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2+5 HST for 2021 Staycation Express

Rail Charter Services’ popular tourist service over the Settle and Carlisle line will return this summer, but with a change in rolling stock to a 2+5 HST set and a different service pattern including a trip to Carlisle.

GTR to stand down ‘365s’

In May Govia Thameslink Railway is to withdraw its fleet of 21 Class 365 EMUs, used on Great Northern services out of King’s Cross.

Metro cab mock-up unveiled

A cab mock-up from the new Tyne and Wear Metro fleet to be built by Stadler has been delivered to assist with workforce familiarisation.

Parsons Tunnel rockfall shelter extension

Plans have been submitted by Network Rail for a 209-metre extension to the rockfall shelter at the north end of Parsons Tunnel, between Dawlish and Teignmouth.

Aggregates from Portbury

A new flow of aggregates from the terminal at Portbury, near Bristol, has begun.

HST tribute with heritage livery

One of East Midlands Railway’s HST power cars has been repainted into InterCity Swallow livery as a tribute to the type ahead of their withdrawal from Midland main line services in May.

East Kilbride electrification underway

Work to electrify the East Kilbride line is getting underway, Network Rail Scotland says, with foundations for overhead lines to be laid.

EMR unveils Aurora bi-mode details

East Midlands Railway has revealed details of the specification of the 33x5-car Class 810 Aurora bi-modes it has ordered from Hitachi for Midland main line services, financed by Rock Rail. The first Aurora units are due to enter service in early 2023.

Class 93 tri-modes ordered

Rail Operations (UK) Ltd has signed a framework agreement with Stadler for the supply of 30 Class 93 tri-mode locomotives. An initial batch of 10 locomotives is due for delivery in early 2023.

Manchester timetable change options presented

Options to improve services across the North of England by amending timetables in the Manchester area have been presented for consultation.