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800 Series cracking – ORR final report

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■ No independent technical investigation
■ Call for review of standards
■ Six-year modification programme
■ Four weeks out of service for nine-car set
■ Fresh crack locations emerging

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Rail reform – all words and no action?

ALAN WILLIAMS

Our columnist questions the pace of progress a year on from the publication of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail

ALAN WILLIAMS
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Staycation Express suspended for 2022

RAIL CHARTER Services has confirmed that its summer service over the Settle to Carlisle line, popularly called the Staycation Express, will not operate in 2022.

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GBR HQ: place your bets

Ian Walmsley

The answer to the ultimate question is 42. The number of bidders for the new 222 Marylebone Road

Ian Walmsley

Time is not on our side

Can we afford to wait for rail reform?

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Minister aims to have GBR in place in early 2024

Emphasis on devolved structure of new organisation

Class 80x cracks to be repaired at Eastleigh

The entire Class 80x fleet is to have cracks repaired at Arlington Fleet Services, Eastleigh.

Chasing Will o’the WISP

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■ Consultation on 30-year plan
■ Public competition for GBR HQ
■ Legislation lagging privatisation timescale

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Vivarail’s battery ‘230’ for Greenford branch

VivaRail's battery powered Class 230 demonstrator will operate on the Greenford branch to test the underlying technology.

DfT outlines future role for operators

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■ First PSC tendered next year – let in 2024
■ Includes responsibility for train procurement

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