Today’s Railways UK 244 – June 2022

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The June 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:

Exploring Southern with a Daysave: Southern is the only operator to offer a day ticket allowing travel on all of its routes. Robert Pritchard samples what it on offer, and travels on all Southern classes – if not all Southern routes – in a day.

Edinburgh Waverley to Dundee: Ian Lothian is our guide to the main line between the Scottish capital and Scotland’s fourth largest city, which features two of the most iconic railway bridges north of the Border.

The Hayling Light Railway Trust: A New Beginning: Phil Barnes visits the unique narrow gauge Hayling Seaside Railway on the south coast.

Endangered Species: The Class 317s: With just a few weeks of operation left with Greater Anglia, Mark Lee Inman and Robert Pritchard pay tribute to the Class 317s, which were introduced by BR nearly 40 years ago.

West Coast Upgrade: Riding the Refurbished Pendolino: Forming the backbone of Avanti West Coast’s services from Euston to the West Midlands, the North-West of England, Glasgow and Edinburgh, the Alstom Class 390 Pendolino EMUs are widely recognised as one of the best inter-city trains of the post-privatisation era running on the UK rail network. Ian Beardsley takes a trip from Euston to Manchester to sample the first of the refurbished units on its first day back in service at the end of April and see whether it lives up to expectations.

News stories this month include:

  • Six-year repair plan for IET cracks as ORR issues final report
  • Rail usage reaches 80% of pre-pandemic levels
  • National rail strike looks in June?
  • TPE strikes continue
  • UK rail industry shows its support to the people of Ukraine
  • Sturgeon marks start of ScotRail’s public ownership
  • Stirling station to be redeveloped
  • ScotRail makes more space for cycle users
  • Caledonian Sleeper top as punctuality back above 90%
  • Northern Line Bank branch on track to reopen in mid-May
  • Night Tube returns to Jubilee Line on 21 May
  • £4m refurbishment for Great Malvern
  • Merseyrail returns to 15-minute service
  • Railway Children Sleepout raises £164k
  • New Inverness Airport station progressing well
  • New style seats on display at Marylebone
  • Reston station to pen on 23 May as work starts on East Linton
  • Railfuture calls for 51 new Scottish stations
  • New concourse for Peckham Rye station
  • Testing starts on West Midlands Metro’s Edgbaston extension
  • Edinburgh trams return to York Place
  • Supertram services partially suspended after multiple problems
  • Chiltern names two more 68s
  • Fifth Class 69 released
  • Further FLIRTs delivered to TfW
  • First four 720s delivered to c2c
  • Great Central Railway gives go-ahead to A60 bridge replacement
  • Purple Bulleid breaks cover
  • “Sir Nigel Gresley” returns to traffic at Severn Valley Railway
  • 125 Group’s HST Makes its preservation debut
  • RTC charter brings steam to Castlefield