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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...

Freight terminal construction begins

Freight terminal construction begins

21.03.12: Construction has begun on a railway link that will be used to transport nuclear waste out of Dounreay power plant. A freight terminal will be built at Georgemas Junction, in Halkirk, to carry the fuel out of the decommissioned nuclear plant...

Ely improvements to increase freight capcity

Ely improvements to increase freight capcity

01.03.12: Improvements at Ely to increase freight capacity have now begun. Network Rail is building two 775m loops parallel to the existing track east of Ely station, to allow better regulation of trains through the junctions at Ely. This work is par...

Keyline wins FORS Gold standard

24.02.12: The Gold standard of the Freight Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) has been awarded to Keyline for its safety, efficiency and environmental responsibility. Part of the Travis Perkins Group, Keyline is the only heavy building materials prov...

Costs and assets

Costs and assets

01.01.12: Asset management and monitoring has long been a concern of freight operators, due to the structure of rail freight access charges and the need to pay to offset the costs of freight’s use of the track. Poor asset management can lead to...

ORR announces enforcement orders against Network Rail

23.12.11: Network Rail has been found to be in breach of its licence for declining performance on freight services and long-distance passenger services, the ORR has announced. Following an investigation into declining punctuality, the ORR has respond...

Rail freight needs HS2

30.09.11: The Rail Freight Group (RFG) has written to the transport secretary Philip Hammond, claiming that freight needs HS2 as much as passengers do. Tony Berkeley, chairman of the RFG, said: “For freight, the reasons are clear. More capacity...

UK stance on EU rail liberalisation softened – RFG

UK stance on EU rail liberalisation softened – RFG

02.09.11: Rail freight could suffer if the Government presses on with plans to allow more integration of train operations and infrastructure control, the Rail Freight Group has said. Its chairman Tony Berkeley says that DfT officials “appear to...

Threat to rail freight from longer lorries

Threat to rail freight from longer lorries

24.06.11: Proposals to extend the length of articulated lorries by up to 2.05m will “decimate” rail freight, say campaigners. The Rail Freight Group (RFG) has urged the DfT to reject the proposals, which it says would increase road conges...

Network Rail to commence second Southampton freight upgrade

Network Rail to commence second Southampton freight upgrade

20.05.11: A second, diversionary route out of Southampton is to get a freight upgrade to ensure 9’6” high-cube freight containers can be transported even if the main line is unavailable. Network Rail’s upgrade of the line from South...

Rail freight benefits from millions in growth funding

Rail freight benefits from millions in growth funding

15.04.11: The Rail Freight Group has welcomed grants worth millions from the Regional Growth Fund for new rail freight facilities in Middlesbrough and Widnes. Deputy PM Nick Clegg announced the winners of the bidders for the first round of £400...

‘Alarm bells’ for freight industry over McNulty review

‘Alarm bells’ for freight industry over McNulty review

11.03.11: Rail freight has been classed a ‘secondary user’ of the network, prompting fears that the coming value-for-money review will start charging much higher fixed-cost prices for track access. The Freight Transport Association (FTA)...

Freight industry welcomes Southampton-Midlands gauge upgrade

Freight industry welcomes Southampton-Midlands gauge upgrade

25.02.11: The loading gauge enhancement scheme from Southampton to the West Midlands has been completed on time, to the delight of the rail freight industry. The important project, conceived in 2002 but shelved in 2005 due to lack of funds, was reinv...

Party row over freight grants

11.02.11: SNP members have attacked opposition Labour politicians for voting against freight facilities grants (FFGs) for the rail industry. Labour MSPs had previously called for the retention of FFGs and even for increased funding, but then voted ag...

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The Transport Committee has urged the DfT to “be more specific about the economic rebalancing effects it intends to achieve&rdquo... more >
DfT quietly pulls the plug on CrossCountry franchise competition

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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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

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Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

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Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

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Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >