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NOVEMBER 2007 ISSUE: CONTENTS

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EDITORIAL COMMENT, NEWS & LETTERS [Download]
RAIL PROFESSIONAL COMMENT: Taking high speed lines out into the regions
On the eve of the opening of St Pancras International, with the new faster Eurostar services to boot, Peter Plisner argues that it is time to consider high speed lines to other parts of the country (Europe Direct feature, below).
There has been some disappointment this year for the highspeed lobby. Eddington failed to recommend building additional highspeed lines in his transport report and the rail white paper made no real commitment to new high speed routes in the near future...

NEWS HEADLINES
- Freight’s objections to Crossrail
- Network Rail’s plans for railway land
- Disabled access to NET
- First’s refurbished trains
- Eurostar gears up for big move
- Woodhead tunnel’s set back
- Earl ditched
- Which? report finds cheap rail fares overlooked
- Network Rail meeting targets

LETTERS
- Tackling anti-social behaviour
- Pre-paid carpark tickets save dashing to and from machines
- Feet on seats is the thin end of the wedge
- Some questions about gauge clearance and Reading
- Next they’ll be using mobile phones...

BUSINESS NEWS & NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE [Download]
BUSINESS NEWS
- The City’s reactions to Crossrail
- One gets new driver simulators
- Further delays for Grand Central

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE
Steve Banaghan; Andy Thomas; Julian Edwards; Alex Hyne; John Barlass; Mike Haigh; Rachel Webster; Paul Frost; Paul Holt; Andy Cooper; Bob Holland; Peter Telford; Dennis Baker; Catherine Mason; Richard Harrison; Jeremy Higgins; Sarah Kendall; Richard Lashwood; Tim Shoveller; Jake Kelly; David Horne; Margaret Kay; Mark Steward; Richard Bodicoat; Tony Wrighton; Roger Walton; Sharon Vye-Parminter; Brian Sedar; Stephen Russell; Gerry Kirk; Kerry Ings; Rob Brook...

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RAIL PROFESSIONAL INTERVIEW: ANDREW HAINES, MANAGING DIRECTOR, FGW’S RAIL DIVISION [Download]
The new boss of First Great Western says he’ll take a very different approach from his predecessor. Andrew Haines promises to be ‘much more public’. He sets out his stall for improving one of the country’s poorest-performing franchises to Paul Clifton

NEWS ANALYSIS: THE SURVIVORS’ STORIES [Download]
In the next few days the inquest jury into the Ufton Nervet train crash will give its verdict. Six people died and 120 others were injured in the incident three years ago. Paul Clifton has been listening to the four-week inquest

FEATURE: THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAIL [Download]
There have been a spate of high-profile station refurbishments over the last few years. Jane West has a closer look at the work that goes into it

FEATURE: PUTTING SHEFFIELD AT THE CUTTING EDGE [Download]
The newly-refurbished Sheffield station has won two awards and been commended by two other judging panels. Melanie dei Rossi explains why

FEATURE: COUNT DOWN TO LONDON MIDLAND [Download]
The new West Midlands franchise launches just days after this issue of Rail Professional rolls off the printing press. Katie Silvester met Govia’s Tom Smith to see how the preparations are going – and what else is on the agenda for the rail group

FEATURE: EUROPE DIRECT [Download]
This month sees completion of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, which has taken more than three decades to plan and build. But what many now want are high-speed rail links in places other than just London and the south-east. Pressure is mounting for a government commitment to what’s now being called High Speed 2. Peter Plisner reports

FEATURE: A ‘ONE STOP SHOP’ FOR TRAIN OPERATORS [Download]
Train operators should take advantage of Lloyd’s Register Rail’s experience and professional performance, says account manager Hilary Southern

FEATURE: NEW LEASE OF LIFE FOR DONCASTER PLANT [Download]
A new engineering firm seems to have sprung up from nowhere. Alan Whitehouse investigates

VIEW FROM ACROSS THE POND: PUBLIC TRANSPORT IS FOR OTHER PEOPLE [Download]
One of the few Americans who cannot drive, Michael R Weinman explains why his fellow countrymen are so reluctant to leave the car at home and take the train

LEGAL OPINION: CUTTING CARBON [Download]
Fuel used on the railways may be exempt from the Carbon Reduction Commitment, but the rest of the rail industry, such as stations, may be held accountable. Martin Watt and Lucille de Silva explain...

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INSTITUTION OF RAILWAY OPERATORS [Download]
Handling a major incident
Andy Barr MBE, London Underground’s Network co-ordination manager, gave a talk to IRO South East members about the response to the London bombings. Words by John Glover
Plus: Diary of events

HSBC RAIL BUSINESS AWARDS 2007 [Download]
Peter Aldridge plus a closer look at one sponsor

PRODUCTS AND SERVICES [Download]
A regular round-up of key resources.

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