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Rail Connect is an established supply chain magazine and directory combined, read by over 3,000 decision makers from the UK rail industry supply chain.

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.

By combining timely and informative content with an extensive supply chain directory, we have created a publication that helps you do business. This is evident through our website, which is continuously evolving to increase knowledge and give a better understanding of your industry at a click.


"To provide leading industry decision makers and influencers with current news and industry information, directory resources and targeted advertising; bridging the gap between buyers and suppliers."



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

We begin this edition with our Q&A, featuring Geoff Spencer, Chief Executive of DB Schenker Rail UK. Philippa Edmunds of Freight on Rail, discusses the economic, social and environmental benefits of rail freight. We continue looking at the benefits of rail freight, as Philippa Oldham, Head of Transport and Manufacturing at IMechE, suggests how the UK can efficiently manage the growth of rail freight and maximise its potential across the network.

Following the unexpected East Coast franchise win for Virgin, our featured writer, Christian Wolmar, looks at how this will be a very different operation from its West Coast franchise. Christian continues, providing us with an update on the progress of Crossrail as the massive £14.8bn scheme nears completion. Also, with the 2015 election edging ever closer, Christian looks at whether transport will play a part in the debate.

There are an estimated 11 million people in the UK with limiting long-term illness, impairment or disability. We hear from John Larkinson, Director of Economic Regulation at ORR, about improving access to Britain’s railways. Furthermore, Adam Hedley of Bond Dickinson discusses the implications for the rail industry as the Court of Appeal rules on wheelchair space litigation.

Suzanne O’Keane, Community Manager in Rail and Transport at Achilles, explores the benefits of collaboration and how companies can reduce costs and improve industry standards by working together. After a difficult start to the year for the railways, Christian reports on how disruptions are becoming more frequent on the network and how new ways of keeping passengers informed are essential.

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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