Online Exclusives

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.

Modern Railways February 2021 issue: video podcast

Our 'Pan Up' correspondent Ian Walmsley returns to host our latest video podcast talking about the contents of the February 2021 issue of the magazine. The video includes contributions from Editor Philip Sherratt and Industry and Technology Editor Roger Ford. You can order your copy from https://bit.ly/MRFebruary2021, download a digital issue from https://bit.ly/MRdigitalissue or subscribe at https://bit.ly/MRsubscribehere.

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An update on distribution issues with the December 2020 issue of Modern Railways magazine

Modern Railways December 2020 issue: video podcast

Our 'Pan Up' correspondent Ian Walmsley returns to host our latest video podcast talking about the contents of the December 2020 issue of the magazine. The video includes contributions from Editor Philip Sherratt and Industry and Technology Editor Roger Ford. You can order your copy from https://shop.keypublishing.com/issue/View/issue/MR867/modern-railways-december-2020.

Modern Railways November 2020 issue: video podcast

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

Journeys slump to 19th century levels

Passenger usage of the rail network between April and June fell to levels last seen in the mid-19th century, according to data from the Office of Rail and Road.

Stadler takes over Metro maintenance

Stadler took over maintenance of the Tyne and Wear Metro fleet from Nexus on 4 October as part of a 35-year servicing and maintenance contract which will in future cover the new fleet the manufacturer will build.

Five more ‘66s’ for GBRf

GB Railfreight is to introduce a further five Class 66s converted from locomotives in service in Germany.

HS2 awards slab track contract

HS2 Ltd has awarded a £260 million contract to supply a modular slab track system to a partnership which includes PORR UK Ltd and Aggregate Industries UK.

Vivarail's plans for zero-emission trains

In an exclusive video, Vivarail Chairman Adrian Shooter talks to Modern Railways about the company's Class 230s and its plans for zero-emission trains.

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.