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Feature articles in the May 2018 issue of Railway Gazette International

07 May 2018

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.


  • The rules of the game


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


  • Politicians vote to back French reforms, auditors question basis for UK electrification cancellation, unified New York regional passenger network proposed

High speed

  • New lines at the heart of network expansion 
     A package of high speed and upgraded lines forms the centrepiece of an ambitious plan to triple the length of Turkey’s rail network by 2023
  • Direttissima to La Serenissima 
      Construction of further sections of the high speed route linking Milano with Venezia will commence this year, reports Benjámin Zelki
  • Ownership change heralds expansion at Italo-NTV 
     Global Infrastructure Partners’ surprise acquisition in February of Italian high speed open access operator Italo-NTV puts the business on course for further expansion
  • Delayed XRL reaches the final push 
     April 1 saw the start of test running on the Hong Kong – Shenzhen Express Rail Link, ready for the launch of high speed services in September


  • Delivering for everyone 
     The UK rail sector is often described as fragmented, but it is helping to drive economic prosperity and all players are working together to make the case for investment, says Rail Delivery Group Chief Executive Paul Plummer
  • TPE targets growth with three inter-city fleets 
     Now on test at Velim in the Czech Republic is a push-pull trainset destined for inter-city services in northern England operated by TransPennine Express. Forming the vanguard of a wider fleet renewal, Nova 3 will enter service later this year
  • HS2 demands innovation in rail fastening application 
     Pandrol Technical Director Steve Cox considers how the application and maintenance of rail fastenings might be adapted to suit the precast slab trackform selected for High Speed 2.
  • Quantifying the value of UK rail 
     Research commissioned by the Railway Industry Association has sought to quantify the contribution of the rail sector to the wider UK economy and could influence policymakers to sustain investment in rail
  • Infrastructure specialists converge on London 
     The UK’s 12th biennial exhibition of railway infrastructure equipment and services returns to London’s Excel centre this month

In Focus

  • Urban growth drives metro expansion
     Mike Baxter reports from the Asia Pacific Rail 2018 conference in Hong Kong

Research & skills

  • International railway education and training seminar takes place in Birmingham


  • People
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Diary


  • The UK rail freight sector has been hit particularly hard by a sharp decline in coal usage for power generation. Embracing innovation and digitisation is key to fostering recovery, argues Rail Freight Group Executive Director Maggie Simpson

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