Modern Railways - July 2019

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Light rail contrasts
A survey of recent developments

West Midlands Metro expanding
Progress on light rail network expansions

Changing scene at Blackpool
Further tram extensions are among local aspirations

Sheffield tram-train sets the standard
The UK pilot scheme is performing ahead of expectations


The new Network Rail
CEO Andrew Haines on his priorities for the reshaped organisation

The value of time
Steer’s Richard Harper assesses commercial influences on the timetable

Crossrail’s credible plan
How the revised Elizabeth Line opening strategy was devised

My Railway Life
Greater Anglia conductor Blake Cracknell discusses his pioneering use of Twitter


News Front
Scottish Azuma debut in August; Liverpool open access proposal; CAF to build new DLR fleet; Meridian Water station opens

Modern Railways RVE
RVE Meet the Buyer applications open

Rail Freight
Rail freight growth in 2018-19; March sidings revival

Infrastructure News
New alignment at Market Harborough; Feltham modernisation

Informed Sources
New train deliveries update; standout exhibits at Railtex; franchising challenges continue

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


An introduction from the Editor

Modern Railways’ editorial view

High Speed 2
Rolling stock bidders showcase designs as tenders submitted

Pan Up
Little and large – the Stourbridge Parry People Mover and Hitachi’s Doncaster depot

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

Between the Lines
Fares complexity persists, Chris Stokes discovers

Alan Williams
Our pundit in the North