Modern Railways - October 2016

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An overview of Thales’ global capabilities


Abellio’s Anglian ambition
Retired railway manager Theo Steel assesses the region’s prospects in the new franchise

IC125 at 40 – still tomorrow’s train
Roger Ford marks a significant milestone for the HST

EGIP rolls on
A progress report on electrification in the Scottish central belt

London to Scotland – rail battles air for market share
The two modes’ fortunes in the Anglo-Scottish market compared

Stations of the future
Ideas generated at the first of the Railway Study Association’s Thought Workshops

Conwy Valley line gets a breath of fresh air
Efforts to boost traffic on the scenic North Wales branch


An introduction from the Editorial Assistant

Modern Railways’ editorial view

Pan Up
Risk on the railways; a profile of Voith’s railway expertise

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
Last major construction contract awarded

Between the Lines
Prospects for the passenger sector assessed

Alan Williams
A Yorkshire lament from our erstwhile pundit


News Front
New London Bridge concourse opens; more trains for the West Midlands; Night Tube services begin; Metrolink Second City Crossing milestone

Rail Freight
Transport for the North’s freight and logistics strategy; new wagons for GBRf

Infrastructure News
Hinksey flood alleviation works completed; dive-under favoured at Werrington

Informed Sources
RSG export ambitions questioned; DfT looks ahead to CP6; Siemens to contest Anglia rolling stock contract award

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