On The Cameras Tomorrow – 28/08/20

Friday 28th August – MAINLINE CAMERAS

ALTRINCHAM CAMERA

APPERLEY VIADUCT CAMERA

12:25 – West Coast Railways Steam Pool Locomotive + Support Coach – 5Z23 York National Railway Museum to Carnforth Steamtown

BARKING CAMERAS

BEATTOCK CAMERA

00:48 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Lowland Sleeper – 1M12 Edinburgh Waverley to Euston

02:25 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to Euston

03:00 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 Euston to Inverness

05:44 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Lowland Sleeper – 1S26 Euston to Edinburgh Waverley

08:43 – DB Cargo Class 67 light engine move for LNER – 0L80 Craigentinny Traction & Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot to Carlisle

11:36 – DB Cargo Class 67 light engine move for LNER – 0L90 Carlisle to Craigentinny Traction & Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot

BEDFORD CAMERA

15:56 – GB Railfreight diesel hauled ECS move – 5Q25 Wimbledon Depot Sidings to Derby Adtranz Litchurch Lane

BOLTON LE SANDS CAMERA (freightmaster.net)

01:18 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 Euston to Inverness

02:38 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Lowland Sleeper – 1M12 Edinburgh Waverley to Euston

04:07 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to Euston

04:10 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Lowland Sleeper – 1S26 Euston to Edinburgh Waverley

BUSHBURY JUNCTION CAMERA

CAMDEN JUNCTION CAMERAS

 – CAMERA 1 (Euston/WCML)

06:56 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Lowland Sleeper – 1M12 Edinburgh Waverley to Euston

07:23 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 light engine move – 0M11 Wembley Inter City Depot to Euston

07:43 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to Euston

08:41 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Lowland Sleeper ECS move – 5M11 Euston to Wembley Inter City Depot

09:44 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Lowland Sleeper ECS move – 5M16 Euston to Wembley Inter City Depot

19:23 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper ECS move – 5S95 Wembley Inter City Depot to Euston

21:20 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 Euston to Inverness

21:23 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Lowland Sleeper ECS move – 5S96 Wembley Inter City Depot to Euston

21:41 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 light engine move – 0A95 Euston to Wembley Inter City Depot

22:36 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Lowland Sleeper – 1S27 Euston to Edinburgh Waverley 

23:56 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 light engine move – 0A96 Euston to Wembley Inter City Depot

 – CAMERA 2 (Primrose Hill/Freight)

CHESTERFIELD CAMERAS (Hasland/Chesterfield Sth Jn)

18:34 – GB Railfreight light engine move (Diesel) – 0G35 Doncaster Down Decoy Gb Railfreight to Toton North Yard Gbrf

23:54 – Colas Rail diesel hauled Network Rail test train – 3Qxx Doncaster West Yard to Derby Rtc Serco

CLITHEROE CAMERA

CRAMLINGTON CAMERA

03:30 – Colas Rail diesel hauled Network Rail test train – 3Qxx Slateford Depot to Heaton Traction & Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot

CREWE CAMERAS (crewehc.org)

 – CAMERA 1

 – CAMERA 2

01:42 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Lowland Sleeper – 1S26 Euston to Edinburgh Waverley

04:11 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Lowland Sleeper – 1M12 Edinburgh Waverley to Euston

05:33 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to Euston

23:37 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 Euston to Inverness

 – CAMERA 3

01:42 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Lowland Sleeper – 1S26 Euston to Edinburgh Waverley

04:11 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Lowland Sleeper – 1M12 Edinburgh Waverley to Euston

05:33 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to Euston

23:37 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 Euston to Inverness

 – CAMERA 4

01:43 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Lowland Sleeper – 1S26 Euston to Edinburgh Waverley

04:08 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Lowland Sleeper – 1M12 Edinburgh Waverley to Euston

05:31 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to Euston

23:38 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 Euston to Inverness

DAGENHAM (BECONTREE) CAMERA

DAWLISH BEACH CAMERAS (dawlishbeach.com)

 – DAWLISH CAMERAS

01:22 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera – 1A50 Penzance to Paddington

04:22 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera – 1C50 Paddington to Penzance

08:38 – Colas Rail 67023 & 67027 hauled Network Rail test train – 1Q18 Reading Triangle Sidings to Paignton

12:02 – Locomotive Services Ltd Class 47s – 1Z10 Dartmouth Regatta Statesman (Statesman Rail) Rugby to Dartmouth Kingswear

14:45 – Colas Rail 67023 & 67027 hauled Network Rail test train – 1Q18 Reading Triangle Sidings to Paignton

15:04 – Colas Rail 67023 & 67027 hauled Network Rail test train – 1Q18 Reading Triangle Sidings to Paignton

16:05 – Colas Rail 67023 & 67027 hauled Network Rail test train – 1Z18 Paignton to Taunton

18:19 – Locomotive Services Ltd Class 47s – 1Z11 Dartmouth Regatta Statesman (Statesman Rail) Dartmouth Kingswear to Rugby

 – DAWLISH WARREN CAMERA

01:24 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera – 1A50 Penzance to Paddington

04:21 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera – 1C50 Paddington to Penzance

08:36 – Colas Rail 67023 & 67027 hauled Network Rail test train – 1Q18 Reading Triangle Sidings to Paignton

