Rail freight

Government must commit to investment in rail freight connections to ports

Government must commit to investment in rail freight connections to ports

25.04.18: Better connections between English ports could boost the nation’s economy, a new study has shown. The study of England’s port connectivity found that improved rail links could provide more effective freight journeys between key econ...

New freight service launched between Liverpool Port and Scotland

New freight service launched between Liverpool Port and Scotland

24.04.18: Peel Ports and DB Cargo have formed a partnership to provide new rail services for containers via the Port of Liverpool for the first time. The service will provide cargo-owners with a route between the quayside at Liverpool and Scotland. Fr...

Construction rail traffic sees record 5% increase

Construction rail traffic sees record 5% increase

06.03.18: There has been a record expansion in construction rail traffic, according to the latest rail freight statistics. The ORR’s quarter three figures have revealed a 5% increase in construction traffic, with a movement of 1.1 billion net-tonne...

Uneven load and track twist led to Lewisham freight train derailment

Uneven load and track twist led to Lewisham freight train derailment

28.02.18: A freight train derailment in south London occurred when an unevenly loaded wagon encountered a “significant track twist”, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch’s (RAIB) investigation has found. Two wagons within an aggregate...

Council approves construction of new rail freight terminal at Cricklewood

Council approves construction of new rail freight terminal at Cricklewood

12.02.18: Construction of a modern rail freight terminal at Cricklewood has been approved to support the £4.5bn Brent Cross housing regeneration. The terminal will be built on existing rail land at Cricklewood, north London. Without the terminal...

Consumer rail freight movement reaches record high

Consumer rail freight movement reaches record high

22.12.17: Record growth in two of the main rail freight markets has continued, according to a report published yesterday. The Office of Rail and Road’s (ORR) latest quarterly rail freight figures have revealed that construction traffic has increase...

Switching from lorries to freight trains could cut air pollution by 10%

Switching from lorries to freight trains could cut air pollution by 10%

20.12.17: Making the switch from HGVs to trains for freight travel could lead to 10% less air pollution from NOx across the country, says new research from the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT). Following an investigation into lorry travel across f...

Network Rail awards landmark £150m ETCS signalling contract

Network Rail awards landmark £150m ETCS signalling contract

20.12.17: Network Rail has awarded a landmark contract for the installation of the European Train Control System (ETCS) in-cab signalling system to Siemens. The system will be installed on Britain’s freight fleet, and will ultimately equip around 7...

Time to recognise freight's role

Time to recognise freight's role

24.11.17: Campaign for Better Transport’s Freight on Rail manager, Philippa Edmunds, argues that the National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC’s) recent report overlooks the contribution rail freight makes to reducing congestion on Briti...

RMT threatens strike action against another TOC over pay

RMT threatens strike action against another TOC over pay

07.09.17: Yet another TOC could become the latest victim of widespread industrial action as the RMT today warned that a dispute against East Midlands Trains (EMT) was “looming”. The union said that strikes could be on the horizon due to E...

IRR experts take lead to deliver lighter-weight freight bogies

IRR experts take lead to deliver lighter-weight freight bogies

08.08.17: Experts from the University of Huddersfield’s Institute of Railway Research (IRR) have announced an ambitious plan to double the amount of freight carried by trains across Europe through the development of lighter-weight bogies. The p...

Business leaders urge Khan to appoint ‘freight commissioner’ for London

Business leaders urge Khan to appoint ‘freight commissioner’ for London

04.08.17: Industry leaders in the capital have urged the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to appoint a ‘freight commissioner’ to oversee the growing logistical demands of the capital. In a statement from the London Chamber of Commerce and Ind...

How can the new government support rail freight?

How can the new government support rail freight?

20.07.17: Following the recent general election, Maggie Simpson, executive director at the Rail Freight Group, considers what action the government can take to ensure that the sector continues to grow. You may not have expected the result that voters...

Reducing congestion

Reducing congestion

10.07.17: New figures show rail freight is far better at reducing congestion than previously thought, writes Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT). The latest figures from the Daventry Intermodal Rail Fr...

Rail freight: part of the solution

Rail freight: part of the solution

06.07.17: The limitations of rail freight dictate that it can never be the total solution to supply chain challenges, but Chris MacRae, rail expert at the Freight Transport Association (FTA), argues its many benefits are often overlooked by shippers as a...

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Network Rail starts consultation to remove worst rail bottle-neck in UK

17/10/2018Network Rail starts consultation to remove worst rail bottle-neck in UK

Network Rail has announced a public consultation into proposals for a major rail upgrade to the ‘Croydon bottle-neck’ on the Brighton... more >
HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

17/10/2018HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

Councillors have endorsed a “milestone” plan to transform Leeds station in preparation for HS2 arriving in the region. The Leeds... more >
Paddington: New GWR Hitachi train takes down rail network whilst on its test run

17/10/2018Paddington: New GWR Hitachi train takes down rail network whilst on its test run

A brand-new test train has “severely damaged” overhead electric wires, causing massive disruption to all trains going into and out of... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >