Rail freight

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...

European Rail Freight-Oriented Network the future for Rail Freight!

19.10.07: The EC Communication on a European Rail Freight-Oriented Network issued today is a major step forward for rail freight. It commits to creating better conditions for shifting freight from road onto rail in the coming years. The European Rail Infr...

First GBRf wins two awards

19.10.07: Quality of service recognised by customers First GBRf, Britain’s most reliable rail freight haulier, has been presented with two customer service awards. The company was recently given the accolades by Royal Mail Group and Metron...

FTA Welcomes transport committee freight inquiry

09.08.07: The Freight Transport Association has welcomed the announcement of the Commons Transport Select Committee inquiry into freight transport. FTA's Policy Director, James Hookham said, 'The Select Committee inquiry will provide the opportunity for t...

FTA Welcomes key cross-London rail freight route announcement

02.08.07: The Freight Transport Association has welcomed the announcement by the Department for Transport of £18.5 million funding from the Transport Innovation Fund for the Gospel Oak to Barking diversionary freight route enhancement to provide add...

Department for transport delivers

26.07.07: The Department for Transport has announced funding grants of more than £20m to support freight transport in the UK. The awards, from three separate funding programmes, combine to improve the freight infrastructure of the country and reduce...

FTA welcomes government commitment to doubling use of rail freight

26.07.07: FTA welcomes government commitment to doubling use of rail freight The Freight Transport Association has welcomed the commitment by the Government to plan for a doubling of rail freight traffic by 2030 and to the development of a Strategic...

FirstGBRf wins new contact with Royal Mail

21.06.07: Mail on rail secured for another three years by freight haulier FirstGBRf has signed a new contract with Royal Mail to move mail by rail until 2010. The companies signed the deal following FirstGBRf’s successful operations with R...

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Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

17/04/2019Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

A new interactive map which lets passengers find out about accessibility at stations has been launched by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) to help b... more >
Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

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Helium-filled balloons are causing hundreds of train delays at a cost of £1m in taxpayer money every year, Network Rail has revealed. ... more >
Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

17/04/2019Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

Plans for an £80m sea wall to protect the Dawlish coastal rail line from extreme weather have been by approved by Teignbridge District Coun... 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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West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

08/04/2019West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

Malcolm Holmes, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Rail Executive, joins us to discuss the 30-year Rail Investment Strategy, and how he and his team are working closely with Midlands Connect to deliver on uplifting capacity and bettering services for people across the region ahead of TCR Midlands 2019. What do your roles as Ex... more >
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Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >