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South Yorkshire freight terminal officially opened by Princess Royal

South Yorkshire freight terminal officially opened by Princess Royal

12.09.18: The first inland rail freight terminal in over a decade has been officially opened by the Princess Royal. The £14m state-of-the-art freight terminal is part of a larger iPort development in South Yorkshire which could create around 5...

West Midlands freight depot to be considered by Planning Inspectorate

West Midlands freight depot to be considered by Planning Inspectorate

30.08.18: The Planning Inspectorate will examine plans to create a rail freight depot on green belt land north of Wolverhampton. Four Ashes Ltd submitted a Development Consent Order (DCO) for examination for an order granting development consent for...

Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

16.08.18: Network Rail has been given permission to build a new bridleway bridge across the Felixstowe branch which will provide a safe public route across the railway and enable more goods to be moved by freight. Engineering works to upgrade the bra...

Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14.08.18: An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the environment, economy and regional road network, Network Rail has said. As part of the Great North Project, the investme...

Create Railway Customs Areas to avoid congestion post-Brexit, RDG says

Create Railway Customs Areas to avoid congestion post-Brexit, RDG says

09.08.18: In order to ensure smooth and efficient rail freight movement after Brexit, the rail industry is proposing the creation of Railway Customs Areas (RCAs) at freight terminals which would help cut down on congestion. According to a report, RCA...

£1m boost for Tees Valley in new Network Rail freight study

£1m boost for Tees Valley in new Network Rail freight study

07.08.18: The Tees Valley will receive a £1m investment in partnership with Network Rail to fund a study assessing the future of the region’s rail freight network. NR and Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen signed off the investment, which will...

Customers want more rail freight

Customers want more rail freight

31.07.18: Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in the national rail freight network, but in connections to ports and electrification. Key governme...

Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31.07.18: John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderlands, arguing that investment in rail must go beyond simply assigning a monetary value to the numbers...

British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31.07.18: Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing facilities in Wolverhampton, which will provide a major boost to British manufacturing. Over the pa...

Lord Berkeley: The time for freight is now

Lord Berkeley: The time for freight is now

24.07.18: Lord Tony Berkeley, chairman of the Rail Freight Group, argues the case for rail freight port connections and considers the improvements that need to be made, as well as the uncertain shadow of Brexit looming over the industry. Rail freight...

Tracking the contribution of logistics to sustainability

Tracking the contribution of logistics to sustainability

26.06.18: Andreas Johansson, vice president of the engineering & manufacturing sector at DHL, and Manoella Wilbaut, the company’s head of global commercial developments & sustainability, explore ways in which the rail industry can achieve ec...

Choosing rail freight over road delivered £1.7bn economy boost in 2016

Choosing rail freight over road delivered £1.7bn economy boost in 2016

07.06.18: Freight rail brought £1.7bn in economic profits to Britain in 2016, with regions in the north west, Yorkshire & Humber, Scotland, and the West Midlands benefitting the most. Figures released today by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG)...

The case for rail freight

The case for rail freight

09.05.18: Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, argues for freight parity by looking at the noteworthy examples of investment already taking place across the UK. Recent rail freight figures show a positive fu...

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...

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Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

23/08/2019Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

Major station upgrades and plans to rebuild and electrify an 8-mile stretch of track have been put forward by Network Rail as part of a public co... more >
Aldershot railway line to be directly powered by solar farm in ‘world first’

23/08/2019Aldershot railway line to be directly powered by solar farm in ‘world first’

A Network Rail pilot scheme will see the world’s first solar farm to power a railway line directly in Aldershot, in Hampshire. Ar... more >
Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

23/08/2019Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, has announced eight communities across Scotland are set to be... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >