Rail freight

Rail project to take a weight off our roads

05.06.09: Thousands of lorry journeys have been eliminated and more than one hundred jobs safeguarded following the successful completion of a project to connect a freight terminal to the main rail arteries in the region for the handling of 'big box' cont...

The Strategic Rail Freight Network is central to the low carbon economy needed by UK

15.05.09: Freight on Rail welcomes the Government’s ongoing commitment to the Strategic Rail Freight Network which means that rail freight will be an integral part of the low carbon economy, urgently needed by this country Philippa Edmunds, Fre...

ERFA fully supports the proposed regulation

30.01.09: On 11th December 2009, the European Commission published a proposal for a regulation concerning a European rail network for competitive freight. The private and independent rail freight operators and shippers represented by ERFA fully support th...

UNIFE welcomes Commission proposals on freight, but greater effort needed

12.12.08: UNIFE, the European rail industry, today welcomed the adoption of a draft Regulation on rail freight corridors by the European Commission. “The Commission proposals are a step in the right direction,” says UNIFE Director-Genera...

SCT Europe and W.H. Davis scoop award

25.11.08: At the inaugural United Kingdom RFG Rail Freight Group awards event in September, Jim Longton, managing director of Standard Car Truck Company Europe Ltd and Ian Whelpton, sales director of W.H. Davis, received the award for best technical devel...

Free advice scheme launched for Scottish freight operators

20.11.08: Freight Best Practice Scotland - a free advice scheme aimed at improving the efficiency of the Scottish freight industry by promoting operational efficiency and CO2 reductions within road, rail and waterways – has been launched today by th...

ORR’s final determination presents potential mixed news for rail freight

07.11.08: The Freight Transport Association says that the announcement on 30 October by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) of its final determination of Network Rail’s outputs and funding for 2009-14 presents the potential of mixed news for the fre...

Move to night-time engineering disruptions could hurt rail freight

08.08.08: The Freight Transport Association has told the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) that it must ensure the needs of rail freight are not disadvantaged in Network Rail’s plans to alter the way it carries out engineering works. The key concern f...

Minister sees rail freight funding in action in Hull

13.06.08: Rosie Winterton MP, Minister of State for Transport, has visited Hull Port, to see the final work of a £14.5 million project to more than double capacity on the rail freight line. This investment is part of the first scheme to be deli...

£40 million to keep railways moving in Nuneaton

14.05.08: Network Rail has announced plans to invest more than £40 million to build a new rail freight link in Nuneaton. Known as the Nuneaton North Chord, the new line – approximately one mile long – will allow freight to cross from Pet...

FTA welcomes Network Rail’s proposals for strategic freight network

11.04.08: The Freight Transport Association has welcomed the publication of Network Rail’s proposals for spending the £200 million allocated by the Department for Transport for the creation of a Strategic Freight Network. The £200 millio...

High winds cause freight incidents

08.04.08: The RAIB is carrying out an investigation into two separate incidents involving freight containers being blown off freight trains, at Cheddington in Bedfordshire and at Hardendale in Cumbria. Both incidents occurred early on 1 March 2008. T...

Crossrail and freight paths – FTA

14.03.08: The Freight Transport Association has welcomed the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR)‘s draft decision on train paths access for the shared surface sections of the London Crossrail route. FTA is pleased that the ORR has restricted the nu...

Freight customers suffer in railway engineering disruptions - future reliability paramount

29.02.08: The Freight Transport Association has today welcomed the publication of the Office of Rail Regulation's report into Network Rail's handling of the engineering overruns at New Year 2008. FTA said that it is important to remember that freight serv...

Record rise in train services for first GBRf

20.12.07: First GBRf, the award winning freight haulier, has increased commercial services by a third in just one month and smashed prior train run records, achieved only two months before in September. Latest performance figures show a total of 1089...

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HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

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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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >