Rail freight

Rail freight sector must do more to ‘sell its collective benefits’

Rail freight sector must do more to ‘sell its collective benefits’

13.09.16: The rail freight industry must do more to ‘sell’ its benefits as it faces challenges such as a lack of network capacity, the DfT’s rail freight strategy has said. The report notes: “The rail freight industry has many...

Mainline upgrades needed to allow longer and extra freight trains, says TfN

Mainline upgrades needed to allow longer and extra freight trains, says TfN

09.09.16: The rail network in the north must be upgraded to allow 20% longer freight trains to operate on a six-day week basis, as well as connect to newly-developed multimodal distribution parks (MDPs) that limit freight activity by road, Transport for t...

Changes promised to reduce impact of controversial freight interchange

Changes promised to reduce impact of controversial freight interchange

26.08.16: The developers behind a proposed freight interchange in Northamptonshire have altered the plans to try to address residents’ concerns. The Rail Central Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) will take up eight million square feet o...

Delivering for freight

Delivering for freight

07.07.16: Paul McMahon, managing director of freight and national passenger operators at Network Rail, discusses the core elements and plans for the new virtual freight route. From carrying cars for export and supplying supermarkets to supporting our...

SRFIs and the development consent order process

SRFIs and the development consent order process

06.07.16: Elizabeth Dunn, a partner, and Stephen Humphreys, an associate in Burges Salmon’s Planning & CPO team discuss the opportunities and challenges faced by Strategic Rail Freight Interchanges (SRFIs) in the UK. Government statistics s...

Transforming rail freight through technology

Transforming rail freight through technology

05.07.16: Rail freight in the UK is changing, with traditional markets such as coal and steel falling significantly and growth coming in new sectors where user expectations are constantly increasing, writes Maggie Simpson, executive director of the Rail F...

Proposals for new West Midlands freight hub open to public consultation

Proposals for new West Midlands freight hub open to public consultation

14.06.16: A new rail freight hub with direct access to the West Coast Main Line could be built near Featherstone in Staffordshire. Consortium Four Ashes are holding consultation events on design plans for the West Midlands Interchange, which will be...

GB Railfreight names last Class 66 locomotive ‘Evening Star’

GB Railfreight names last Class 66 locomotive ‘Evening Star’

11.05.16: GB Railfreight has named the last Class 66 locomotive to be built for the UK and European markets ‘Evening Star’. Locomotive 66779, which has been liveried in lined passenger express ‘brunswick green’, was named afte...

How does freight fit in with rail devolution?

How does freight fit in with rail devolution?

05.04.16: Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager, Campaign for Better Transport, discusses the recommendations from the Shaw Report and what this means for the freight sector. The nervously awaited Shaw Report, which was buried in the spring Budge...

New Scottish Rail Freight Strategy promises more support and investment in CP6

New Scottish Rail Freight Strategy promises more support and investment in CP6

22.03.16: The Scottish freight industry will receive special support in CP6 following measures laid out in the new Rail Freight Strategy. The strategy, published today, says that the freight industry will provide advice to the Scottish government on...

More rail freight needed for sustainable connectivity in Scotland

More rail freight needed for sustainable connectivity in Scotland

03.03.16: More rail freight is vital for allowing the Scottish government to promote long-term sustainable connectivity, the government’s transport minister has said. Speaking at the Rail Freight Group (RFG) conference in Stirling, Derek Mackay...

DB Schenker Rail to change name to DB Cargo UK

DB Schenker Rail to change name to DB Cargo UK

02.03.16: Freight company DB Schenker Rail UK, which operates Royal Mail services, will become DB Cargo UK from today. The company has operated all Royal Mail services since 2010 and it recently won a five-year contract with building materials compan...

North franchises ‘will not deliver transformational infrastructure’

North franchises ‘will not deliver transformational infrastructure’

26.02.16: The railway across the north needs a “bigger, more expensive, and transformational” solution to fix its historical lack of investment, because what is committed now simply is not enough, rail bosses have said. The leaders of Tra...

Last GB Railfreight Class 66 locomotives arrive in UK

Last GB Railfreight Class 66 locomotives arrive in UK

15.02.16: The last diesel-powered Class 66 locomotives to be operated by GB Railfreight (GBRf) are due to be transported to Doncaster today after arriving in the UK last week. The seven Class 66s (66773-6679), from Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) in the...

Four major freight operators awarded five-year Tarmac deals

Four major freight operators awarded five-year Tarmac deals

14.01.16: British building materials company Tarmac has awarded four major companies to deliver rail freight services around its new hubs and rail supply routes. Colas Rail, GB Railfreight, Freightliner and DB Schenker have all bagged five-year contr...

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Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

22/10/2018Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

The Thameslink programme at Network Rail’s latest project pledges to drive innovation and make commuters’ lives easier with cutting-e... more >
FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

19/10/2018FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported failure to tell the London S... more >
Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

19/10/2018Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has received an £80m rescue package led by the Netherlands, leading to reports of urgent talks between the UK and Dutch gove... 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 >