11:59 – Locomotive Services Ltd Class 47s – 1Z10 Dartmouth Regatta Statesman (Statesman Rail) Rugby to Dartmouth Kingswear

14:49 – Colas Rail 67023 & 67027 hauled Network Rail test train – 1Q18 Reading Triangle Sidings to Paignton

15:01 – Colas Rail 67023 & 67027 hauled Network Rail test train – 1Q18 Reading Triangle Sidings to Paignton

16:07 – Colas Rail 67023 & 67027 hauled Network Rail test train – 1Z18 Paignton to Taunton

18:22 – Locomotive Services Ltd Class 47s – 1Z11 Dartmouth Regatta Statesman (Statesman Rail) Dartmouth Kingswear to Rugby

DONCASTER CAMERA (www.socotec.co.uk)

02:39 – Colas Rail diesel hauled Network Rail test train – 1Qxx Wigan North Western to Doncaster Carriage Holding Sidings

15:49 – GB Railfreight light engine move (Diesel) – 0N13 Doncaster Down Decoy Gb Railfreight to Tees Dock Gbrf

17:57 – GB Railfreight light engine move (Diesel) – 0D88 Doncaster Down Decoy Gb Railfreight to Doncaster West Yard

21:47 – GB Railfreight diesel hauled ECS move – 5Q88 Doncaster Works Wagon Shops to Slade Green Traction & Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot

DOVEY JUNCTION/DYFI OSPREY PROJECT CAMERA (https://www.dyfiospreyproject.com)

FARINGTON JUNCTION CAMERA

00:46 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 Euston to Inverness

02:54 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Lowland Sleeper – 1S26 Euston to Edinburgh Waverley

03:17 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Lowland Sleeper – 1M12 Edinburgh Waverley to Euston

04:42 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to Euston

FLITWICK CAMERA   

15:48 – GB Railfreight diesel hauled ECS move – 5Q25 Wimbledon Depot Sidings to Derby Adtranz Litchurch Lane

GRATELEY CAMERA (facebook.com/grateleytrains/)

LEYLAND CAMERA

00:42 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 Euston to Inverness

02:51 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Lowland Sleeper – 1S26 Euston to Edinburgh Waverley

03:19 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Lowland Sleeper – 1M12 Edinburgh Waverley to Euston

04:44 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to Euston 

NEWBURY CAMERA (icn-ltd.com)

01:06 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera – 1C50 Paddington to Penzance

03:51 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera – 1A50 Penzance to Paddington

06:49 – Colas Rail 67023 & 67027 hauled Network Rail test train – 1Q18 Reading Triangle Sidings to Paignton

20:47 – Colas Rail 67023 & 67027 hauled Network Rail test train – 1Q19 Taunton to Paddington

PETERBOROUGH CAMERAS (railworld.org.uk)

 – CAMERA 1

04:25 – GB Railfreight light engine move (Diesel) – 0E64 March Up Yard Gbrf to Peterborough Maintenance Shed Gb Railfreight

10:02 – GB Railfreight light engine move (Diesel) – 0O65 Peterborough Maintenance Shed Gb Railfreight to Tonbridge West Yard Gb Railfreight

 – CAMERA 2, 3 & 4

04:25 – GB Railfreight light engine move (Diesel) – 0E64 March Up Yard Gbrf to Peterborough Maintenance Shed Gb Railfreight

PORTSMOUTH CAMERA 

PRESTON CAMERA

01:03 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 Euston to Inverness

02:55 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Lowland Sleeper – 1M12 Edinburgh Waverley to Euston

03:55 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Lowland Sleeper – 1S26 Euston to Edinburgh Waverley

04:29 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to Euston

SANQUHAR CAMERA (sanquharstation.co.uk)

SETTLE to CARLISLE LINE CAMERAS (foscl.org.uk)

HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE CAMERA 

07:45 – Locomotive Services Ltd diesel hauled ECS move – 5Z40 Appleby North East Sidings to Skipton

09:12 – Locomotive Services Ltd Class 37/47s (TBC) – 1Z40 Settle & Carlisle Tourist Train (Rail Charter Services) Skipton to Appleby

11:22 – Locomotive Services Ltd Class 37/47s (TBC) – 1Z42 Settle & Carlisle Tourist Train (Rail Charter Services) Appleby to Skipton

12:51 – Locomotive Services Ltd Class 37/47s (TBC) – 1Z43 Settle & Carlisle Tourist Train (Rail Charter Services) Skipton to Appleby

15:22 – Locomotive Services Ltd Class 37/47s (TBC) – 1Z44 Settle & Carlisle Tourist Train (Rail Charter Services) Appleby to Skipton

16:43 – Locomotive Services Ltd Class 37/47s (TBC) – 1Z45 Settle & Carlisle Tourist Train (Rail Charter Services) Skipton to Appleby

18:42 – Locomotive Services Ltd Class 37/47s (TBC) – 1Z46 Settle & Carlisle Tourist Train (Rail Charter Services) Appleby to Skipton

19:43 – Locomotive Services Ltd diesel hauled ECS move – 5Z47 Skipton to Appleby North East Sidings

 – KIRKBY STEPHEN CAMERA

07:14 – Locomotive Services Ltd diesel hauled ECS move – 5Z40 Appleby North East Sidings to Skipton

09:50 – Locomotive Services Ltd Class 37/47s (TBC) – 1Z40 Settle & Carlisle Tourist Train (Rail Charter Services) Skipton to Appleby

