Modern Railways - June, 2018

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Royal opening for London Bridge
Duke of Cambridge’s visit marks end of rebuilding

Thameslink ramp-up begins
An overview of the four-stage service increase strategy

My Railway Life
WSP Design Manager Claire Gott reflects on the London Bridge project

Digital signalling and control
Roger Ford overviews Digital Railway technologies

Essex commuters keep the faith
Theo Steel analyses passenger trends north of the Thames

Stadler bi-modes taking shape
A report on Greater Anglia’s new trains

The Railway Industry Innovation Awards 2018
A preview of entries for our June ceremony


An introduction from the Editor

Modern Railways’ editorial view

Pan Up
Train names – the good and the bad; how can rail adapt to a changing demographic?

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

Recent appointments

In Business and small ads
Latest happenings in industry

High Speed 2
Demolition works planned at Euston

Crossrail update
Old Oak Common depot open for business

Between the Lines
Tales of a trip to Thornaby

Alan Williams
A repeated plea for trans-Pennine electrification


News Front
First electric train to Blackpool; Heathrow Western link moves forward; new Tube fleet contract award imminent; RIA looks to cut wiring costs

Rail Freight
NR’s CP6 freight wish-list; new Liverpool container service

Infrastructure News
Cornish resignalling work; more wires go live in Scotland

Informed Sources
Digital Railway strategy in focus; West Coast Partnership franchise specification; lightweight trains

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