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Feature articles in the May 2017 issue of Railway Gazette International

01 May 2017

Feature articles in the latest issue of Railway Gazette International, the leading business journal for railway operators and suppliers, read in 140 countries. Subscribe to Railway Gazette International today.


  • Follow the money


  • Main Line
  • Urban Rail
  • Market
  • Industry
  • Innovations
  • Pointers


  • Trump budget threatens US rail spending, Spain recommits to high speed investment, French performance contracts signed amid regulatory concerns


  • The fraught future of franchising
    Months of disruption to passenger services in southeast England have again focused attention on the state of the franchising system in a changing market landscape. Nick Kingsley reports
  • Transforming to serve the customers
    Chief Executive Mark Carne tells Robert Preston that Network Rail is undergoing a profound transformation as it seeks to move decision-making closer to the customer
  • Digital Railway focuses on capacity
    Network Rail has identified eight priority projects where rapid introduction of ETCS could offer significant performance benefits
  • Countdown to the Elizabeth Line
    Passengers are starting to see signs of progress as London’s Crossrail project moves closer to operation
  • Birmingham hosts Railtex fair
    More than 470 exhibitors are taking part in the 13th Railtex trade show at the National Exhibition Centre on May 9-11


  • Rethinking Indian Railways’ freight task
    Urgent measures are needed to revitalise rail freight in India, the government believes. Yet the warning signals around the sector are already at yellow and threatening to go red, as Raghu Dayal explains
  • Mixed prospects in the coal sector
    Although domestic coal production is expected to increase, changes in the power generation market are creating uncertainty for IR
  • Murray Basin upgrade will bolster exports
    A five-month blockade starts in August to facilitate the regauging of railways serving Victoria’s Murray Basin
  • Paris retailers offered overnight delivery
    A ‘logistics hotel’ is the key element in a short-haul intermodal operation combining a rail shuttle with city centre delivery by low-emission road vehicles

In focus

  • Brightline targets growth corridors
    With trial passenger service in southern Florida expected to start this summer, inter-city project promoter FECI has started looking for other potential market opportunities
  • A Royal revival
    Rehabilitation of the war-ravaged railway between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville has given rise to a successful private intermodal freight and passenger operation. Peter Janssen reports from the Cambodian capital

Research & skills

  • Study tour learns lessons in Austria, Bombardier and Valenciennes university launch intelligent diagnostics partnership


  • People
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Diary


  • Marieke Tremblay and Philippe Schnobb welcome delegates to the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Montréal on May 15-17

Railway Gazette International is the leading business journal for railway operators and suppliers, read in 140 countries. Subscribe to Railway Gazette International today.