10:49 – Locomotive Services Ltd Class 37/47s (TBC) – 1Z42 Settle & Carlisle Tourist Train (Rail Charter Services) Appleby to Skipton

13:22 – Locomotive Services Ltd Class 37/47s (TBC) – 1Z43 Settle & Carlisle Tourist Train (Rail Charter Services) Skipton to Appleby

14:51 – Locomotive Services Ltd Class 37/47s (TBC) – 1Z44 Settle & Carlisle Tourist Train (Rail Charter Services) Appleby to Skipton

17:19 – Locomotive Services Ltd Class 37/47s (TBC) – 1Z45 Settle & Carlisle Tourist Train (Rail Charter Services) Skipton to Appleby

18:12 – Locomotive Services Ltd Class 37/47s (TBC) – 1Z46 Settle & Carlisle Tourist Train (Rail Charter Services) Appleby to Skipton

20:14 – Locomotive Services Ltd diesel hauled ECS move – 5Z47 Skipton to Appleby North East Sidings

 – RIBBLEHEAD CAMERAS

07:41 – Locomotive Services Ltd diesel hauled ECS move – 5Z40 Appleby North East Sidings to Skipton

09:21 – Locomotive Services Ltd Class 37/47s (TBC) – 1Z40 Settle & Carlisle Tourist Train (Rail Charter Services) Skipton to Appleby

11:17 – Locomotive Services Ltd Class 37/47s (TBC) – 1Z42 Settle & Carlisle Tourist Train (Rail Charter Services) Appleby to Skipton

12:58 – Locomotive Services Ltd Class 37/47s (TBC) – 1Z43 Settle & Carlisle Tourist Train (Rail Charter Services) Skipton to Appleby

15:17 – Locomotive Services Ltd Class 37/47s (TBC) – 1Z44 Settle & Carlisle Tourist Train (Rail Charter Services) Appleby to Skipton

16:50 – Locomotive Services Ltd Class 37/47s (TBC) – 1Z45 Settle & Carlisle Tourist Train (Rail Charter Services) Skipton to Appleby

18:37 – Locomotive Services Ltd Class 37/47s (TBC) – 1Z46 Settle & Carlisle Tourist Train (Rail Charter Services) Appleby to Skipton

19:51 – Locomotive Services Ltd diesel hauled ECS move – 5Z47 Skipton to Appleby North East Sidings

SHREWSBURY ABBEY FOREGATE CAMERA (beachifa.co.uk)

SLOUGH CAMERAS

00:05 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera – 1C50 Paddington to Penzance

04:42 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera – 1A50 Penzance to Paddington

09:10 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera ECS move – 5A50 Paddington to Reading Traincare Depot

20:50 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera ECS move – 5C50 Reading Traincare Depot to Paddington

21:28 – Colas Rail 67023 & 67027 hauled Network Rail test train – 1Q19 Taunton to Paddington

22:34 – Colas Rail 67023 & 67027 hauled Network Rail test train – 1Qxx Paddington to Derby Rtc Serco

ST BEES CAMERA

TEIGNMOUTH CAMERAS

01:19 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera – 1A50 Penzance to Paddington

04:25 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera – 1C50 Paddington to Penzance

08:41 – Colas Rail 67023 & 67027 hauled Network Rail test train – 1Q18 Reading Triangle Sidings to Paignton

12:05 – Locomotive Services Ltd Class 47s – 1Z10 Dartmouth Regatta Statesman (Statesman Rail) Rugby to Dartmouth Kingswear

14:39 – Colas Rail 67023 & 67027 hauled Network Rail test train – 1Q18 Reading Triangle Sidings to Paignton

15:08 – Colas Rail 67023 & 67027 hauled Network Rail test train – 1Q18 Reading Triangle Sidings to Paignton

16:02 – Colas Rail 67023 & 67027 hauled Network Rail test train – 1Z18 Paignton to Taunton

18:16 – Locomotive Services Ltd Class 47s – 1Z11 Dartmouth Regatta Statesman (Statesman Rail) Dartmouth Kingswear to Rugby

THANKERTON CAMERA

00:19 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Lowland Sleeper – 1M12 Edinburgh Waverley to Euston

02:05 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to Euston

03:22 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 Euston to Inverness

06:12 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Lowland Sleeper – 1S26 Euston to Edinburgh Waverley

08:12 – DB Cargo Class 67 light engine move for LNER – 0L80 Craigentinny Traction & Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot to Carlisle

12:09 – DB Cargo Class 67 light engine move for LNER – 0L90 Carlisle to Craigentinny Traction & Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot

TODMORDEN CAMERA

00:21 – Colas Rail diesel hauled Network Rail test train – 1Qxx Wigan North Western to Doncaster Carriage Holding Sidings

UPHALL CAMERA

WATFORD CAMERA

06:38 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Lowland Sleeper – 1M12 Edinburgh Waverley to Euston

07:30 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to Euston

21:19 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 Euston to Inverness

22:53 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Lowland Sleeper – 1S27 Euston to Edinburgh Waverley

YORK CAMERAS

 – NORTH (SKELTON JN) CAMERAS

16:50 – GB Railfreight light engine move (Diesel) – 0N13 Doncaster Down Decoy Gb Railfreight to Tees Dock Gbrf

