Modern Railways - July 2017

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East Coast customer service
VTEC MD David Horne told the RSA about the operator’s plans

Improving infrastructure delivery
Network Rail’s Managing Director Infrastructure Projects Dr Francis Paonessa in conversation

Kent on the cusp of change
The garden of England is looking ahead to the next rail franchise

Capacity crunch at Chester
An examination of challenges facing the Mersey Dee region

My Railway Life
Hitachi’s Production Manager Nikki Bones discusses life at Newton Aycliffe

Tartan trains on track
A behind the scenes look at how ScotRail’s new Class 385 EMUs are built

Bi-modes in production
GWR’s Class 802s for the West Country taking shape in Italy


An introduction from the Editor

Modern Railways’ editorial view

Pan Up
Class 92 overhaul; why do railway experts oppose HS2?

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
Investment plans around Phase 1 stations

Crossrail update
Heathrow charges appeal rejected

Between the Lines
Commuting costs to the capital compared

Alan Williams
Tales of troubled TransPennine travels


News Front
West Coast open access battle; Cambridge North station opens; electric services to Maidenhead; Cornwall resignalling contract

Rail Freight
Coal decline continues; GBRf extends Felixstowe contract

Infrastructure News
Spring bank holiday works; GOBLIN wiring closures

Informed Sources
HS2 rolling stock special – technical specification analysed as manufacturers tout their wares; new train blues

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