Reversing the 1976 closure of the railway from Stratford-upon-Avon to Honeybourne is the aim of one of the larger Restoring your Railway bids. Will this reinstatement solve some of the town’s long-standing transport problems?

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MODAL SWITCH OF FREIGHT TO RAIL: how, how much and where?

How can rail freight best play its role in achieving net zero, asks JULIAN WORTH

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Improving Anglian performance

Greater Anglia’s Engineering Director MARTIN BEABLE and Train Service Delivery Director JAY THOMPSON explained to an Institution of Railway Operators webinar how the company has worked to improve performance

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The Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey branch has huge potential, reports James Abbott

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Daventry Parkway: the right station at the right time?

Daventry is reckoned to be one of the largest towns in England without a rail link. HARRY BURR of Sustainable Transport Midlands talks to ANDY RODEN about the possibilities a new parkway station could offer


Our monthly editorial focuses on current scheduling challenges facing the industry

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Managing Director JAMIE BURLES talks to PHILIP SHERRATT about the post-Covid outlook for railways in East Anglia


Network Rail has awarded full product acceptance (PA05/07464) of Bender UK’s RS4 Tier 2 Intelligent Insulation Monitoring System after numerous live trials of the equipment.

Hitachi cracking woes worsen

Meanwhile, Northern ‘769s’ join the New Train TIN-watch table

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Mobile station managers minimise ECML disruption

Scarred by engineering overruns at King’s Cross in Christmas 2014, Govia Thameslink Railway was determined to make things run as smoothly as possible during the recent East Coast Upgrade. COLIN ORD and DAVID GOTT talk to ANDY RODEN about why a new Mobile Station Manager role was created and why it has proved so successful

Alan Williams - September 2021

Alan Williams discusses unpopular timetable changes proposed for North East England

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James Abbott

Local politicians and rail activists are keen to see passenger services restored to the Fawley branch, reports James Abbott

James Abbott
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Anglia revisited

The Superannuated Anoraks emerge from lockdown and return to Jurassic Park

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VERY LIGHT RAIL: a viable lead to reopenings?

Where heavy rail is perceived to be too expensive to reopen former routes, the rapidly developing concept of Very Light Rail could be vital to ensuring modal shift. ANDY RODEN looks at its potential and limitations

Decarbonising transport - can Network Rail deliver?

■ Concerns over TRU and MML Phase 3 costs
■ Central technical direction needed
■ Regional responsibility risks fragmentation

Transport decarbonisation - India shows the way

■ Strong central direction
■ Total commitment by government and industry
■ Mission 100% electrification

Transport decarbonisation - now show us the money

■ Unambiguous commitments to electrification n Freight the clear winner
■ Third rail infill options to be pursued
■ ‘Sparks effect’ acknowledged

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Destination Newport?

Ambition for rail connection to the Isle of Wight’s county town

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Battersea boost imminent

MARTIN GOSLING, Transport for London’s Project Director for the Northern Line extension, tells PHILIP SHERRATT about the final preparations for the autumn opening of the new branch from Kennington

Between the Lines - September 2021

Chris Stokes

Chris Stokes discusses the merits of devolution for the railway

Chris Stokes

Hardware hamstrings ECML 2022 timetable plans


■ Deferral recommended to May 2023
■ Azuma crack repair timescale still unknown
■ Grid supply upgrade delay
■ £1.2bn enhancements waiting


Trackwatch - September 2021

A digest of the main changes on Network Rail, London Underground and Northern Ireland Railways infrastructure during June 2021