 – ROC CAMERA 1 (Station) (networkrail.co.uk)s

10:19 – Direct Rail Services Class 37 light engine move – 0xxx York Parcels Sidings to York Parcels Sidings

10:43 – Direct Rail Services Class 37 light engine move – 0xxx York Parcels Sidings to York Parcels Sidings

10:51 – West Coast Railways Steam Pool Locomotive + Support Coach – 5Z23 York National Railway Museum to Carnforth Steamtown

18:11 – Direct Rail Services Class 37 light engine move – 0xxx York Parcels Sidings to York Parcels Sidings

18:22 – Direct Rail Services Class 37 light engine move – 0xxx York Parcels Sidings to York Parcels Sidings

 – ROC CAMERA 2 (Avoider) (networkrail.co.uk)

16:47 – GB Railfreight light engine move (Diesel) – 0N13 Doncaster Down Decoy Gb Railfreight to Tees Dock Gbrf

There is no guarantee that the services listed above will run, at the time of posting these are believed to be correct.

Friday 28th August – HERITAGE RAILWAY CAMERAS

LLANGOLLEN RAILWAY

(llangollen-railway.co.uk (stationholiday.co.uk)) 

GLYNDYFRDWY CAMERA

Towards Carrog: 11:01, 13:21 & 15:31

Towards Llangollen: 11:42, 13:57 & 16:07

NENE VALLEY RAILWAY

(nvr.org.uk)   

ORTON MERE CAMERA

Towards Peterborough:

Towards Wansford:

WANSFORD CAMERA

Arrivals:

Departures:

NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY

(nymr.co.uk)

GROSMONT CAMERA

Arrivals: Two round trips from Pickering to Whitby, Times at Grosmont TBC

Departures: Two round trips from Pickering to Whitby, Times at Grosmont TBC

ROMNEY, HYTHE & DYMCHURCH RAILWAY

(rhdr.org.uk)

Home of the Railcam Rambler

DUNGENESS CAMERA

Arrivals: 10:00, 11:05, 12:04, 12:55, 13:34, 15:10, 16:10 & 17:17

Departures: 10:30, 11:30, 13:00, 13:40, 14:36, 15:35 & 16:40

DYMCHURCH CAMERA

Towards Dungeness: Camera Offline

Towards Hythe: Camera Offline

HYTHE CAMERA

Arrivals: 11:40, 14:10 & 15:45

Departures: 11:00, 12:30 & 16:10

NEW ROMNEY CAMERA 1 (Hythe end & New Romney Shed)

Arrivals from Hythe: 11:32, 13:02 & 16:45

Departures towards Hythe: 11:05, 13:35 & 15:10

NEW ROMNEY CAMERA 2 (Dungeness end)

Arrivals from Dungeness: 10:58, 11:58, 13:28, 14:08, 15:04, 16:05 & 17:10

Departures towards Dungeness: 10:35, 11:38, 12:25, 13:08, 14:40, 15:40 & 16:50

ROMNEY SANDS CAMERA

Towards Dungeness: Camera Offline

Towards Hythe: Camera Offline

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY 

(southdevonrailway.co.uk)

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis

SPA VALLEY RAILWAY 

(spavalleyrailway.co.uk)

GROOMBRIDGE CAMERA

Towards Eridge: 10:46, 12:46 & 14:46

Towards Tunbridge Wells: 11:14, 13:14 & 15:14

SWANAGE RAILWAY

(swanagerailway.co.uk)

CORFE CASTLE CAMERA

Towards Norden: 10:45, 11:23, 12:20, 12:58, 13:55, 14:33, 15:30 & 16:08

Towards Swanage: 10:27, 11:07, 12:02, 12:42, 13:37, 14:17, 15:12, 15:52 & 16:27

SWANAGE CAMERA

Departures: 10:25, 11:03, 12:00, 12:38, 13:35, 14:13, 15:10 & 15:48

Arrivals: 10:47, 11:25, 12:22, 13:00, 13:52, 14:35, 15:32, 16:10 & 16:44

TALYLLYN RAILWAY

(talyllyn.co.uk

ABERGYNOLWYN CAMERA

Towards Nant Gwernol: 11:18 & 15:20

Towards Tywyn Wharf: 12:15 & 15:45

TYWYN WHARF CAMERA

Departures at: 10:30 & 14:05

Arrivals at: 13:02 & 16:32

PENDRE YARD CAMERA

Cam showing the activity ‘behind the scenes’ in Pendre yard. The camera is looking west from near the loco shed.

WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY

(west-somerset-railway.co.uk

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis

There is no guarantee that the services listed above will run, at the time of posting these are believed to be correct.

East Midlands Railway reinstates complete Midland Main Line service

East Midlands Railway (EMR) will reintroduce its complete EMR Intercity service from Monday, September 7.

This increase is part of a timetable enhancement across the wider EMR network which will provide 97% of the ‘normal’ or pre-Covid timetable.

The updated EMR Intercity timetable includes the full reintroduction of services between Corby and London, providing an additional 33 trains per day between the East Midlands and the capital.

Alongside this significant increase in train services, EMR will also reintroduce a limited at-seat catering service for First Class customers on weekdays. This will include a breakfast offering until 11am and then an all-day service through until the last train of the day. The catering offer will be fully complementary and has been redesigned to strictly limit contact between customers and our staff.

