Rail freight

Choosing rail freight over road delivered £1.7bn economy boost in 2016

Choosing rail freight over road delivered £1.7bn economy boost in 2016

07.06.18: Freight rail brought £1.7bn in economic profits to Britain in 2016, with regions in the north west, Yorkshire & Humber, Scotland, and the West Midlands benefitting the most. Figures released today by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG)...

The case for rail freight

The case for rail freight

09.05.18: Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, argues for freight parity by looking at the noteworthy examples of investment already taking place across the UK. Recent rail freight figures show a positive fu...

Government must commit to investment in rail freight connections to ports

Government must commit to investment in rail freight connections to ports

25.04.18: Better connections between English ports could boost the nation’s economy, a new study has shown. The study of England’s port connectivity found that improved rail links could provide more effective freight journeys between key econ...

New freight service launched between Liverpool Port and Scotland

New freight service launched between Liverpool Port and Scotland

24.04.18: Peel Ports and DB Cargo have formed a partnership to provide new rail services for containers via the Port of Liverpool for the first time. The service will provide cargo-owners with a route between the quayside at Liverpool and Scotland. Fr...

Construction rail traffic sees record 5% increase

Construction rail traffic sees record 5% increase

06.03.18: There has been a record expansion in construction rail traffic, according to the latest rail freight statistics. The ORR’s quarter three figures have revealed a 5% increase in construction traffic, with a movement of 1.1 billion net-tonne...

Uneven load and track twist led to Lewisham freight train derailment

Uneven load and track twist led to Lewisham freight train derailment

28.02.18: A freight train derailment in south London occurred when an unevenly loaded wagon encountered a “significant track twist”, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch’s (RAIB) investigation has found. Two wagons within an aggregate...

Council approves construction of new rail freight terminal at Cricklewood

Council approves construction of new rail freight terminal at Cricklewood

12.02.18: Construction of a modern rail freight terminal at Cricklewood has been approved to support the £4.5bn Brent Cross housing regeneration. The terminal will be built on existing rail land at Cricklewood, north London. Without the terminal...

Consumer rail freight movement reaches record high

Consumer rail freight movement reaches record high

22.12.17: Record growth in two of the main rail freight markets has continued, according to a report published yesterday. The Office of Rail and Road’s (ORR) latest quarterly rail freight figures have revealed that construction traffic has increase...

Switching from lorries to freight trains could cut air pollution by 10%

Switching from lorries to freight trains could cut air pollution by 10%

20.12.17: Making the switch from HGVs to trains for freight travel could lead to 10% less air pollution from NOx across the country, says new research from the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT). Following an investigation into lorry travel across f...

Network Rail awards landmark £150m ETCS signalling contract

Network Rail awards landmark £150m ETCS signalling contract

20.12.17: Network Rail has awarded a landmark contract for the installation of the European Train Control System (ETCS) in-cab signalling system to Siemens. The system will be installed on Britain’s freight fleet, and will ultimately equip around 7...

Time to recognise freight's role

Time to recognise freight's role

24.11.17: Campaign for Better Transport’s Freight on Rail manager, Philippa Edmunds, argues that the National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC’s) recent report overlooks the contribution rail freight makes to reducing congestion on Briti...

RMT threatens strike action against another TOC over pay

RMT threatens strike action against another TOC over pay

07.09.17: Yet another TOC could become the latest victim of widespread industrial action as the RMT today warned that a dispute against East Midlands Trains (EMT) was “looming”. The union said that strikes could be on the horizon due to E...

IRR experts take lead to deliver lighter-weight freight bogies

IRR experts take lead to deliver lighter-weight freight bogies

08.08.17: Experts from the University of Huddersfield’s Institute of Railway Research (IRR) have announced an ambitious plan to double the amount of freight carried by trains across Europe through the development of lighter-weight bogies. The p...

Business leaders urge Khan to appoint ‘freight commissioner’ for London

Business leaders urge Khan to appoint ‘freight commissioner’ for London

04.08.17: Industry leaders in the capital have urged the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to appoint a ‘freight commissioner’ to oversee the growing logistical demands of the capital. In a statement from the London Chamber of Commerce and Ind...

How can the new government support rail freight?

How can the new government support rail freight?

20.07.17: Following the recent general election, Maggie Simpson, executive director at the Rail Freight Group, considers what action the government can take to ensure that the sector continues to grow. You may not have expected the result that voters...

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Up to 200 jobs at risk in Alstom Pendolino cuts

22/06/2018Up to 200 jobs at risk in Alstom Pendolino cuts

As many as 200 staff members could lose their jobs as one of the UK’s major train manufacturers looks to cut costs in its maintenance of th... more >
New Hitachi Azuma parked by Stephenson’s Rocket in rare sneak peek

22/06/2018New Hitachi Azuma parked by Stephenson’s Rocket in rare sneak peek

Those visiting the Great Exhibition of the North in Newcastle will have the rare chance to see Hitachi’s brand-new Azuma train from up clos... more >
Expansion of rail ‘only viable option’ to grow UK cities

22/06/2018Expansion of rail ‘only viable option’ to grow UK cities

The expansion of rail is the “only viable option” to grow UK cities and allow them to achieve their economic potential, a new report ... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Why the rail industry needs more women

22/06/2018Why the rail industry needs more women

Anesha Rachel Malhan, one of the learners at the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), discusses her experience as the only woman at her ... more >
Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >