Opening our first edition of the new year is an in-depth look at what’s in store for Egypt’s rail industry, after the country sealed a momentous deal for 1,300 new train carriages.

We’re also analysing the dangers faced by the famous Eurostar service in the event of a no-deal Brexit, and question whether the UK is truly ready to welcome the much-publicised “root and branch review” promised in September by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.

Trenitalia-owned British franchise c2c also spoke to us about its award-winning service, in the hope that rival services could learn vital lessons from what was voted the country’s best operator.

Finally, our timeline piece reviews every method used across the years to combat leaves on the lines, before catching up with Russia’s Moscow – Kazan high-speed project.

In this issue

A new dawn for the Egyptian railway industry?
Egyptian National Railways has broken records with a recent order for 1,300 train carriages from the Transmashholding-Hungary consortium. The move will increase the country’s total rail vehicle capacity by 34% and could mark a turning point in Egypt’s decaying railway industry. Adele Berti finds out more.
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Eurostar: a casualty of Brexit?
Recent papers released by the UK Government have warned of disruption and cancelled services on the France-UK Eurostar rail link in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal in place. As the UK and EU work frantically to agree on an exit deal, Adele Berti asks: what are the stakes for the country’s highest-profile rail connection to the continent?
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Russian revolution: is the Moscow-Kazan high-speed rail project on track?
The new 700km-long Moscow-Kazan rail line will be the only network in Russia that can handle train speeds in excess of 400km/h. Julian Turner gets the inside track on the project’s viability and the future of high-speed rail in the country from Frost & Sullivan consulting analyst Ivan Kondratenko.
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Is the UK ready for radical change on the railways?
The UK’s Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said solving the UK’s manifest issues require “radical” action, beginning with a “root and branch” review of everything from franchising and industry structures, to accountability and value for money for both passengers and taxpayers. Julian Turner reports.
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Leaves on the line: will the rail industry ever win its autumn war?
Every year, fallen leaves strike fear into the heart of commuters and train drivers alike. In this ongoing battle against an ever-persistent foe, what technological soldiers has the rail sector deployed to the frontline? Joe Baker rounds up some of the solutions.
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c2c: sitting down with the UK’s Rail Operator of the Year 2018
Running between Essex and London, UK-based rail franchise c2c boasts one of the highest customer satisfaction rates in the country and was recently crowned Rail Operator of the Year at the UK 2018 National Transport Awards. Managing director Julian Drury tells Adele Berti how c2c’s customer compensation package, its positive approach to digitalisation and its expansion plans have helped it achieve this milestone shortly after being acquired by Trenitalia.
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Next issue | February 2019

An accessible, reliable public transport network plays a huge part in every community – and last year, the UK’s Department for Transport has recognised the crucial role rail can play to ease isolation and loneliness for many people. We analyse its plan to better integrate communities through rail.

We also profile the world’s first high-speed service dedicated to freight, which will run between the Italian cities of Caserta and Bologna, and look at the use of autonomous drones in mapping out the HS2 route.

Finally, we analyse the interesting relationship between one of the world’s biggest train operators, Transport for London, and the way it draws a huge portion of its income from advertising on the tube, and ask what role upcycling and recycling of different train parts can play in companies’ sustainability plans.