Rail freight

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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Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

14/05/2019Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

Scrapping the £56bn HS2 project could pave the way for 28 separate local infrastructure schemes to be funded instead with the case “g... more >
DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

14/05/2019DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

The DfT has called for new technologies to revolutionise travel for older people and those with disabilities, but the RMT has “reacted with... more >
First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

13/05/2019First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

HS2 is on the “verge of passing the point of no return” and the amount of money spent would make scrapping the flagship project &ldqu... 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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Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

13/05/2019Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

Professor Meiling Zhu, chair of mechanical engineering and head of the Energy Harvesting Research Group (EHRG) at the University of Exeter, introduces us to Ze-Power (Zero Power, Large Area Rail Track Monitoring): an innovative Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded project aiming to make the railway tracks safer and... more >
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The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

13/05/2019The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch and chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), gives her view on the state of the UK’s ... more >
NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

13/05/2019NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) chief executive Neil Robertson returns to write for RTM, this time, to assess the digital skills shor... more >
Delivering cost-effective electrification

13/05/2019Delivering cost-effective electrification

David Clarke, technical director of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), sets out the findings of a new report on how rail electrification can... more >
5G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

13/05/20195G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

Simon Holmes, group head of digital (engineering) at FirstGroup, introduces us to the 5G solution being delivered for the rail sector.  ... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >