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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.

Hybrid ‘165’ progress

The conversion of a Chiltern Railways Class 165 DMU to a low-emission electric hybrid drive has advanced, with the technology fitted to a vehicle and ready for initial testing.

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.

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GBR launches Whole Industry Strategic Plan call for evidence

Views are being sought to shape the Whole Industry Strategic Plan in a call for evidence.

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Heaton-Harris officially opens Werrington dive-under

The Werrington dive-under has been officially opened by Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris.

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Tyneside signalling to be upgraded

Signalling is being upgraded in North East England on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Alstom-Hitachi to build £2bn HS2 train fleet

Alstom and Hitachi have won the contract to build 54 trains for High Speed 2.

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DB ESG wins TfW Mk 4 door deal

DB ESG is to fit Selective Door Opening to TfW Wales Rail's fleet of Mk 4 coaches.

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Electrification in north’s decarbonisation plan

Transport for the North wants more electrification to decarbonise rail in Northern England.

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HoW works completed on time

Network Rail has successfully complete a 16-day blockade of the Heart of Wessex line.

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Chiltern wins six year National Rail Contract

Chiltern Railways has won a six-year National Rail Contract from the Department for Transport.

HS2 Chief Executive Mark Thurston starts boring of the one-mile-long Long Itchington Wood Tunnel on High Speed 2. News Premium

HS2 starts Long Itchington tunnelling

Tunnel boring has started on High Speed 2's Long Itchington Wood tunnel.

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Barmouth Viaduct repairs extended

Further corroded timbers mean repairs to Barmouth Viaduct will take longer than expected.

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First TfW FLIRTs arrive at Cardiff Canton

The first trains of TfW's 35-strong Class 231 fleet have arrived for testing at Cardiff Canton depot.

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Government spends £16.9 billion on rail in 2020/21

The latest report from the ORR reveals the extent of Government funding of the railways during the Covid pandemic.

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Northern leaders try to keep NPR schemes alive

Transport for the North is seeking an urgent meeting with the Government to discuss ways of delivering the full Northern Powerhouse Rail programme.

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RSSB launches air quality monitoring programme

The RSSB will monitor air quality at more than 100 stations across England and Wales to identify areas where intervention may be needed.