Modern Railways - December 2016

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West Midlands Railway – a brand for Birmingham
Local authorities are looking to take greater control of suburban services

Midland Metro makes tracks
A series of extensions to the light rail system are in the pipeline

Coventry NUCKLEs down
Focus on the upgrading of the Leamington-Coventry-Nuneaton route


An introduction from the editor

Modern Railways’ editorial view

Pan Up
Who killed Alec Trick?; a call for beauty in transport

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
Stations take shape

Between the Lines
Chris Stokes reviews developments at HS2

Alan Williams
TransPennine troubles for Middlesbrough passengers


Cardiff prepares for CASR commissioning
A Christmas blockade will see major works in the Welsh capital

Heathrow Southern Railway – a new opportunity
Could a new proposal help meet capacity needs?

The LOROL success story
The secret behind the transformation of London’s forgotten lines

Women in Rail
Founder Adeline Ginn explains the organisation’s role

Rail regulation
ORR chief executive Joanna Whittington discusses recent developments

Fine restoration
A preview of entries to the 2016 National Railway Heritage Awards