Modern Railways - August, 2018

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FEATURES
My Railway Life
We meet c2c’s Head of Control Tommy Puncheon

GREAT WESTERN IN FOCUS
Great Western gearing up for change
GWR MD Mark Hopwood outlines the franchisee’s plans

Filton bank four-tracking
Bristol quadrupling scheme in focus

Electrification in South Wales
Great Western and Valleys wiring progress and plans

GW first with TM
Resonate’s Traffic Management installation at Didcot

Private funding for Heathrow links
Plans for the western and southern accesses to the airport

REGULARS
Welcome
An introduction from the Assistant Editor

Railtalk
Modern Railways’ editorial view

Pan Up
Ian Walmsley evokes Dad’s Army for the 21st century railway

Forum
Readers comment on topical issues around the railway today

Blood and Custard
Our diary column

Moving Wheels
Rolling stock news

People
Recent appointments

Trackwatch
Our monthly look at changes on the national network

In Business and small ads
Latest happenings in industry

High Speed 2
Rolling stock movers and shakers

Crossrail update
The Elizabeth Line’s maintenance trains

Between the Lines
Chris Stokes responds to criticism on his view of re-openings

Alan Williams
Time for actions in the North of England

NEWS
News Front
Timetable changes deferred; passenger journeys slump; Siemens wins Piccadilly fleet order; Class 710 set for autumn Overground debut

Rail Freight
Longer sidings at Southampton; outgoing RFG chairman honoured

Infrastructure News
Highland resignalling contract; blockade to complete Bolton wiring

Informed Sources
Rolling stock factory capacity analysis updated; time to reboot East Coast?; new train reliability update

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

ON THE COVER
Free Rail Evolution supplement
Great Western in focus
Overground promise
Piccadilly progress