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Modern Railways August 2021

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ROLLING STOCK: WILLIAMS-SHAPPS PLAN CREATES VACUUM

ROGER FORD

Roger Ford analyses the rolling stock implications of the White Paper

ROGER FORD
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The people behind HS2

In the first part of a new series looking at the people building High Speed 2, HS2 Ltd Chief Executive MARK THURSTON talks to ANDY RODEN about the challenges, achievements and pride in building Britain’s newest railway

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A FAR FROM BORING JOB

PHILIP SHERRATT reports on the start of HS2 tunnelling through the Chilterns

LESSONS FROM THE RECORD RUN

ROGER FORD

What can we learn from Avanti West Coast's London to Glasgow speed run?

ROGER FORD
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High-speed history

With HS2 Phase One construction accelerating, DAN HARVEY looks back at the route’s rationale and how it gained approval

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FREEDOM!

Ian Walmsley

Clayton Equipment celebrates 90 years – you’d like a locomotive with rails on the sides? No problem, comrade

Ian Walmsley
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4LM beats its Covid challenges

Despite the difficulties of the pandemic, TfL’s 4LM Project Director CHRIS HOBDEN tells PHILIP SHERRATT the resignalling of London Underground’s sub-surface lines is progressing

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ECML recast highlights timetable challenges

JONATHAN TYLER of Passenger Transport Networks analyses the proposed May 2022 timetable and suggests a new approach is needed

Trackwatch - August 2021

A digest of the main changes on Network Rail, London Underground...

Separation is key

What is the fate for the railway as Covid restrictions in England are relaxed?

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A NEW TIMETABLE FOR THE EAST COAST

PHILIP SHERRATT describes how LNER’s May 2022 timetable has been developed

Electrification metric rediscovered

ROGER FORD

How can we prioritise electrification schemes?

ROGER FORD
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THE SEAT OF AURORA

East Midlands Railway has finalised the new seats for its new trains, and they’re completely useless – as ironing boards

Rail industry gears up for Railtex/Infrarail 2021

The joint Railtex/Infrarail exhibition takes place in Birmingham on 7-9 September. ANDY RODEN looks at some of the events and exhibitor highlights

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CALVERT CROSSING: EWR WILL PASS OVER HS2

JAMES ABBOTT reports from North Bucks, where one new railway will cross another

Reliability metrics compared

ROGER FORD

MTIN vs 701(D) – if it ain’t broke?

ROGER FORD

Alan Williams - August 2021

Our pundit discusses decarbonisation issues and railway safety

IT ALL STARTS HERE: BUILDING HS2

An introduction to our new HS2 quarterly coverage by the company's CEO, Mark Thurston

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VITAL LESSONS FOR MICRO-CONCESSIONS

With micro-concessions on branch lines a possibility highlighted by the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, what do groups considering a bid need to consider? Operations consultant and West Somerset Railway Non-Executive Director ANDY CASTLEDINE talks to ANDY RODEN about how a current safety culture is critical

Between the Lines - August 2021

Chris Stokes

Chris Stokes assesses the proposed East Coast main line May 2022 timetable

Chris Stokes
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Tailor Swift to your requirements

 Ian Walmsley

Class 321, the most successful of a long line of British Rail York-built EMUs, seeks a new life in the fulfilment business

 Ian Walmsley
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An extra platform for Oxford

A Government funding announcement is preparing the way for a third through platform at Oxford station, Network Rail's Chris Nash tells James Abbott

Williams-Shapps Plan - who will run the railway?

 Roger Ford

■ Operational responsibility of PSCs unclear n Managerial expertise downplayed
■ Dynamics of railway operation ignored
■ Fragmentation encouraged

 Roger Ford
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Bristol set for rail regeneration

A railway renaissance is being delivered in the West of England, reports Philip Sherratt

Can we afford to demonise the diesel?

ROGER FORD

■ No immediate CO 2 reduction from hydrogen 
■ Uncertain electrification programme blocks DMU cascade
■ Government 2040 withdrawal date ‘an ambition’
■ Synthetic fuel offers carbon neutral diesel traction

ROGER FORD
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YES! YES! YES!

 Ian Walmsley

Williams-Shapps is a Great British Railway report. Someone was listening after all

 Ian Walmsley
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Network Rail rules the waves

The second phase of works on Dawlish's sea wall upgrade is now well under way. Cornwall-based Deputy Editor Andy Roden reports on progress to date and the next phases in Network Rail's ambitious resilience programme

Putting EDI into practice

COMPANIES ACROSS THE INDUSTRY HAVE BEEN TAKING ACTION ON EDI...

Rolling stock cracks crisis: update

Roger Ford provides an update on the issues with underframe cracks on Hitachi 800 Series trains