Rail freight

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...

Additional business for Freightliner Heavy Haul

13.11.07: Freightliner Heavy Haul Ltd has secured additional business for the rail haulage of up to 450,000 tonnes of coal per year into Sembcorp's Wilton power plant. The rail haulage arrangement will form part of the long term haulage contract that was...

FTA Welcomes additional funding to help Rail Freight

01.11.07: The Freight Transport Association has welcomed the announcement by Rail Minister Tom Harris on 29 October of the funding for additional freight enhancements via the Transport Innovation Fund (TIF). The biggest of these schemes is £80...

Hull dock rail improvements - work begins

01.11.07: Work to boost capacity on the Hull Docks freight line from ten to 22 trains in each direction daily begins on 3 November. The £14.5m investment is being jointly funded Network Rail, The Northern Way and Yorkshire Forward. It is the fi...

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