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The Railway Magazine January 2021

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The Railway Magazine has been published since 1897 and is now the UK's best-selling general interest rail title. Every month, The RM provides enthusiasts and professionals with authoritative and informed news coverage of the following: - Network Rail and the train operating companies - Locomotives, multiple units, carriages and wagons - Steam, heritage and the preservation world, inc narrow gauge- Metro and underground systems - In addition, the magazine carries frequent items of overseas interest. The Railway Magazine is also renowned for its wide-ranging and innovative feature coverage, encompassing up-to-the-minute developments as well as historical, nostalgic and foreign subjects. The magazine is also renowned for its award-winning photographic content.

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United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
just what have successive governments got against the east midlands?

WHEN it comes to investment, the East Midlands - specifically Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire - always seem to be at the bottom of the list when it comes to dishing out money for major rail projects. For years, the region got hand-me-down rolling stock or had vital infrastructure investments cancelled. The Midland Main Line first received its InterCity 125 trains in 1982, and nearly 40 years on, they still ply the route day in, day out. Electrification has been talked of countless times but has passed the region by so many times. In those 40 years, the population has expanded as a result of investment in new housing, factories, warehouses and a freight terminal. Even key parts of the rail industry are based in Derby, yet is the region being prepared to be…

1 min.
scandalous: price rises won't win passengers back

AT A time when business is on its knees and struggling for customers, putting up prices is hardly seen as a wise move, yet that is exactly what the Government is doing with rail fares. It really is a 'you couldn't make it up' moment. The 2.6% rise will not take effect until March 1, rather than January 1 (wow, thanks, DfT!), but given that the number of rail passengers has fallen off a cliff in 2020 because of working from home, furloughing and lost jobs, with the only tangible signs of an increase in passenger numbers seemly coming from the leisure market, why on earth price potential passengers off rail through fare increases? Speaking last month with Network Rail CEO Andrew Haines, he said the railway has to change in order…

3 min.
hs2 eastern leg in doubt as nic favours regional developments

THE National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has thrown the future of HS2's Eastern Leg into further doubt with a new report favouring incremental regional improvements to existing routes over the planned Birmingham to Leeds line. The NIC backs the completion of the western section of HS2 Phase 2b from Crewe to Manchester, but it favours 'phased' improvements over the next two decades over the completion of the Eastern Leg. The commission's findings are likely to influence the Government's delayed Integrated Rail Plan for northern England, which is now expected to be published in early 2021. Five possible packages of upgrades with three different budgets were identified within the funding, likely to be available over the next 25 years, with a £69billion programme prioritising regional links seen as offering the best value and quickest returns. This…

1 min.
good and bad news over train fare rise

THE annual fares increase that is normally applied from January has been deferred to March 1. However, the bad news is it will be an above inflation rise of 2.6% (RPI+ 1.6%). It is the first above inflation rise since 2013/14 A Department for Transport spokesperson said the change would provide "a significant window"in these uncertain times for commuters,, who are unable to work from home to purchase season tickets at pre-increase rates. The rise was condemned by TSSA (Transport Salaried Staffs' Association) general secretary as "extortionate and plain daft''. Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris defended the increase, saying it would help cover some of the increased costs met by taxpayers to keep services running during the coronavirus pandemic. Passengers were promised flexible season tickets for those working for a few days per week to save…

2 min.
berney arms 'least used' station in 2019/20

BRITAIN'S least used station in 2019/20 was Berney Arms in Norfolk, with just 42 entries and exits over the 12-month period. Usage of the single-platform halt, which has no road access, was down by 90%, although this is largely explained by the closure of the Reed ham to Great Yarmouth route for resignalling for much of the year and the Covid-19 lockdown, which started just after it reopened in February. Last year's least visited stations - Denton in Manchester and Stan low & Thornton in Cheshire - saw passenger numbers double, to 92 and 82 respectively, possibly as a result of railway enthusiasts visiting after their status is revealed. Other stations with fewer than 100 visitors in 2019/20 were Elton & Orston on the Grantham to Nottingham line (68), Haven house on the…

1 min.
south devon railway eyes march reopening for passenger trains

THE South Devon Railway (SDR) has set a tentative date of March 20-21 for its return to public running, more than a year since it last operated any passenger-carrying trains. The railway's commercial team is working on a set of proposals for the New Year, which will initially be somewhat pared back to a 'normal' year. The idea is to promote a basic train service, which the SDR is confident it can deliver, but one that can be added to. This, it says, is preferable to outlining a full programme of events that may end up having to be cancelled at short notice because of circumstances beyond its control, such as further possible lockdowns. As a consequence the railway will not be advertising some of its usual annual special events as it monitors…