There will be some minor changes to the calling patterns of one morning and one evening peak service. This is to continue the high levels of punctuality provided to customers in recent months.

Full details and timetables are available on the EMR website and in stations.

To help customers plan ahead, EMR provides a Seat Finder Tool with the latest data so passengers can check how busy their journey is likely to be. The tool can be found on its website.

Customers must continue to wear a face covering, unless they are exempt. Anyone who refuses to wear one is liable to be fined £100. In addition, EMR will continue the enhanced cleaning regime introduced in March and will also continue to provide hot water and soap on board all trains as well as providing sanitiser at its 15 busiest stations.

Chris Wright, Commercial Director at East Midlands Railway, said: “As schools and businesses reopen across the country we are doing everything we can to provide as much capacity as possible.

“The reintroduction of our full timetable to and from London St Pancras International, includes an additional 33 trains per day. It is the result of a lot of hard work behind the scenes and we hope it will help social distancing as well as providing safe and convenient journeys for the cities, towns and communities we serve.

“There are some minor changes to our timetable to allow these extra trains to be introduced so I would urge our customers to check their journey before they set off as well as being mindful of other customers and our staff while they are travelling with us.”

East Midlands Railway increases services from Derby to Crewe by 33%

East Midlands Railway (EMR) is to increase the number of trains it runs between Derby and Crewe by a third from Monday, September 7.

The increase is part of a larger uplift in services which will see EMR expands its complete timetable to approximately 97% of its ‘normal’ or pre-Covid timetable across its network.

This is timed to coincide with the reopening of schools and an expected increase in the number of customers travelling and will provide more journey options and help to aid social distancing.

As a result, there are some minor changes to the current timetable and customers should check their journey before setting off

In addition, EMR is also determined to continue the high levels of punctuality delivered in recent months. As a result, the majority of EMR services will no longer call at Alsager, with the exception of the first and last trains of the day and any services which are relied upon by those travelling to school or college.

West Midlands Trains services to Crewe and Birmingham New Street will continue to serve the station every hour and agreements are in place to reinstate EMR services in the event of disruption.

Further details and timetables are available on the East Midlands Railway website.

To help customers plan ahead, EMR also provides a Seat Finder Tool with the latest data so passengers can check how busy their journey is likely to be. The tool can be found on its website.

Customers must continue to wear a face covering, unless they are exempt. Anyone who refuses to wear one is liable to be fined £100. In addition, EMR will continue the enhanced cleaning regime introduced in March and will also continue to provide hot water and soap on board all trains as well as providing sanitiser at its 15 busiest stations.

Chris Wright, Commercial Director at East Midlands Railway, said: “As schools and businesses reopen across the country, we are doing everything we can to provide as much capacity as possible across our network.

“This includes a 33% increase in services between Derby and Crewe which will help to aid social distancing where possible, as well as provide more journey opportunities for our customers.

“There are some changes to our timetable to allow these extra trains so I would urge our customers to check their journey before they set off as well as being mindful of other customers and our staff while they are travelling with us.”

Services start running at Ashton Interchange

Services are set to start running from the brand-new Ashton-under-Lyne interchange this weekend, providing passengers with much-improved facilities and a modern, accessible gateway to the town.

From Sunday 30 August, 90%* of bus services will start operating from the £32.7m facility, enabling passengers to easily change between different modes of travel – including Metrolink, rail, walking and cycling.

The interchange has been developed by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) in partnership with Tameside Council and funded with support from central government’s Local Growth Deal programme. The building contractor was VINCI Construction UK.

The improved facilities include a covered concourse and waiting area, electronic bus, Metrolink and rail information, high-quality accessible toilets, baby changing and ‘Changing Places’ facilities, retail units, CCTV and secure cycle parking spaces.

The facility has been designed to accommodate more bus services while the centralised concourse will reduce walking time for passengers.

As with all current Transport for Greater Manchester passenger–facing infrastructure, measures have been put in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus such as signage, spacing, stickers and anti-viral cleaning regimes. For more information, visit https://tfgm.com/coronavirus

The facility will be managed in accordance with Covid-19 mandatory transport restrictions and guidelines with social distancing measures, the use of face masks and signage in place to safeguard visitors, passengers and staff.”

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “As a city-region, we have faced a year of unprecedented challenge in the face of the pandemic, so I’m delighted to be able to announce the opening of this impressive and transformational facility.

“Not only will it have a real positive impact for the borough in terms of regeneration and boosting access to employment, education and leisure; the modern and simplified facilities will hopefully make public transport an even more attractive option for people in Tameside in the long-term.

“It’s another step towards creating the world-class connectivity that Greater Manchester needs to enable us to get more cars off the roads, reduce congestion and improve air quality.”

The new interchange will also support Vision Tameside – an ambitious redevelopment strategy to bring greater economic prosperity, increase job opportunities and transform learning and skills in the Tameside borough.

Tameside Council Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington said: “It’s exciting that this fantastic new interchange and its tremendous facilities will be open very soon for our residents to benefit from.

“As we continue to live with Coronavirus, it will support more environmentally-friendly travel when walking or cycling isn’t an option and will provide better access to education and employment for our residents. Furthermore, as we look to build back better and greener it will bring more visitors to our retailers and attractions, boosting the town centre economy.”

Tameside Council Executive Member for Transport and Connectivity Cllr Warren Bray said: “This brand-new interchange will provide an attractive gateway into Ashton and enable passengers to safely and conveniently change between bus, train and tram.

