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Union Connectivity Review backs major rail upgrades

Upgrades to the West Coast, East Coast and North Wales Coast routes - plus railways in Northern Ireland are recommended by the Union Connectivity Review.

Modern Railways December 2021 issue: video podcast

Find out more about the December 2021 issue of Modern Railways

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Construction starts on Old Oak station box

Construction has begun on Old Oak Common station's box structure for High Speed 2.

CIRO hosts two-day learning conference

A two-day learning conference organised by the Chartered Institution of Railway Operators takes place in late November.

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Trial operations start on Crossrail

Trial operations have started on Crossrail - but no opening date has been announced.

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Integrated Rail Plan axes full HS2 network

The Integrated Rail Plan is axing the full High Speed 2 scheme, but electrification of the Midland main line to Sheffield is promised. PHILIP SHERRATT

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Bletchley flyover is completed

East West Rail's Bletchley flyover has been completed and is now ready for track laying.

Greengauge 21 calls for full Dartmoor Line reopening

Consultancy Greengauge 21 believes the Exeter to Okehampton route should be reinstated fully to Plymouth via Tavistock.

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Ballard acquires Arcola Energy

Ballard Power Systems has acquired Arcola Energy in a deal worth up to almost £30 million.

Salisbury to fully reopen on 16 November

The railway through Salisbury is due to fully reopen on 16 November following the collision at Fisherton Tunnel on 31 October.

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Trio of namings at Low Carbon Logistics event

Three freight locomotives were named as part of the three-day ‘Low Carbon Logistics’ event, held at the Mossend International Railfreight Park during COP26.

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Battery trial for TPE ‘802’

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Hitachi, Angel Trains and TransPennine Express are to test a retrofitted battery pack on one of the operator’s Class 802 bi-mode trains in 2022.

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Arcola showcases Scottish hydrogen conversion

Class 614 demonstration runs at Bo’ness next year

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New HydroFlex debuts at COP

Latest version of Porterbrook’s converted ‘319’

Rail highlights green credentials at COP26

Climate Train to Glasgow and alternative traction demos

Alstom and Eversholt sign UK hydrogen fleet deal

Alstom and Eversholt have signed a memorandum of understanding to supply the UK's first fleet of new-build hydrogen trains.

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Signalling market ‘not competitive enough’ says ORR

The ORR's signalling market study says the sector is not competitive enough - and has made five recommendations to help address this.

Bigger and better – exciting new venue for RVE 2022!

Our rolling stock show moves to Milton Keynes next year over two days

RAIB sets out scope of Salisbury collision investigation

Train did not stop despite emergency brake applications

RAIB probes railhead conditions in Salisbury crash

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch is probing the role railhead conditions could have played in the collision between GWR and SWR trains near Salisbury on 31 October.

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Viva Venturer battery '230' visits Scotland

Technology showcased with demonstration runs during COP26

Salisbury collision closes railway

Investigation under way after SWR and GWR services collide

Rail industry gears up for Modern Railways RVE show

Excitement is growing for the Modern Railways RVE Show at Derby Arena on 4 November.

ScotRail confirms extra COP26 services

ScotRail will run trains later into the night and strengthen formations on key routes for the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, which starts on 31 November.

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ScotRail and RMT agree deal before COP26

Strike action which could have disrupted Scotland's railway during the COP26 climate change conference has been cancelled after agreement was reached between ScotRail and the RMT union.

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Lumo set for service start

Open access London to Edinburgh service carries first passengers

Modern Railways November 2021 issue: video podcast

Find out more about the November 2021 issue of Modern Railways

London Euston station. The HS2 station left of the existing building is being cut back to 10 platforms. News Premium

HS2 Euston station cut to 10 platforms says Stephenson

High Speed 2's London Euston station is being cut from 11 to 10 platforms.

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HS2 shortlists more Phase 2a bidders

Three bidders have been shortlisted to lead the design and delivery of HS2 Phase 2a.

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RIA sets out six-point action plan for Government

Railway Industry Association calls on Government to commit to rail investment.