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New freight director appointed at Network Rail

New freight director appointed at Network Rail

26.06.13: Paul McMahon has been appointed as director of freight, Network Rail has announced. McMahon, has previously worked at the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), is replacing Tim Robinson, who is the new route managing director for Sussex. Ro...

Strategic Rail Freight Interchange plans ‘not legally flawed’

Strategic Rail Freight Interchange plans ‘not legally flawed’

19.06.13: St Albans council has been refused legal action against the Government for planning permission to build a rail depot on greenbelt land. Communities’ secretary Eric Pickles stated in December that he was “minded to approve”...

Freight charges decision ‘great relief’ – RFG

Freight charges decision ‘great relief’ – RFG

12.06.13: The ORR has concluded that proposed freight charges will be lower than initially suggested. The decisions are announced as part of the Draft Determination of the Periodic Review 2013 and have been welcomed by freight groups. Biomass will no...

Port of Felixstowe doubles rail freight capacity with new terminal

Port of Felixstowe doubles rail freight capacity with new terminal

10.06.13: A new rail terminal has been officially opened at the Port of Felixstowe, doubling rail capacity. The £40m investment is part of a scheme to increase capacity and is co-financed by the EU Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) programme....

GBRf calls for biomass access charge to be scrapped

GBRf calls for biomass access charge to be scrapped

14.05.13: A proposed biomass access charge for rail freight must be dropped, GB Railfreight (GBRf) has urged. The Commons Select Committee for Energy and Climate Change has proposed a charge to be introduced from April 2014, which could add between &...

ORR recommends higher freight charges

ORR recommends higher freight charges

14.01.13: A new package of charges for freight operators has been proposed by the ORR, to be introduced from 2016. It follows a consultation into how the costs can best be balanced through the industry, but freight providers and campaigners say the p...

Go-ahead secured for Radlett freight terminal

Go-ahead secured for Radlett freight terminal

02.01.13: A rail freight terminal at Radlett in Hertfordshire has been granted planning permission by communities’ secretary Eric Pickles. The move could enable a much higher proportion of freight use on the network. The £400m intermodal...

RFG calls for upgrades to Scottish freight

RFG calls for upgrades to Scottish freight

13.12.12: Strategic upgrades are needed to Scotland’s rail freight network, the Rail Freight Group (RFG) has argued in its submission to the Scottish Government. The submission to the Scottish Government’s National Planning Framework 3 (N...

New Shortliner service increases capcity

New Shortliner service increases capcity

21.11.12: Freightliner has run the first Shortliner service, increasing its 40ft capacity by 42%. Earlier this year, Freightliner placed an order with VTG for a fleet of twin platform wagons, to meet the demand of the evolving deep sea container mark...

Freight dive-under win for Bam Nuttall

Freight dive-under win for Bam Nuttall

19.11.12: Bam Nuttall has been awarded a £20m contract to deliver a dive-under at the Acton freight yard in West London. Network Rail awarded the contract to avoid disruption to passenger services, and work is expected to begin next May. F...

Nuneaton North Chord opened

Nuneaton North Chord opened

15.11.12: A new freight line has been officially opened, linking the Nuneaton – Felixstowe route to the West Coast Main Line. The Nuneaton North Chord was launched by transport minister Simon Burns yesterday, after the first train ran from Harp...

Freight property interests could be transferred to Network Rail

Freight property interests could be transferred to Network Rail

30.10.12: A consultation has been launched proposing the transfer of DB Schenker Rail UK’s 250 property interests across the network to Network Rail. The move could promote capacity and enable improved time-keeping, and make the railway more at...

Network Rail meets freight performance order

Network Rail meets freight performance order

04.10.12: The ORR has confirmed that Network Rail has met the terms of the freight performance order it issued earlier this year. This involved the introduction of a freight recovery board and a detailed recovery plan with milestones across a broad r...

Freight can use HS2 capacity to reduce carbon emissions

Freight can use HS2 capacity to reduce carbon emissions

21.09.12: Significant carbon benefits can be achieved by allowing the capacity released by HS2 on the existing network to be used by rail freight, a new report suggests. Greengauge 21 was commissioned by the Campaign for Rural England, the RSPB and t...

Freight trains, freight gains, from High Speed 2

Freight trains, freight gains, from High Speed 2

01.09.12: Transport consultant David Thrower, who has contributed to the Transport Select Committee inquiry into high-speed rail and the recent All-Party Parliamentary Group for High-Speed Rail report, discusses the issues surrounding rail freight and HS2...

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‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

19/02/2019‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

Scottish Labour and union leaders have called on the government to take the Springburn depot under public control as ministers debate the depot&r... more >
South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

19/02/2019South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

Strike action by workers on the South Western Railway (SWR) have been suspended after a “significant breakthrough” was made in the lo... more >
MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

19/02/2019MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

More than 20 MPs from Liverpool and Manchester have signed a commitment to support rail investment in the north west. The pledge, which was ... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >