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Available in print and online formats, 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 edition contains regular sections focusing on health & safety, law, training and recruitment.

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Welcome to the 11th edition of Rail Connect, a quarterly publication available online and in print format. We hope all of our readers are finding this publication a useful industry communication tool, to bridge the gap between buyers and suppliers in the rail industry.

We begin this edition with Christian Wolmar looking at the merger of Thameslink with Southern to create the largest franchise on the network. Christian continues, discussing the prospect of Crossrail2 becoming the next big project for London’s growing rail network.

David Hughes, Head of ABB’s Power Products business in the UK, explains how a unique approach to traction power switchgear is cutting out time, effort and risk of on-site electrification work. We also hear from the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering regarding the importance of training the next generation of apprentices in preparation for forthcoming electrification programmes.

According to latest statistics, rail freight grew by 6 per cent in the last financial year. Christian speaks to Maggie Simpson, the head of the Rail Freight Group, to discuss the recent rise in rail freight and the potential for further expansion. Bill Cooke of Network Rail and Member of the Track Safety Alliance (TSA), highlights how the TSA is helping to make health and safety an integral workplace value. Ian Prosser, Director of Railway Safety at the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), continues our health and safety section, looking at the key findings from ORR’s latest annual health and safety report.

Christian reports on the revival of the long established Caledonian Sleeper. Alastair Mitton, Senior Associate at Bond Dickinson LLP, looks at the recent growth of mobile payments and what benefits this may have for smart ticketing. CCTV specialists, 21st Century Technology look at how installing cameras on trains can help monitor the lines. And we hear from Thales UK, to find out why cyber security is a high priority for the mainline rail sector.

We also have further features along with latest industry news and a selection of key dates for your diary within our diary of events.

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