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Attracting passengers back to rail

Ralph Hilsdon, Railfuture

Railfuture webinar on 3 October focuses on winning passengers back

Ralph Hilsdon, Railfuture

Transitional ERMAs pave the way to management contracts

Rail franchising has ended, say UK Government ministers, as Emergency Recovery Management Agreements (ERMAs) have succeeded the Emergency Measures Agreements (EMAs) introduced in March at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

Uckfield electrification in second Project Speed round

Project Speed, a Network Rail and Government initiative to halve the delivery time and slash the cost of rail projects, has entered its second phase with a further seven schemes.

Electrostar upgrade programme

Govia Thameslink Railway and Porterbrook have announced a £55 million modernisation programme for Class 377 and 387 Electrostar EMUs.

Modern Railways October 2020 issue: video podcast

Our 'Pan Up' correspondent Ian Walmsley returns to host our latest video podcast talking about the contents of the October 2020 issue of the magazine. The video includes contributions from Editor Philip Sherratt and Industry and Technology Editor Roger Ford.

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Modern Railways October 2020

Welcome to Modern Railways October 2020

WELSH TEST TRACK PLANS SUBMITTED

AN OUTLINE business case has been submitted for a new test track...

TfL PAUSES UNFUNDED PROJECTS

THE CORONAVIRUS pandemic has forced Transport for London to pause...

Refreshed ‘221’

REFRESH WORK on the first Avanti West Coast Class 221 Super Voyager...

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL

As we approach the end of the summer, the stress and uncertainty...

Hither Green resignalling completed

THE £81 million resignalling at Hither Green has been completed...

DURHAM JOINS EVERSHOLT

EVERSHOLT RAIL has appointed Tim Durham as Business Development...

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Rail in the North of England

York, United Kingdom

Now established as an annual fixture, the Northern Rail Conference celebrates progress in the modernisation and improvement of the railways of the North of England.

Railway Industry Innovation Awards

London, United Kingdom

Founded in 1998, the Railway Industry Innovation Awards are the longest-standing awards scheme in the industry. Now organised by the 4th Friday Club, the Awards are the annual event at which everybody keen on seeing innovation in the railway sector meets up to discuss and celebrate the brightest ideas in the industry

RVE 2020

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Derby, United Kingdom

RVE is the only UK show specifically focused on Rail Vehicles and Enhancements.

Golden Spanner Awards

London, United Kingdom

The Golden Spanners is an annual event at which all those interested in railway rolling stock meet to discuss best practice and celebrate excellence in train maintenance. After the lunch Roger Ford hands out the Spanners to honour the most reliable train fleets in the UK.

Rail in Wales and the West

Bristol, United Kingdom

For its third year our Rail in Wales and the West conference returns to Bristol, at a convenient location just across the road from Temple Meads station. With the exciting plans in the new Wales and Borders franchise and continuing developments on the Western there is much to reflect on and look forward to.

Rail in the Midlands

Birmingham – exact venue to be advised, United Kingdom

It is an exciting time for Rail in the Midlands, with new franchises in place for both the East and West Midlands and new rolling stock on order, combined with infrastructure developments taking place across the region.

Golden Whistle Awards

London, United Kingdom

The brainchild of Institution of Railway Operators luminary and now West Dorset MP Chris Loder, the Golden Whistles event was founded in 2010 to promote best practice and celebrate excellence in railway operations.