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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...

Aslef strikes out at ORR freight charge proposals

Aslef strikes out at ORR freight charge proposals

10.08.12: Increased charges for rail freight would be “grossly unjust”, the train drivers union Aslef has stated. The ORR is consulting on proposed changes to rail freight. The ORR states that the new charge would ensure that freight cove...

UK freight receives £11m funding for capacity

UK freight receives £11m funding for capacity

14.07.12: The European Commission has announced £11m funding towards three projects to improve freight in the UK. The successful bid means the TEN-T agency will award £4m towards electrification in the North West, £4m to increase ca...

Welsh freight recommendations to increase connectivity

Welsh freight recommendations to increase connectivity

06.07.12: The National Assembly for Wales’ Enterpriseand Business Committee has published an inquiry into international connectivity through Welsh ports and airports which calls for a greater emphasis on rail freight. The Rail Freight Group wel...

First Railway Package Recast agreement reached

First Railway Package Recast agreement reached

21.06.12: An agreement has been reached on the First Railway Package Recast, which will ensure better access, regulation and cooperation for the industry, the Rail Freight Group suggests. EU member states, the European Parliament and the Commission h...

More traffic for freight operators

More traffic for freight operators

15.06.12: Rail freight traffic has continued to grow over the past year, despite a volatile economic climate. Statistics from the ORR show that for the year to April 2012, the amount of freight moved in tonne-km was up 10% on the previous year. The a...

Freight charges could cut traffic by 10% – RFG

Freight charges could cut traffic by 10% – RFG

28.05.12: ORR proposals to overhaul access charges for rail freight risk “destabilising” recent growth and customer confidence, according to the Rail Freight Group. The ORR is considering proposals to introduce new charges for freight, fo...

The impact of reforms on agenda for freight conference

The impact of reforms on agenda for freight conference

26.05.12: The 20th annual Rail Freight Group (RFG) conference will discuss the impact of rail reforms on freight, as well as the opportunities for growth and expansion. Key issues include the capacity for new infrastructure, HS2’s effect on fre...

Freight derailment causes severe disruption

Freight derailment causes severe disruption

10.05.12: Passenger services are disrupted today after a freight train derailed yesterday afternoon just outside of Aberdeen. The 15-mile stretch of line between Aberdeen and Stonehaven has been closed since the derailment happened just before 5pm ye...

Freight launched on HS1

Freight launched on HS1

22.03.12: The partnership between HS1, Network Rail and the freight industry and supported by the European Commission has finally reached its objective since the 5-year plan to promote freight on HS1 was launched. The SNCF TGV (Train á Grande...

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Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

16/08/2018Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

Spelthorne Borough Council has submitted proposals for a light rail link from Staines-upon-Thames to Heathrow airport to provide “joined-up... more >
Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

16/08/2018Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

Network Rail has been given permission to build a new bridleway bridge across the Felixstowe branch which will provide a safe public route across... more >
Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

16/08/2018Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

Passengers travelling between Leeds and Doncaster, Sheffield, and London were advised to check before they set off this morning after a tractor d... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... 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 >