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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...

Two-thirds of public support rail freight investment boost, poll finds

Two-thirds of public support rail freight investment boost, poll finds

04.07.17: Almost two-thirds (61%) of people would like to see more freight transported by rail, a new poll released today has found. The findings, released by YouGov, also found that only 2% of people wanted to see more freight transported by road in...

Freight leaders urge government to review decision to leave EU customs union

Freight leaders urge government to review decision to leave EU customs union

12.06.17: Freight leaders have today urged the new government to review its decision to leave the EU customs union following the uncertainty following the general election last week. Though the Conservatives won the most seats of any party, it failed...

Collapsing coal commodity continues to drive down rail freight activity

Collapsing coal commodity continues to drive down rail freight activity

09.06.17: The total amount of rail freight moved in the last year fell by 3% to 17.2 billion net kilometres compared to 2015-16, with four out of seven commodities recording a decrease, according to the latest data from the ORR. However, campaigners...

GB Railfreight signs three-year deal with DP World London Gateway

GB Railfreight signs three-year deal with DP World London Gateway

05.06.17: GB Railfreight has today announced that it has signed a three-year contract to manage the movements and preparations of trains running in and out of the DP World London Gateway Port. The company started its operations at the Gateway in Marc...

Freight leaders call for immediate infrastructure investment after election

Freight leaders call for immediate infrastructure investment after election

25.05.17: A key organisation representing rail freight in the UK has today urged the main political parties to back up manifesto promises for freight with immediate investment in infrastructure. In a statement, the Freight Transport Association (FTA)...

RFG: Put rail freight at heart of post-Brexit trade links

RFG: Put rail freight at heart of post-Brexit trade links

10.05.17: Rail freight should be put at the heart of post-Brexit trade links, a statement sent by the Rail Freight Group (RFG) has today stated. The group has published a list of five key freight priorities for the next government to consider in orde...

CBT calls for investment in freight capacity to cut road congestion

CBT calls for investment in freight capacity to cut road congestion

21.04.17: Sending more goods by rail could have the potential to ease congestion on the UK’s busiest roads and yield great economic benefits, new research published today has revealed. The findings of the ‘cross modal freight’ study...

NR timetabling shake-up to repurpose almost 5,000 freight paths for passenger use

NR timetabling shake-up to repurpose almost 5,000 freight paths for passenger use

04.04.17: A massive timetabling change is being implemented on the rail network over the next two years by Network Rail, which will see 4,702 allocated freight paths per week be relinquished to free up capacity for passenger services. The infrastruct...

GB Railfreight signs biomass haulage contract

GB Railfreight signs biomass haulage contract

20.12.16: GB Railfreight has been awarded a contract to provide 50 new purpose built high capacity biomass hopper wagons for Lynemouth Power Limited. The hoppers are due to start service on 1 October 2017, transporting biomass between Port of Tyne an...

RFG: Rail reforms must not neglect freight customers

RFG: Rail reforms must not neglect freight customers

07.12.16: The Rail Freight Group (RFG) has warned that the government’s planned reforms to the British railway must be of benefit to freight shippers as well as passengers. At the Conservative policy think-tank Policy Exchange yesterday evening...

Rail freight activity continues to decline in Q2

Rail freight activity continues to decline in Q2

02.12.16: Activity in the rail freight industry has continued to struggle in Q2, as the decline in coal being moved also spread to renewable sectors such as biomass, the latest ORR figures show. According to new statistics from the ORR, in Q2 this ye...

GB Railfreight acquisition completed

GB Railfreight acquisition completed

17.11.16: EQT Infrastructure II has completed its acquisition of GB Railfreight Ltd from Groupe Eurotunnel. It was announced last month that Group Eurotunnel was considering the offer from EQT for its subsidiary company, which is the third largest fr...

Clear policy statements needed for rail freight development

Clear policy statements needed for rail freight development

10.11.16: Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager, reflects on the DfT’s new rail freight strategy and what it means for the sector. The DfT rail freight strategy, published in September, is most welcome as it provides a clear vision for rail...

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

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