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Rail Connect is a leading rail industry publication and supply chain directory, with up to 4000 quarterly readers and paid subscribers and is read by Senior Buyers, Rolling Stock Manufacturers, TOCS, Track Owners, Recruitment Management, Health & Safety Co-ordinators and Development Teams in the UK and Globally.

Available both in print and online, the features are informative and relevant, keeping you abreast of significant issues within the entire UK rail industry. In addition to market specific features, each quarterly edition contains a main feature that links with a popular topic within the rail Industry at the specific period in time and also contains regular sections focusing on freight, health & safety, law, training & recruitment and technology.

By providing timely and informative content, Rail Connect keeps you up to date with news, services and newly released products within the rail Industry, plus an extensive supply chain directory.

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Welcome to the June edition of Rail Connect, a quarterly publication available both online and in print format.

Christian Wolmar writes about the long wait for the Intercity Express Project but finally the assembly plant in the North East is opening and the first test train has arrived. Christian also highlights how the pressure is on for the rail industry to apply more focus on sustainability, given the increased strain on the environment and improvements in competing modes.

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager explains how rail and road complement each other, and how by increasing rail freight we could dramatically reduce road congestion on key corridors.

Toby Cuthbertson of SYSTRA reviews the plans for HS2 and argues that if we are to truly maximise the economic benefits, we must plan for bold new housing and commercial developments.

We hear from Andy Pheby, Safety Promotion Manager at Network Rail, about the development of its rail industry website resource, ‘Safety Central’, launched to broaden the reach of safety materials beyond Network Rail’s staff. In our law feature Jon Cooper of Bond Dickinson, points out that following a recent Court of Appeal judgement and imminent new environmental and Health & Safety sentencing guidelines, regulatory offences are on track to rise for large organisations.

In addition, we cover the nearing completion of Derby’s high-tech Infinity Park, focusing on their flagship Innovation Centre, set to reach a new level and type of resource for rail sector supply chain manufacturers. Suzanne O’Keane, Community Manager for Rail and Transport at Achilles, outlines the need to reduce supply chain disruption and how some rail firms are losing focus on procurement risks.

Graham Kenn, Technical Director at Coastal and River Engineering, focuses on the coastal rail network assets and the importance of implementing different asset management approaches if regulatory requirements are to be met. Eric Louis-Marie of HUBER+SUHNER points out that reliable data transmission is instrumental to the future of train control.

Finally, our Recruitment feature by Josh Mills of outlines the quiet revolution spreading through the TOCs’ recruitment teams, as more and more rail operators adopt one-way video interviewing.

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