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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.

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.

SWR launches ‘701’ Arterio EMU

Brand name unveiled for replacement suburban fleet

MML wires go live

Overhead wires between Bedford and Corby on the Midland main line were energised for testing over the weekend of 22-23 August.

Avanti unveils Pride train

Avanti West Coast has launched the UK’s first fully wrapped Pride train.

Crossrail opening slips again to 2022

Opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line between Paddington and Abbey Wood has been delayed again and is now scheduled for the first half of 2022.

Modern Railways September 2020 issue: video podcast

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

Six programmes on NR’s Project Speed shortlist

Network Rail has identified six programmes where it is aiming to halve the time and slash the cost of delivery, in response to Government’s ‘Project Speed’ challenge to accelerate infrastructure schemes.

‘745s’ make Stansted debut

Greater Anglia’s Stadler-built Class 745 EMUs were introduced on Stansted Express services on 28 July, although an inauspicious debut saw multiple failures on their first day in traffic.

First ‘345’ reaches Heathrow

A Bombardier Class 345 carried its first passengers to Heathrow Airport on 30 July in a further step towards the opening of the Elizabeth Line.

Fawley fact-finder trip as reopening mooted

South Western Railway ran a special service on the Fawley branch line in Hampshire on 28 July, more than 50 years since regular passenger services on the line ceased.

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Settle and Carlisle Charter Trains launched

Rail Charter Services has launched regular charter trains on the Settle and Carlisle line between Skipton and Appleby this summer. The loco-hauled services began on 20 July and will operate daily until 12 September. Modern Railways Consultant Editor James Abbott joined the first train to find out more.

UP3 helps Southeastern speed up Delay Repay

Southeastern has selected UP3’s Rail Compensation product as its new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution, speeding up the time it takes to handle compensation claims by streamlining back-office processes.

Covid causes further Crossrail delay

A summer 2021 opening of the central section of Crossrail between Paddington and Abbey Wood is no longer achievable, Crossrail Ltd has announced.

Ambition for full Trans-Pennine electrification

The Government has released £589 million of funding to begin work on upgrading the Trans-Pennine line between Leeds, Huddersfield and Manchester. It is also to establish a new Northern Transport Acceleration Council, dedicated to accelerating vital infrastructure projects and better connecting communities across the North’s towns and cities.

Breeze hydrogen trains to be Class 600s

The Breeze hydrogen trains being developed by Eversholt Rail and Alstom are to be Class 600s, the companies have confirmed. They say the first converted trains could enter service in 2024.

Modern Railways August 2020 issue: video podcast

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

ETCS for EMR bi-modes

PHILIP SHERRATT

The bi-mode trains ordered by Hitachi for East Midlands Railway’s Midland main line services will be fitted with European Train Control System (ETCS) following a £12 million investment announced by Government.

PHILIP SHERRATT

Curzon Street construction shortlist

PHILIP SHERRATT

HS2 Ltd has shortlisted three bidders for the construction contract for its Birmingham city centre terminus at Curzon Street.

PHILIP SHERRATT

Metro depot rebuild contract

PHILIP SHERRATT

Stadler has appointed VolkerFitzpatrick to build a new Tyne and Wear Metro depot at Gosforth to accommodate the new trains it is supplying for the system.

PHILIP SHERRATT