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InTheNews: The latest rail news on Monday, 5th February 2024
A railway line that stopped serving passengers in 1902 could be brought back into use as a route called the West London Orbital.
An article on the BBC website says the Dudding Hill loop runs from Acton to Cricklewood and currently only takes freight trains.
Transport for London published a strategic document in 2021 saying it would be “a catalyst for relieving road congestion in west London”.
It is estimated by TfL more than 11 million people a year would use it.
Rail services will continue to be disrupted on Monday because of ongoing industrial action by train drivers in their long-running dispute over pay and conditions.
An article on The Standard says a series of strikes started last week coupled with an overtime ban which has led to widespread cancellations across England.
Aslef members at Chiltern, Great Western Railway (GWR) and CrossCountry will be on strike on Monday, leading to widespread cancellations of services.
Chiltern and CrossCountry will not run any trains on Monday, while GWR said its services will be “extremely limited”.
In February 2014, a devastating storm battered the south Devon coastline at Dawlish, cutting off the only railway line to the south west for eight weeks.
Ten years on, a £165 million package of resilience measures built by Network Rail and funded by the Department for Transport is proving to be effective at protecting the iconic stretch of track from rising sea levels and extreme weather.
After the storm, which struck over February 4 and 5, the South West Rail Resilience Programme was set up, following detailed studies to help determine how the railway between Dawlish and Teignmouth could better withstand such events.
The East Somerset Railway, founded by the late wildlife artist David Shepherd in 1974, is gearing up for its 50th anniversary celebration – the biggest event on the heritage line to date.
An article on the BBC website says volunteers have now announced a star appearance for the gala celebrations on 16 and 17 March, as Britain’s newest steam engine – 6880 Betton Grange – is set to make its maiden voyage on the railway after a 21-year rebuild project.
The 6880 Society started in 1998 when a group of steam enthusiasts decided to resurrect the ‘Grange’ class, after none survived being scrapped after the Beeching rail cuts of the 1960s.
Volunteer members raised £1.1million to rebuild Betton Grange using parts from other scrapped locomotives.
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