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Curtailed HS2 Phase 2b unlikely to meet strategic priorities

The Government's preferred option for HS2's Eastern Leg may not meet its strategic priorities, according to a report made public on 24 January.

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Canary Wharf station transferred to TfL

TfL has taken possession of Canary Wharf station on Crossrail.

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Christmas progress for CVL upgrade

Rhodri Clark

A blockade of the Core Valley Lines (CVL) north of Pontypridd from 27 December to 6 January enabled Transport for Wales to undertake a variety of works, including installation of foundations for electrification masts.

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‘323’ sander contract awarded

AB Rail (part of AB Hoses & Fittings Ltd) has been selected to fit Dual Variable Rate Sanders (DVRS) to Class 323 EMUs.

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TfW postpones Class 230 introduction again

Rhodri Clark

Tram-trains on test in Valencia

Rhodri Clark
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First seeks bi-modes for TPE and ‘Night Riviera’

Could new locos for TPE and GWR's 'Night Riviera' be on the cards? FirstGroup has invited expressions of interest to supply bi-mode locomotives for the operations.

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HS2’s Crewe-Manchester Bill enters Parliament

The Bill for the Crewe-Manchester section of HS2 has been submitted to Parliament.

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GBR Advisory Panel meets for first time

The Advisory Panel for the Great British Railways Transition Team met for the first time on 19 January.

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First refrigerated goods service for Tesco

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Regular services from new terminal at Tilbury

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Testing milestone for new Subway trains

The first of the new Stadler-built trains for the Glasgow Subway entered the tunnels on the night of 4 December in a major milestone for the system’s modernisation.

Deadline nearing for Women in Rail Awards entries

Nominations must be submitted by 28 January

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Busy Christmas for Network Rail

Work on over 370 engineering projects was carried out by Network Rail during the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

Extra date for IRSE certificate

The Institute of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) has offered a new opportunity to sit its Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals on 26 March due to high demand.

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Northern seeking hybrid ‘195s’

Tony Miles

Battery EMUs sought for Trans-Pennine routes

Tony Miles
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Crossrail on track for ‘first half of year’ opening

Opening of Crossrail is expected in the first half of the year.

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Lichfield-Burton potential discussed

The West Midlands Rail Executive says passenger trains to Alrewas - serving the National Memorial Arboretum - could be reinstated relatively quickly.

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East Coast Digital Programme a path for major schemes – RIA

Partnership working and a clear vision on the East Coast Digital Programme could be a template for major projects on Great British Railways, suggests the Railway Industry Association.

Modern Railways January 2022 issue: video podcast

A video preview of the January 2022 issue of Modern Railways magazine

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ScotRail and CS EMAs extended

Emergency funding for ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper has been extended to run until February 2022.

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Tyne & Wear’s new Metro trains take shape

The first of Tyne and Wear Metro's new fleet is well under construction by Stadler.

RBF seeks donations to hit Christmas target

Rail charity Railway Benefit Fund is seeking donations to hit its Christmas appeal fundraising target.

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TfL funding extended until February

Additional funding has been secured to keep London's transport network running until February 2022.

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DfT caps regulated rail fare rises at 3.8%

Regulated rail fare rises will be limited to an average of 3.8% in 2022, with the increase deferred from January to March.

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HS2’s first London TBMs arrive

The first of six TBMs have arrived in London to bore HS2 tunnels.

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Breaking: passenger numbers fall due to Omicron fears

Passenger numbers are already falling sharply on the rail network due to the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

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Midland Metro services partially resume

Tram services on the West Midlands Metro have partially resumed following modifications to its tram fleet.

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Middlesbrough and Soham headline timetable changes

Tees-side to London launch and new station in Cambridgeshire among developments

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Rail freight recovers to pre-pandemic levels

The amount of rail freight being moved is now above pre-pandemic levels, according to the Office of Rail and Road

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Alstom signs 19-train DART deal

Alstom is to supply 19 new trains for the Dublin Area Rapid Transit system.

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Community Rail Awards celebrate partnership

The contribution of communities to the railway was marked at the Community Rail Awards on 9 December.