Rail freight

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...

Rail minister announces £44m to transport freight by rail

07.06.07: Rail Minister Tom Harris has announced the award of £44m in new rail freight grants at the Rail Freight 2007 conference. The grants, for carrying freight by rail which would otherwise be carried on the roads, mean the equivalent of mo...

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

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