Modern Railways - July 2016

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Perry prioritises passengers
The Rail Minister discusses Network Rail, franchising and smart ticketing

East Coast performance challenge
Can this key main line cope with more services?

Great Western electrification – chasing cost and time
Roger Ford discovers how Network Rail is applying value engineering

Ebbw Vale second track awaits final mile
Progress with double-tracking the South Wales branch line

Settle – Carlisle – the potential for long distance traffic
Theo Steel suggests that journey times on the route could be improved

Kent’s railways on a roll
More trains and infrastructure improvements are in the pipeline

The social media story
How useful are social media to the rail industry?


Modern Railways’ editorial view

Pan Up
The truth about innovation; how to really promote sustainability

Readers comment on topical issues around the railway today

Blood and custard
Our diary column

Moving Wheels
Rolling stock news

Recent appointments

In Business and small ads
Latest happenings in industry

Our monthly look at changes on the national network

Crossrail update
A briefing on Crossrail’s tunnelling academy

Between the Lines
East Coast open access in focus

Alan Williams
Time for a change in level crossing policy


News Front
GTR launches Class 700; all bi-mode IEP fleet for Great
Western; CAF to build new TPE trains; GTR franchise
in default over missed performance targets

Rail Freight
The collapse of coal; hopper wagons recycled

Infrastructure News
Queen Street works progress; GOBLIN blockades begin

Informed Sources
What future for franchising?; changes ahead in Periodic review; rolling stock challenges loom

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