Modern Railways - April, 2018

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Innovation under the spotlight
A report from RIA’s annual conference

Southeastern anticipates London Bridge dividend
Benefits coming with May timetable change

Charting an electric freight future
Julian Worth advocates a modest wiring programme

Prime time for Meridian Water
A report on the Lee Valley rail improvements

West Coast: an effective partnership
Virgin Trains and Network Rail highlight successful joint working

Rail and air compared
Andrew Haines of the CAA discusses the two industries

Profits hold up
An analysis of operators’ financial performance and growth trends

Electrification in Ireland’s 10-year rail plans
Outgoing chief executive David Franks discusses progress at Irish Rail

Eurostar reaches Amsterdam
Inaugural direct service ahead of April passenger run


An introduction from the Editor

Modern Railways’ editorial view

Pan Up
CAF pioneers the battery tram; research on sanding, seating and virtual reality

Readers comment on topical issues around the railway today

Blood and custard
Our diary column

Moving Wheels
Rolling stock news

Our monthly look at changes on the national network

Crossrail update
First Class 345 driven through Elizabeth Line tunnels

Recent appointments

In Business and small ads
Latest happenings in industry

High Speed 2
Grayling backs Crewe hub plans

Between the Lines
Historic infrastructure constraints still prevail

Alan Williams
In defence of timetable information


News Front
D-train for Marston Vale; Corby doubling completed; Grand Central applies for extra services; Siemens plans factory at Goole

Rail Freight
Freight traffic falls again; iPort rail terminal opens

Infrastructure News
Hope Valley capacity scheme approved; design funding for Croydon remodelling

Informed Sources
May timetable troubles; franchises under financial strain; Digital Railway hysteria still prevails

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