Today's Railways UK 254: April 2023

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The April 2023 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:

The Triple 7s: Game Changers on Merseyside: Now rolling out on Merseyside is the new fleet of EMUs owned locally and that local people helped to design. Delays caused by the pandemic and other factors mean that this should hopefully now be one of the fastest new fleet roll outs, but that also brings its own challenges. Robert Pritchard samples one of the first 777s in service and chats to Merseytravel Programme Director, Dave Powell, about the development of the 777s and plans to introduce the remainder of the fleet.

Enter the B23 Stock: DLR's First New Train Revealed: Robert Pritchard takes a look at the first new Docklands Light Railway train which arrived at Beckton depot in January and at plans for service introduction of the new fleet of trains that is being supplied by CAF.

TfW's 231s Set the Scene for Big Changes in South Wales: Robert Pritchard finds much to like about the new Transport for Wales Class 231s now entering service on the Cardiff Valley Lines.

ScotRail Diagram and Formation Update: Robin James provides an update on ScotRail's diagrams and formations.

CAF's New DMUs: A Comparison of three Civitys: Robert Pritchard rides on all three CAF 'Civity' DMUs which are now in operation with Northern, West Midlands Trains and Transport for Wales and compares what they offer the passenger.

Almost 100 New Stations since 2000 - What Next?: Including Inverness Airport, which opened at the start of February, 94 new stations have opened in Britain since 2000. Nick Comfort looks at how these have been performing and the current state of play with future new stations.

News stories this month include:

  • Strikes set to continue as neither side shows signs of backing down
  • Government launches consultation on minimum service levels during strike action
  • Harper sets out his plans for Great British Railways
  • More pressure for cuts to HS2
  • HS2 Washwood Heath base approved
  • GWR buys Vivarail's assets
  • End of the line for Bedford-Bletchley 230s
  • Southeastern responds to critics by boosting timetable
  • East West track passes Winslow
  • Better Elizabeth line service from May
  • Inverness Airport station up and running
  • Final design for Troon station unveiled
  • Major upgrade under way at Carstairs
  • New roof marks milestone in Motherwell station redevelopment
  • Electrification to go live on Aberdare line from April
  • Composite mast goes on display at NRM
  • Loco-hauled additionals keep people moving during East Coast engineering
  • ETCS on Moorgate line during the summer
  • Bank station upgrade completed
  • First new Tyne & Wear Metro train delivered
  • Replacement strategy being drawn up for Croydon's CR4000 trams
  • Testing on Edinburgh extension imminent
  • Eversholt rids itself of non-operational 91s
  • First TfW Class 197 named during official launch
  • Avanti Class 805s commence main line testing
  • First TfW Class 769 withdrawn
  • Weardale Railway to restart running to Bishop Auckland
  • £250,000 needed to save Doon Valley Railway from closure
  • Cost-of-living crisis hits railtour bookings

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