Modern Railways - February 2019

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Snowy Scotland
Wintry scenes from north of the border

Traffic goes on growing
A review of passenger usage trends

Urban growth benefits rail
Theo Steel examines the influences on rail patronage growth

Bolton electrification – learning the lessons
Reflections on the troubled wiring project

How do you solve a problem like Piccadilly?
Latest plans for Manchester’s congested Castlefield corridor

Widnes working for Alstom
The manufacturer’s new modernisation centre in focus

Rossendale reopening prospect
Could main line services use part of the East Lancashire Railway?

Settle & Carlisle restored
Encouraging traffic growth following the Eden Brows landslip

Blackfriars – a station alongside the Thames
Extract from Chris Heather’s new book London Railway Stations

Punctuality Tokyo style
Japanese and British operating practices compared


An introduction from the Editor

Modern Railways’ editorial view

Pan Up
ROG’s plans for tri-mode Class 93s and Flex units for parcels traffic; Voyagers and the Dawlish sea wall

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
Political challenges facing the high-speed line

Between the Lines
Chris Stokes discusses the Williams review

Alan Williams
King’s Cross remodelling delay gives time for reflection


News Front
Wiring progress on the Western; festive engineering programme; Crossrail delay hits TfL budget; Manchester considers tram-train pilot

Crossrail update
New Chief Executive Mark Wild explains the way forward for the troubled project

Rail Freight
Mid-summer freight boost; Freightliner wins Mendip haulage deal

Infrastructure News
Barking Riverside contractor confirmed; more CP6 contracts awarded

Informed Sources
New train delivery challenge in 2019; new train TIN-watch

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