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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...

Groupe Eurotunnel to sell GB Railfreight

Groupe Eurotunnel to sell GB Railfreight

19.10.16: Groupe Eurotunnel (GET) has received a binding and irrevocable offer from EQT Infrastructure II for the potential acquisition of its subsidiary, GB Railfreight (GBRf). If GET accepts the offer, it will use the profits to boost its core infr...

Rail freight activity considerably down in Q1

Rail freight activity considerably down in Q1

30.09.16: Activity in the rail freight sector is declining compared to the same time last year, linked to a number of factors including the decline of the coal sector. New statistics from the ORR show that the total volume of freight moved in the fir...

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...

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North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

16/08/2019North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

Key leaders from across the North of England have called for Government commitment to a ‘Northern Budget’ which could be used to deli... more >
Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

16/08/2019Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

Since its launch four weeks ago, more than 170,000 journeys have been made using the new contactless payment system on the Metrolink network... more >
Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

15/08/2019Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed train service to ferry medicine to the UK from Fran... 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 >