Modern Railways - May 2019

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Rolling stock challenges
New and cascaded fleets in franchise deal

Welsh pioneering operational changes
Traffic Management in Cardiff and a new performance measure

Core Valley Lines – assets transferring
TfW set to take over routes north of Cardiff

GWEP on the home straight
Wires to Cardiff set for November completion

Improving stations
Near £200 million investment promised


An introduction from the Editor

Modern Railways’ editorial view

Pan Up
Ian and pals tour the West Country; a visit to Wabtec at Doncaster

Readers comment on topical issues around the railway today

Blood and Custard
Our diary column

Moving Wheels
Rolling stock news

In Business and small ads
Latest happenings in industry

Recent appointments

Our monthly look at changes on the national network

High Speed 2
Site clearance for west London crossover box

Crossrail update
The delay and cost overrun inquest continues

Between the Lines
The perils of politically-driven timetable improvements

Alan Williams
Our pundit takes a tour across the North


CrossCountry speed-up
Operator benefits from infrastructure improvements

South Western and West Midlands set for recasts
Our round-up of timetable changes in May


News Front
GWR set for HST farewell; Abellio wins East Midlands deal; FirstGroup orders East Coast open access fleet; Call for south London metroisation

Rail Freight
Coal from Cumbria by rail; Class 56 fleet repowering

Infrastructure News
Breakthrough at Bank; contract for next phase of NUCKLE works

Informed Sources
Signalling in crisis; prospective East Coast Partnership models; good month for ‘385s’ in New Train TIN-watch

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