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InTheNews: Railway news for Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Avanti West Coast has imposed a simplified timetable ‘until further notice’ on what it claims is ‘unofficial strike action’ as drivers call in sick and refuse to work overtime.

The i news article states that only four trains per hour will run from London Euston to Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham from August 14 according to plans, while only one train every two hours will run from London to Edinburgh via the West Midlands.

The rail company, which is one of many embroiled in a dispute with train drivers’ union Aslef over wages, blamed the “current industrial relations climate” for severe staff shortages across its network.

An Aslef spokesperson told me: “There is no unofficial action from drivers at Avanti West Coast. The company needs to stop lying and start recruiting enough drivers to deliver the services it promises to the passengers it will deliver.

Upgrades worth £90million are to be delivered by Network Rail over the August bank holiday weekend.

Among the works is the HS2 preparatory work at London Euston to help provide the high-speed rail to passengers and increase capacity.

Network Rail says the vast majority of the UK rail network (over 95%) will be open for business as usual this coming bank holiday weekend.

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Network Rail has opened a consultation on the reintroduction of a passenger service on a dedicated freight line.

The article on the BBC website says the nine-mile railway in Hampshire was closed to passenger trains in 1966, but the plan would see services run from Southampton to a new station in Hythe.

Under the proposals, Marchwood station will be upgraded and Southampton Central Platform 5 refurbished.

The consultation started on Monday and will continue until Friday 9 September.

The National Railway Museum has signed a three-year loan agreement with the Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society to allow Midland Railway Locomotive No. 158A to be placed on public display at the Barrow Hill Roundhouse.

The locomotive traveled to Barrow Hill last Thursday from Locomotion in Shildon, where the engine had undergone asbestos conservation and remediation work.

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Photo credit: National Railway Museum

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