Today's Railways UK 222: August 2020

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The August 2020 issue of Today's Railways UK is packed with railway news from all over Great Britain plus comprehensive features and detailed coverage of UK rolling stock news. Also contains heritage and preservation news, light rail news, railtours, readers’ letters, our grumpy old man and much, much more!

News stories include:

  • A “different type of railway” to emerge from COVID-19 pandemic
  • Concern over driver training backlog
  • Timetable ramps-up from 6 July
  • Regular charters planned for the Settle & Carlisle Line
  • Midland Main Line electrification put back six months
  • Moorgate line transfer to Transport for London looking likely
  • Severn Tunnel electrification complete
  • Freight drops to 35-year low
  • Temporary timetables introduced as open-access operators shut down
  • Operators pay tribute to the NHS
  • VolkerFitzpatrick awarded contract to build new Tyne & Wear Metro depot
  • Blackpool North tramway station extension set for May 2021
  • DfT confirms further financial support for English light rail systems
  • More Class 91s withdrawn and Mark 4s scrapped
  • Northern Class 142s set for a return
  • South Western Railway Class 701 begins testing
  • Class 769 introduction pushed back again
  • Heritage railways make plans to reopen
  • Great Central Railways seeks £3 million for “Factory Flyover”
  • Middleton Railway celebrates its 60th anniversary
  • Much optimism as railtour companies look to restart operations

Feature articles include:

Upgrading the East Coast Main Line – the Werrington Grade Separation Project: Ian Beardsley visits Werrington, near Peterborough, to look at the major project to build a dive-under to improve capacity on the East Coast Main Line.

DATS and the Electrification Train: Robert Pritchard finds out about Data Acquisition & Testing Services’ plans for its newly acquired Mark 3s and about its involvement in testing new infrastructure on the Great Western and Midland Main Lines.

Shenfield to Southend Victoria and Southminster: Chris Booth heads east, exploring the two electrified branch lines from Shenfield to Southend and from Wickford to Southminster.

The Castlefield Corridor Conundrum: Paul Abell investigates what has gone wrong with a vital element of the Northern Hub through the centre of Manchester.

Doing Things Slightly Differently in Scotland: Robert Pritchard chats to ScotRail Operations Director David Simpson about the challenges ScotRail has faced in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and also catches up with the latest fleet developments.

Fife Circle Loco-Hauled Tribute: Ian Lothian presents a photographic montage looking back at 11½ years of loco-hauled trains around the Fife Circle.

The Missing Link at Christ’s Hospital: Phil Barnes discovers a new section of a former railway line now open as a footpath in Sussex.

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