“Please enjoy these new facilities and remember whilst using public transport continue to protect each other by wearing a face covering and observing the social distancing guidelines.”

VINCI Construction UK’s Regional Managing Director John Roberts said “It’s great to see the outcome of this project following what has undoubtedly been a difficult time due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

“The new concourse area and reduced pedestrian bus interfaces will help to assist the people of Tameside with social distancing without the need to worry about bus movements whilst improving their link between the bus and tram network. It really is a modern and impressive facility that will provide a comfortable and welcoming environment”.

The new interchange has been built on part of the previous bus station site on Wellington Road along with land acquired next to the site. It is designed to use space more efficiently, enabling capacity for up to 145 bus departures per hour via a mixture of ‘drive in, drive out’ (DIDO) and ‘drive in reverse out’ (DIRO) stands.

The new facility has also reduced the number of pedestrian crossings across the site to two, compared to the 14 in place at the old facility.

Artist Michael Condron was appointed to create and install artwork at the new interchange. Michael worked with local people to design the public art for the interchange so it would reflect the area’s heritage. The artwork was part funded by the National Lottery through Heritage Lottery funding.

Construction of the facility began in June 2018, following a month-long public consultation that ran between August and September 2015.

Volunteers help stop one of UK’s most invasive plants from ravaging Cumbrian beauty spot

Volunteers from Network Rail are helping to stop destruction on a river in Cumbria by Himalayan balsam – one of Britain’s most invasive alien plant species.

The non-native weed, which has a stronghold on local rail embankments, risked infesting a beauty spot in Troutbeck and on the River Kent in Kendal before the volunteer railway workers joined forces with the South Cumbria Rivers Trust (SCRT)

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Growing rapidly, the Himalayan balsam was spilling from the railway onto the riverbank, suppressing native plant growth and threatening the recently created natural flood defences.

Himalayan Balsam taking over the River Kent

SCRT built the natural defences by stacking logs and building dams to reduce flooding risk. To monitor the project’s success, CCTV was installed. The infestation of Himalayan balsam meant the view of the CCTV was obscured.

Matthew Thomas, an ecologist at Network Rail who took part, said: “Usually the South Cumbria Rivers Trust has to call in specialist contractors to do all their Himalayan balsam clearance, so we were happy to use our volunteer leave to lend our graft and knowledge, and help reduce these costs.

“This invasive plant is a huge blight on the railway and native biodiversity in general so anything we can do to share best practice and slow the spread in areas of natural beauty like the River Kent and Troutbeck is the least we can do.”

Riverbanks, railways and waste land are the perfect breeding ground for Himalayan balsam to spread rapidly.

It greedily gets an early start in spring and quickly shades out native plants so that by summer it has often taken control of the entire habitat.

Each plant has pods containing more than 500 seeds each which then explode in the autumn, allowing new plants to set root up to seven metres away.

Jayne Wilkinson from the South Cumbria River Trust, said: “As a small charity we work closely with partners and volunteers to deliver benefits across South Cumbria, therefore we were grateful when Network Rail got in touch saying they would like to help out on a volunteering day.

“We had the perfect site for them alongside a section of railway line in Kendal where Himalayan Balsam has spread rapidly, with the team doing a good job of ‘pulling’ the balsam on the day to clear neighbouring land. Although still an issue at the site, with on-going control required, it is good to see some progress being made to help to protect our local biodiversity.”

Thanks to the SCRT and the work of the volunteers, Himalayan balsam has been almost eradicated from the River Kent.

This involved what’s known as ‘balsam bashing’ – pulling up the invasive weed before its seed pods are big enough to burst.

23-days of engineering work to modernise the railway around Clacton-on-Sea

Passengers in the Clacton-on-Sea area will benefit from a significant upgrade in reliability and safety when a computer-based signalling system goes live as a major upgrade is carried out between now and next Spring, including a 23-day stretch of intensive engineering works during February and March 2021.

The railway between Thorpe-le-Soken and Clacton-on-Sea is being upgraded with new computer-based signals. This will replace the current system which uses mechanical levers and pullies to change signals and track points, to allow trains to switch between tracks. The new system will be controlled from a powered signal box at Colchester. 

Clacton Signal Box with points

Network Rail aims to provide a safer, more reliable railway, improving the passenger experience, providing better live passenger information and recovering quicker if the system fails.

During the 23-day works from Saturday 20 February to Sunday 14 March, alterations will also be made to the overhead line equipment, and the track layout will be remodelled and updated to cater for a modern railway with powered switches and crossing controlled by the new signals.

To allow us to complete this important re-signalling and renewals programme, we are carrying out work over weekends and during a 23-day closure, starting on Saturday 20 February 2021, when trains will be replaced by rail replacement buses.

Work will take place on the following dates, with rail replacement buses in operation on the following routes:

Clacton Signal Box

Between Thorpe-le-Soken and Clacton-on-Sea

  • Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 September
  • Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 September
  • Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 September
  • Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 October
  • Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 October
  • Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 October
  • Sunday 25 October
  • Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 February
  • Saturday 20 February – Sunday 14 March
  • Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 March
  • Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 April
  • Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 April

Between Hythe and Walton-on-the Naze

  • Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 October 
  • Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 October
  • Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 October
  • Sunday 25 October
  • Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 February 
  • Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 February
  • Saturday 27 – Sunday 28 February
  • Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 March
  • Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 March
  • Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 March
  • Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 April
  • Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 April

Anyone wishing to travel across these routes, during the works is advised to plan ahead and check before travelling with nationalrail.co.uk or greateranglia.co.uk.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, said: “We will deliver a significant package of works during a three-week period in February and March 2021.

