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In this edition, we have our regular features from Christian Wolmar; a writer and broadcaster specialising in transport. He has covered the railways since its privatisation in the mid-1990s and writes regularly for national newspapers and magazines. Starting on page 4, Christian takes a look at the ‘highly ambitious’ refurbishment of London’s oldest station, London Bridge. On pages 18-19, Richard Collins and Paul Loraine from Bond Dickinson share some advice on commercial litigation, setting out practical documentary steps that can be taken to prevent a bad situation becoming worse.

Christian continues on pages 20-21, writing about the renationalisation of Network Rail. He looks at how the move will add £30bn to the country’s debt and whether it is, as the DfT insists, just an administrative adjustment or whether the Government will use it as an opportunity to interfere. In addition, Christian highlights that the year-on-year increase in passenger numbers and train movements across the rail network will mean that we are going to need significantly more rolling stock over the next few years (pages 22-23).

With the publication of the HS2 Hybrid Bill late last year, it is increasingly likely that this mega project is going to go ahead. Christian gives us an insight into the 49,814 page Bill and how things are progressing (pages 26-27). In our Q&A Alison Munro, Chief Executive of HS2 Ltd, talks about her role on the project and answers some important questions about the delivery of the project (pages 28-31).

Keltbray Group explain in our training article, how their industry and academia partnership programme is helping to support the continued growth of the rail network (pages 32-33). On pages 34-35, Tim Donoyou, Technology Lead at Thomson Ecology, reports on how GIS technology is revolutionising ecology management on Britain’s railways. Furthermore, on pages 36-37, Terence Watson, UK Country President and Transport Managing Director of Alstom, discusses how collaboration can bring projects to reality while at the same time helping to develop the next generation of engineers. Finally, on pages 38-39, Arnab Dutt, Managing Director of Texane and a Public Member of Network Rail, gives his opinion on investment in rail, outlining some areas of investment that people may not be aware of.

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