Modern Railways - July, 2018

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One network for the West Midlands
New branding to unite rail, tram and bus services

Bringing the Midlands together
Midlands Connect looks to increase East-West capacity

Taking it to the next level
West Midlands Trains’ plans for the franchise

Railtex returns to the Midlands
A look ahead to next May’s show at the NEC

Cross City continues to grow
Meeting future demand on the key Birmingham suburban artery

Derby ready for resignalling
A preview of the 79 days of major works this summer

Mountsorrel’s Midland main line challenge
A profile of rail operations at the Leicestershire quarry

Meet The Buyer back at Modern Railways RVE
Partners join to support our October show in Derby

Bi-mode Aventra details revealed
Bombardier’s Derby-designed product in focus


Iarnród Éireann plans fleet expansion
An update on developments in the Republic


An introduction from Tony Miles

Modern Railways’ editorial view

Pan Up
Ian Walmsley discusses potential applications for MAN’s VP185 engine

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
Property acquisition and plans for a high-speed test facility

Crossrail update
The Oxford Street pedestrianisation debate

Between the Lines
Intermodal flows in the US and UK contrasted

Alan Williams
Our pundit tackles Northern’s timetable troubles


News Front
New timetables in disarray; Welsh franchise plans unveiled; Alliance ‘225s’ to Blackpool; Lime Street works move forward

Rail Freight
Freight’s economic benefits; construction traffic grows in 2017-18

Infrastructure News
Surveying the sea wall; Kilsby tunnel shaft restoration

Informed Sources
The history of East Coast franchising – what lessons can we learn?

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