“I’m sorry for the disruption that 23 days of engineering works will cause for passengers. Completing these large-scale projects and maintenance in one coordinated effort, will help reduce the overall amount of disruption and deliver a safer, modern and reliable railway for many years to come.”                                    

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, said: “We know that our customers would rather travel by train than bus, but we will make sure they are still able to complete their journeys, even if part of it is by bus, during this major works.

“Together with Network Rail we are transforming rail travel in Essex, as they modernise the signalling and track and we are introducing brand new longer state-of-the-art trains to replace every single one of our old trains across the whole of our network.

“Please check our website and social media for updates about alternative travel arrangements during these works.”

Final reminder to passengers about August bank holiday railway upgrades in Liverpool

  • Railway upgrades are taking place in Liverpool between 29-31 August to improve the railway for passengers
  • Passengers are advised to plan ahead and check before they travel
  • Please continue following Government advice around the use of public transport – wear a face covering if not exempt, maintain a distance from others and avoid peak times where possible

Passengers are advised to check before they travel this weekend ahead of signalling upgrades in Liverpool this August bank holiday.

Signalling control is being moved from Ditton to the state-of-the-art Manchester Rail Operating Centre (ROC) between Saturday 29 and Monday 31 August 2020.

The multi-million-pound project* will make the railway more reliable for passengers, enabling signallers to rapidly respond to disruption and route trains faster – reducing future train delays.

During the work trains will be diverted onto different routes keeping services running in and out of Liverpool.

Some rail replacement buses will be in operation between Warrington, Runcorn, Crewe and Liverpool South Parkway.

Passengers planning to use these routes are being warned to expect changes to their usual journey and urged to check www.nationalrail.co.uk/westcoast to see how their trip will be impacted.

They should continue to follow Government guidance on public transport – wear a face covering unless they are exempt and maintain a distance from other passengers where possible.

Phil James, director for Network Rail’s North west route, said: “We know there is never a good time to close the railway, but longer bank holiday weekends mean engineers can carry out complex work like this major upgrade to the signalling system in Ditton as part of the Great North Rail Project.

“I’d like to thank passengers in advance for their patience and encourage them to check National Rail Enquiries now in advance of the upcoming bank holiday weekend.”

Meanwhile, work is also being carried out near Coventry in the West Midlands over the August bank holiday and on Sunday 6 September.

This will affect all rail services between Birmingham New Street and London Euston. Click here to find out more.

Passengers are advised to continue to follow government advice on the use of public transport in order to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Travellers must wear a face covering on train services and any replacement bus services. Those who fail to do so risk being fined £100.

However, some people are exempt, including young children and people with hidden disabilities or breathing difficulties.

For more information visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers

People who have to travel by rail between 29-31 August should plan ahead and be prepared for changes to their usual journey, if travelling on the affected sections of the West Coast main line.

Social distancing measures will see queuing systems in place when boarding services in some stations.

There will also be less space on trains and replacement buses.

Please check www.nationalrail.co.uk for the latest information.

Final reminder to passengers about August bank holiday rail upgrades between Birmingham and London

  • Multiple railway upgrades are taking place through the ‘Coventry corridor’ between 29-31 August and on Sunday 6 September
  • All trains between Birmingham New Street and London Euston will be affected, either with longer journeys or bus replacements
  • Passengers are advised to plan ahead and travel before and after the bank holiday weekend
  • Continue following Government advice on the use of public transport – wear a face covering, maintain a distance from others and avoid peak times where possible

Major railway upgrades are taking place between the West Midlands and London Euston this August bank holiday to make journeys more reliable for passengers and freight customers in future.

The multi-million-pound investment, part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan, will see Network Rail replace track, upgrade signalling and maintain bridges and other structures this weekend on the section of line known as the ‘Coventry corridor’.

To maximise the amount of work which can be done between Saturday 29 and Monday 31 August 2020, the railway will be entirely closed to trains between Rugby and Coventry.

With all trains running between Birmingham New Street and London Euston affected during this time, passengers are being advised to travel before and after the railway closure, on or before Friday 28 August and on or after Tuesday 1 September.

The railway will be closed again on Sunday 6 September with the same travel advice for passengers.

For those who do choose to travel during the improvement work, a reduced timetable will be in place and replacement bus services will be in operation.

Passengers are being warned to expect changes to their usual journey and should check www.nationalrail.co.uk/westcoast to see how their trip will be impacted.

They should continue to follow Government guidance on public transport – wear a face covering unless they are exempt and maintain a distance from other passengers where possible.

Dave Penney, director for Network Rail’s Central route, said: “We know there is never a good time to close the railway, but when we do, we do as much work as possible to minimise disruption to passengers. This August bank holiday is no exception, particularly in the Coventry area, where multiple jobs will take place to help improve freight and passenger journeys.

“I’d urge people to plan ahead and try to travel before and after the bank holiday weekend. Anyone who plans to travel through Coventry should be prepared for their journey to be different to how it is normally so please check National Rail Enquiries for the latest information.”

