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Modern Railways May 2021 issue: video podcast

A video preview of the May 2021 issue of Modern Railways

Work starts on Exeter's Marsh Barton station

Site clearance starts on new Devon station

Former NR chairman Parry-Jones dies

Former NR chairman Richard Parry-Jones dies aged 69

HARTING reveals solutions for energy efficiency and weight reduction in rail

HARTING’s series of Railway Web-Seminars continues to examine the most important trends in the railway industry, with the focus in April turning to ‘Energy efficiency through weight reduction’.

HS2 starts work on EWR overbridge

Construction on a major overbridge carrying East West Rail over High Speed 2 started in mid-April at Calvert, Buckinghamshire.

Public to prefer cars post-Covid, says CBT

A Campaign for Better Transport survey suggests most people will choose to travel as they did before the Covid-19 pandemic, and that the number of adults working entirely from their place of work could fall from 65% to 53% - with a potential knock-on impact on commuter numbers.

Ribblehead viaduct repairs completed

Network Rail has completed extensive repairs to seven of Ribblehead viaduct’s 24 arches just as lockdown restrictions in England are being eased – and in anticipation of high visitor numbers in Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Network Rail Tier 1 & 2 trials for Bender rail signalling power system

Network Rail has approved Bender’s next generation RS4 Rail Signalling Power Protection system for Tier 1 and 2 live trial installations at multiple site locations.

HARTING Railway Web-Seminar focuses on upgrades and retrofitting

HARTING’s series of Railway Web-Seminars are examining the most important trends in the railway industry. In March, the focus turns to ‘Solutions for upgrade and retrofit’.

Kirkby derailment investigated

Investigations are underway after a Merseyrail service struck the buffers at Kirkby station, the terminus of the network’s Northern line.

More Covid funding for TfL and light rail

Funding support for Transport for London has been extended to 18 May pending agreement of a new deal between the Government and TfL, while both the UK and Scottish Governments have extended ongoing support for light rail systems.

Bradford NPR station site proposed

Bradford Council has proposed a site for a future Northern Powerhouse Rail station in the city centre.

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.

Modern Railways March 2021 issue: video podcast

A video preview of the March 2021 issue of Modern Railways, hosted by 'Pan Up' columnist Ian Walmsley with contributions from Editor Philip Sherratt and Industry and Technology Editor Roger Ford.

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.

Coventry looks to VLR rollout

The city of Coventry is seeking to roll out Very Light Rail technology as part of a mass transit system it hopes could open from 2025.