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Rail Express

July 2020

RAIL EXPRESS is Britain's favourite modern rail enthusiast title. Undoubtedly the best for modern traction photography, the magazine keeps readers informed and entertained with undiluted coverage of Britain's railways in the diesel and electric era. First produced in 1996, RE has set a new standard for the hobby, with a clean design, high quality paper and the best reproduction. January 2008 saw the magazine relaunched in an innovative 'supersize' format, showing off the ground-breaking contents to the best advantage. Every issue includes news and analysis covering the present day railway scene, plus the latest preservation developments. Also inside: RAIL EXPRESS Modeler - Diesel & Electric era modeling magazine

Land:
United Kingdom
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
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2 Min.
a balancing act

BY the time you read this, many non-essential shops will have been given permission to reopen as the country moves into the next phase of recovery and the Government aims to get the economy moving again. For the railways, this is a double-edged sword. So far, train services have been kept running for key workers, with the Government taking on the financial burden of running them practically empty at times. But shop workers cannot work from home and many will need to use rail services to get to work. And if shops are to be profitable they will need customers, so once again this could mean using public transport to get there in many towns and cities. In normal times (remember those?), peak-hour trains were often full and standing - something that…

3 Min.
operators prepare for end of lockdown

THE franchised operators increased the number of train services from May 18 even though the Government still says to avoid using public transport because of the need for social distancing. This saw the timetable enhanced from some 50% of normal, which catered for the needs of key workers, to 70% following advice that people should return to their place of employment if working from home was not possible. The Department for Transport is able to set the level of services under the terms of the Emergency Measures Agreements, which sets a Passenger Services Obligation (PSO) where costs are rebated to the train operator regardless of revenue from passengers. Social distancing rules continue to apply with passengers required to be two metres apart, which typically allows only 15% of vehicle capacity to be used.…

2 Min.
covid-19 news round-up

THE Government made face coverings mandatory on public transport from June 15 to coincide with the next stage of easing restrictions. This includes train, tram, bus, coach, ferry and aircraft passengers after scientific advice set out that face coverings can provide some additional protection where social distancing is not possible. Face coverings are not the same as face masks, and passengers are being asked not to use medical grade PPE masks so that these remain available to frontline staff. TRAIN operators are calling on potential passengers to ask themselves if their journey is really necessary. This is to keep sufficient space on trains for those that have no alternative, as carriages look set to only carry 10-20% of their normal capacity. GWR, for example, has introduced a 'counted seat' system…

1 Min.
heritage lines 'must be cautious'

THE Office of Rail and Road has issued a document outlining what it expects of heritage railways when the time comes for them to reopen, writes David Russell. It says railways should prepare a recovery plan containing a risk assessment that covers all aspects of reopening after a long lay-off. The document stresses the importance of staff/volunteer competencies, undertaking assessments, making inspections and ensuring rolling stock examinations are carried out in accordance with the line's safety management system. It also points out the challenges railways will face in dealing with social distancing requirements, which are likely to remain in force in some form after lines reopen. Railways have been advised to assess how this can be managed on stations, platforms, catering outlets and on board trains - including loco cabs. 'SHAKEDOWN' SERVICES When lines do…

1 Min.
irish governments reaffirm support for rail

NORTHERN Ireland Infrastructure Minister Nicola Mallon stated on May 7 that the shortfall in Translink's finances had increased "up to £181 million" after already being in crisis (see April issue). The use of public transport during lockdown has been discouraged, with the needs of NHS and other key workers cited as the main reason for continuing to provide train and bus services. However, Minister Mallon approved the introduction of extra services from May 11 (see Irish Angle), with Finance Minister Conor Murphy stating on May 19 that Translink was to receive £30 million to sustain public transport. A similar policy was also evident in the Republic of Ireland after its Transport Minister Shane Ross said on May 17 that "the Government is ready to bail out CIE (Caras lompair Eireann) if necessary"…

1 Min.
rail gains from home shopping

THE growth in online shopping is changing the way retail distribution is organised, with the use of heavy goods vehicles to shops giving way to light vans to door steps, writes Industry Witness. As a large percentage of goods are imported, distribution warehouses are stocked by containers arriving at deep-sea ports, and many new distribution hubs are only getting planning permission if they include rail connections. The most recent approval in May was for the West Midlands Freight Interchange at Four Ashes in South Staffordshire, which will have a capacity to handle 10 rail services a day with a train length of up to 120 SLU (775 metres). The terminal is located on the rail route between Bushbury and Stafford Trent Valley Junction, with easy access to the West Coast Main Line…