July 2010: Contents


Feature headlines

  • Rail Professional interview: Elaine Holt

    The CEO of Directly Operated Railways tells Alan Salter how government-run East Coast is using commercial aims to reach its goals

  • What now for Network Rail?

    Iain Coucher is to be the first fall guy for the railways in the coalition’s new efficiency drive…

  • High price to pay

    The coalition government aims to cut costs from the rail industry, beginning with the McNulty report, which is charged with identifying excessive spending. But, asks Robert Wright, will we end up with a railway that’s too expensive for most passengers and freight carriers?

  • Keeping it wheel

    Carefully planned maintenance of rolling stock is one of the cornerstones of punctuality. Naturally, wheels bear the brunt of wear and tear. Katie Silvester finds out what Siemens and Unipart Rail are doing to keep wheels and bogies in tip top condition

  • Chemical romance

    Hardly a day goes by these days without a report of a cable theft on the railways. Thieves often only remove short lengths of copper wire, but it can cause severe delays to services. Having tried several ways of preventing the crime Network Rail has now gone hi-tech, using an application called ‘SmartWater’. Peter Plisner has been investigating

  • Long arm of the law

    Incidents of crime on the rail network are falling. Peter Brown finds out what the British Transport Police have been doing to make stations safer

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