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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.

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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.