Modern Railways - May 2017

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An introduction from the Editor

Modern Railways’ editorial view

Pan Up
Why can’t a train be more like a tram?

Readers comment on topical issues around the railway today

Blood and custard
Our diary column

Moving Wheels
Rolling stock news

In Business and small ads
Latest happenings in industry

Recent appointments

Our monthly look at changes on the national network

High Speed 2
Developing plans for the UK Central Hub in Birmingham

Crossrail update
Wires go live on the Western

Between the Lines
What benefit to examining profitability of individual routes?

Alan Williams
Could Network Rail in the public sector be bad news?


Metrolink at 25
The history and prospects for Manchester’s light rail network

Electrics reach Maidenhead
GWR’s EMU operations headline our roundup of May timetable changes

Crossrail 2 – an alternative solution for south west London
Retired engineer Phil Spencer presents his proposals for the new cross-London route

Contrasting fortunes for the regions
Anglo-Scottish traffic is struggling, reports Theo Steel

Setting the standards – RSSB shapes up for the future
The body is about more than just safety, says its chief executive

RIA showcases innovation
A report from the Railway Industry Association’s annual conference

The digital railway
Network Rail’s David Waboso sets out what he aims to achieve

Final countdown to Railtex
Last preparations for the May trade show are underway


News Front
Kent’s rail capacity challenge; Croxley link funding shortfall; Low Moor and Ilkeston stations open; return freight working to China

Rail Freight
DBC renews steel deal; Valley Lines freight safeguarded

Infrastructure News
Northern Line extension progress; BAM Nuttall for Merseyrail depot

Informed Sources
Mass rolling stock extinction in new South Western franchise; Thameslink timetable troubles; electrification outlook bleak

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