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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.

Rail Connect assists leading rail industry professionals to do business by being a trusted recommendation tool and reference to sourcing suppliers to work on projects, contracts and procurement.

Rail Connect Edition 16


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

In 2003 Birmingham New Street Station was named Britain’s ugliest building, 3 years since our last visit, Christian reports on how the £600m renewal investment has transformed the station into an iconic, multi-functional piece of Birmingham’s architecture. We preview the eagerly anticipated railway infrastructure exhibition; INFRARAIL 2016. Philippe Prestat of SYSTRA reviews the signalling and control system challenges facing Crossrail.

Christian highlights the uncertainties of how some of the plans for new trains can be delivered on time. We hear from Kelvin Austin, Business Development Director – Rail, IMI Precision Engineering, who explains how clean and dry compressed air is the lifeblood of applications across the rail industry.

In our Law feature Kevin Bell of Bond Dickinson, points out why the ongoing renationalisation debate could have further impacts upon the wider political issue of EU membership. We cover the British Transport Police’s innovative security tactics, labelled Project Servator, to deter, detect and disrupt crime on the rail network.

Richard Sharp, RISQS Scheme Manager at RSSB, outlines the need for supplier assurance and asks: are companies still over-audited? Philippa Edmunds of Freight on Rail Manager points out that rail freight must not be overlooked in any restructuring or devolution of Network Rail, following the Shaw Review. Our Q&A features Alex Hynes, Managing Director of Northern Rail, one of the largest train operating companies in Britain. Finally, we highlight the fantastic work of the Railway Benefit Fund charity, offering to help active and former rail industry staff and their families in times of need.

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