Travellers must wear a face covering on train services and any replacement bus services. Those who fail to do so risk being fined £100.

However, some people are exempt, including young children and people with hidden disabilities or breathing difficulties.

For more information visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers

Social distancing measures will see queuing systems in place when boarding services in some stations. There will also be less space on trains and replacement buses.

Please check www.nationalrail.co.uk for the latest information.

Overhead line and power upgrades set to improve reliability of the Great Eastern Main Line

A programme of upgrade works will be taking place this autumn on the main line between Stratford and Shenfield to improve reliability of passenger journeys and prepare for the start of Elizabeth line services.

At Stratford and Maryland, works will take place to upgrade the overhead line electrification with a new auto tension system that adapts to temperature changes, meaning fewer delays and cancellations for passengers in the summer months.

Engineers will also be upgrading the power systems along the line to Shenfield as part of the preparation for the start of Elizabeth line services.

Most infrastructure work for Crossrail has been completed between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, but these works are being done to provide sufficient power supply for the new service to operate.

This power supply work and the overhead line work at Stratford is being coordinated to minimise disruption to passengers. Works will take place on the following dates this autumn:

  • Sunday 18 October
  • Sunday 25 October
  • Sunday 1 November
  • Sunday 8 November
  • Sunday 15 November
  • Sunday 22 November

The following services into London will be affected by these works:

TfL Rail

  • Services will be suspended on these dates with bus replacement services operating to provide a connection to the Central line at Newbury Park. 

Greater Anglia services:

  • Except for Sunday 1 and 8 November (Remembrance Sunday), London bound Greater Anglia services from Norwich will terminate at Ipswich. A rail replacement bus service will be in operation between Ipswich and Newbury Park, between Witham and Braintree and between Marks Tey and Sudbury calling at stations inbetween.
  • Train services from Southend Victoria and Southminster will terminate at Billericay with bus replacement services in place.
  • On Sunday 1 November, London bound trains will terminate at Colchester with a bus replacement service calling at all stations and connecting to Newbury Park for the Central line. 
  • Train services into London will be available on 8 November (Remembrance Sunday)

Passengers expecting to travel on these dates are advised to check before travelling with nationalrail.co.uk, tfl.gov.uk or greateranglia.co.uk.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia said: “The recent hot weather has shown that having a modern overhead power system that automatically adjusts to ambient air temperature is vital to running an efficient railway.

“Having completed the upgrade of the overhead wires between Forest Gate and Chelmsford and on the Southend Victoria line, updating the wires in Stratford is our last big push to get this upgrade work completed.

“Not running trains on some Sundays will be inconvenient for which I apologise, but it is vital time for our engineers to make preparations for our bigger package of works at Christmas.”

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia’s Managing Director, said: “This essential work will help to improve the punctuality and reliability of our services.

“Similar work has already been carried out on the Southend Victoria line and we are already seeing the benefits.

“A rail replacement bus service will be in operation while the work takes place. Customers should check before they travel and allow more time for their journeys.

“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank customers for their patience.”

The upgrade of the overhead line equipment between Stratford and Maryland will continue over Christmas 2020 and weekends in January and February, completing by Easter 2021. More information for works planned at Christmas and in 2021 will be announced later this year. 

Templecombe and Haslemere stations shortlisted for coveted railway prize

Two South Western Railway (SWR) stations are in the running to be crowned ‘Station of the Year’, as part of the National Rail Awards (NRA) 2020.

The judges were impressed by Templecombe station in Somerset and Haslemere station in Surrey, with both being shortlisted earlier this month.

The Friends of Templecombe Station – a long established adoption group which has worked closely with the SWR member of staff at the station – has continued to produce beautiful flower displays which are on show across the site, including on the disused platform. They also host monthly coffee mornings in the station’s waiting area, supporting passengers and the local community alike.

The station has history with the awards, having been highly commended in this category in 2018 and winning in 2019.

The local station adoption group at Haslemere has worked closely with the SWR team to install new flower displays, a defibrillator and artwork produced by local schoolchildren. They also received funding and assistance from a variety of teams across SWR to completely refurbish the volunteer-run Information Hub, which is leased on a peppercorn rent.

Commenting, SWR’s Head of Stations Jerome Pacatte said:

“Our station colleagues and local community groups work incredibly hard to maintain and enhance our stations, and in doing help to enhance the overall experience of using our network.

“It is fantastic that the teams that help to maintain both Templecombe and Haslemere stations have already been recognised by the National Rail Awards. This is richly deserved, and we are all wishing them the best of the luck for the next stage of the competition”.

South Western Railway launches Apple Pay on its app and website

South Western Railway has become one of the first UK train operators to launch Apple Pay on its app and website making it even easier for customers to buy their tickets online.

Customers using an apple device such as an iPad or iPhone can use the feature through the SWR app or SWR website when purchasing a ticket.

The Apple Pay feature allows customers to buy a ticket without having to enter their details such as card number and billing address every time they purchase a ticket. Instead, the system uses the card information saved on the device to process the transaction in a matter of seconds.

Using the SWR app also allows customers to use e-tickets which can be saved directly onto a customer’s phone, rather than having to print a ticket at the station before travelling.

Peter Williams, Commercial Director for South Western Railway, said: “Using our app or our website has always been the easiest way to buy train tickets.

“We’re constantly looking at new technology to make buying tickets even easier for our customers and this new feature will do just that.”