Modern Railways - August 2017

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West Coast ups the ante
The Euston route is setting the example in performance terms

A network under strain
A detailed analysis of Chris Gibb’s report on the GTR franchise, with exclusive commentary from its author

Marshlink – the overlapping split
An alternative proposal for the Ashford-Hastings route

Thameslink on the finishing straight
A look ahead to the works planned for the August blockade at London Bridge

Two high-speed lines in one day
Keith Fender reports on the new TGV routes to Rennes and Bordeaux

REGULARS

Welcome
An introduction from the European Editor

Railtalk
Modern Railways’ editorial view

Pan Up
Ian Walmsley discusses rolling stock solutions for the Midland main line

Forum
Readers comment on topical issues around the railway today

Blood and custard
Our diary column

Trackwatch
Our monthly look at changes on the national network

Moving Wheels
Rolling stock news

In Business and small ads
Latest happenings in industry

People
Recent appointments

High Speed 2
Momentum building in the Midlands

Crossrail update
Elizabeth Line to serve Heathrow Terminal 5

Between the Lines
The East Coast curse returns

Alan Williams
Gloomy prospects for the north of England

GREAT WESTERN FOCUS

Great Western improvement imminent
An update on the operator’s modernisation plans

Where next for MetroWest?
Improved services are planned in the Bristol area

NEWS

News Front
Class 345 enters service; Class 769s for Wales; HS2 Phase 2 route confirmed; Night Overground in December

Rail Freight
Highland oil flow restarts; West Midlands interchange moves forward

Infrastructure News
Derby remodelling in 2018; Harsco wins stoneblower order

Informed Sources
East Coast franchise in trouble; Resonate’s traffic management triumph; OHLE clearance regulations punishing electrification

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