Rail freight

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...

FTA welcomes london gateway approval

31.05.07: The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has welcomed the Government's decision to issue final approval to develop London Gateway container port - also known as Shellhaven. FTA says that the development, near Thurrock in Essex, will provide much...

Action called for to provide capacity for rail freight growth

01.05.07: Rail Freight Group has urged the Government to confirm the funding for rail freight schemes as a matter of urgency. The four elements are: • Including key rail freight schemes along with general capacity enhancements which would p...

Good times roll

01.01.07: In these pivotal times in the rail freight sector, one company, Freightliner Heavy Haul continues to flourish. Heavy Haul is the fastest growing bulk freight operator in the UK. With 17 driver depots and administrative centres in Crewe and...

UK New-Build freight wagons for Kenya

01.01.07: In October 2005, following a response to a global tender invitation, the Kenyan Magadi Soda Company awarded UK wagon builder W H Davis of Shirebrook, Notts a contract for the manufacture and supply of 104 x 66 tonne (GLW) bogie covered hopper wa...

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DfT confirms Northern Powerhouse Rail business case delayed until 2019

12/12/2018DfT confirms Northern Powerhouse Rail business case delayed until 2019

The strategic outline business case for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR), which was due to be submitted to the government by the end of this month,... more >
TfL shelves plans for Tube upgrades as financial woes revealed

12/12/2018TfL shelves plans for Tube upgrades as financial woes revealed

Plans to upgrade major parts of London Underground will be put on hold and Crossrail 2 is now in doubt after TfL has disclosed the extent of its ... more >
Hitachi and Spencer Group join forces for £500m Tyne and Wear Metro deal bid

12/12/2018Hitachi and Spencer Group join forces for £500m Tyne and Wear Metro deal bid

Hitachi and Spencer Group have launched a joint bid to win a £500m contract to build new trains and a maintenance depot for the Tyne and We... 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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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 >