Modern Railways - May 2016

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FREE Rail Transformation in the North supplement
A look at prospects for the region as the new Northern and Transpennine express
franchise begin

FEATURES

Cardiff Central meets the rugby challenge
A behind the scenes look at match day crowd control

Trains are getting busier
Theo Steel analyses train load data

REGULARS

Welcome
An introduction from Theo Steel

Railtalk
Modern Railways’ editorial view

Forum
Readers comment on topical issues around the railway today

Blood and custard
Our diary column

Pan Up
Cardiff metro proposals; Northern coastal tour

Moving Wheels
Rolling stock news

Trackwatch
Our monthly look at changes on the national network

In Business and small ads
Latest happenings in industry

Crossrail update
Surface works progress

Between the Lines
Chris Stokes discusses the Shaw report and prospects for freight

People
Recent appointments

Alan Williams
Implications of the Shaw report for the North of England

NEWS

News Front
New Northern and TransPennine franchises launched; Virgin unveils the Azuma; 10 more years for Hull Trains; May timetable changes

Rail Freight
Scottish freight strategy; Highland Spring plans new rail terminal

Infrastructure News
Norton Bridge flyover commissioned; alliance to build Ordsall Chord

Informed Sources
Shaw report analysed; Waboso to head Digital Railway; ECML ETCS slides back

Europe View
Keith Fender presents a round-up of news from across the Channel