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RailCONNECT 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."




We begin this edition with Christian Wolmar reporting on his recent visit to the Borders Railway. During his visit Christian caught up with Project Director, Hugh Wark, to find out more about the reopening of the line. Christian also looks back at some of the key developments in the rail industry in 2014. Arnab Dutt, Managing Director of Texane Ltd, gives us his opinion on the last year in rail and what we might expect for the industry heading into the new year.

Suzanne O’Keane, Achilles Community Manager of RISQS, describes how a raft of new guidelines from the EU and UK Government is creating more pressure for larger rail companies to work with SMEs.

As station sales continue to outperform the high street average, we speak to Samantha Turner, Head of Retail at Network Rail Property, to find out more about the rise in retail spending across the stations managed by Network Rail.

We have our regular law feature from Bond Dickinson, which discusses competition law in the rail industry. The railways are often criticised for being a drain on taxpayers; Christian looks at the report by Oxera that highlights the many benefits they provide. We hear from Louise Ellman, Chair of the Transport Select Committee, about securing the railways. In addition, Martin Leeks, Chair of the IOSH Railway Group, discusses the challenges the rail industry is faced with when it comes to health and safety.

Allan Macdonald, EAL Rail Project Manager, explains what is being done to ensure the industry has a workforce that is fit for purpose. And, we spoke to Russell Otter, Director of London operations at Morson International, for his take on how changes in the industry have impacted the way its workforce is recruited.

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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