Rail freight

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...

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...

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