Today's Railways UK 246: August 2022

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The August 2022 issue of Today's Railways UK is full of interesting articles and features covering all aspects of Britain’s railways, plus all the very latest news from across Britain’s railway network. This month we look in depth at new trains on Britain’s railways, but we also include all our regular monthly sections covering light rail, heritage railways, preservation and railtours, with readers’ letters and our grumpy old man also in attendance.

Feature articles this month include:

All Change with the West Coast Main Line Timetable: The West Coast Partnership, Network Rail, the West Midlands Rail Executive and West Midlands Trains hosted a briefing to stakeholders on the changes planned for the West Coast Main Line December 2022 timetable, with a particular focus on the West Midlands, on 7 June. Robert Pritchard reports on how the new timetable is shaping up.

Innovation in the Black Country: Robert Pritchard visits the new Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre in Dudley, West Midlands to see how work is progressing.

New Railways from the Air: Phil Marsh takes a ride along the route of HS2 and East-West Rail - from the air!

The Trent Valley Extension of the West Coast Main Line: John Binch is our guide to this busy and important stretch of the West Coast Main Line, linking Rugby with Stafford and allowing trains to bypass the congested West Midlands route.

The Capital on a Budget: Mark Hall spends several days in London exploring what the capital has to offer the railfan.

News stories this month include:

  • Strikes bring much of Britain to a standstill
  • New National Rail Contract for GWR
  • Rail usage exceeds 90% of pre-pandemic levels
  • HS2 Golborne Link dropped
  • Tender expected for new Scottish trains
  • Locals vote for Moseley Village and Pineapple Road
  • Second track at Inverness Airport
  • Another TfL bailout as Shapps/Khan relations
  • Elizabeth Line beds in smoothly
  • GBR publishes 30-year strategy report
  • Barking Riverside to open this summer
  • Work starts on Hope Valley upgrade
  • Nine-day closure for Penge Tunnel
  • Morton hints Ely remodelling may be dropped
  • £15m to take forward nine Restoring Your Railway projects
  • Crane at new Blackford terminal
  • Wheel bearing faults hit Merseyrail services
  • West Midlands Metro services restart running once again
  • London Tramlink drivers set to strike
  • Crich reopens at weekends, but without trams
  • Second phase of Gosforth depot rebuild project complete
  • Funding shortfall could see Tyne & Wear Metro services suspended
  • Back to the Future: LNER unveils new look for its Class 91s and Mark 4s
  • DCR 60s to Loughborough
  • RSS announces plans to replace its Class 08s with TP60s
  • Platinum Jubilee purple liveries for 66734 and 67007
  • 37901 returns to the main line after almost 25 years
  • Rail Adventure power cars visit Long Marston
  • Final TfW 153s refurbished
  • Autumn introduction for West Midlands Trains Class 196s
  • New look for Network Rail 153
  • GWR 2-car Class 165 refresh nears completion
  • Testing of Avanti Class 805 IET under way
  • Mid Norfolk to restart running through to Wymondham
  • Bluebell sells USA tank for restoration
  • Class 70s steal the show at Bo'ness
  • Provincial Pacer debuts at Midland Railway - Butterley
  • KWVR stages first diesel gala since 2019
  • Steam Dreams sold to Locomotive Services
  • "Earl of Mount Edgcumbe" to return to main line in October

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