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Customers want more rail freight

Customers want more rail freight

31 July 2018Philippa 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 government pol...

Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31 July 2018John 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 l...

British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31 July 2018Roger 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 past 12...

Lord Berkeley: The time for freight is now

Lord Berkeley: The time for freight is now

24 July 2018Lord 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 and p...

Tracking the contribution of logistics to sustainability

Tracking the contribution of logistics to sustainability

26 June 2018Andreas 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 eco...

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 June 2018Freight 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) found...

The case for rail freight

The case for rail freight

09 May 2018Philippa 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 future f...

Government must commit to investment in rail freight connections to ports

Government must commit to investment in rail freight connections to ports

25 April 2018Better 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 econom...

New freight service launched between Liverpool Port and Scotland

New freight service launched between Liverpool Port and Scotland

24 April 2018Peel 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. From 8...

Construction rail traffic sees record 5% increase

Construction rail traffic sees record 5% increase

06 March 2018There 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 k...

Uneven load and track twist led to Lewisham freight train derailment

Uneven load and track twist led to Lewisham freight train derailment

28 February 2018A 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 t...

Council approves construction of new rail freight terminal at Cricklewood

Council approves construction of new rail freight terminal at Cricklewood

12 February 2018Construction 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, th...

Consumer rail freight movement reaches record high

Consumer rail freight movement reaches record high

22 December 2017Record 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 increased...

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 December 2017Making 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 four of...

Network Rail awards landmark £150m ETCS signalling contract

Network Rail awards landmark £150m ETCS signalling contract

20 December 2017Network 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 750...

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West Midlands Interchange to boost local economy

07/07/2020West Midlands Interchange to boost local economy

The new Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI), titled the West Midlands Interchange (WMI), located in South Staffordshire, is set to become a... more >
HS2 eastern leg could create up to 150,000 jobs

07/07/2020HS2 eastern leg could create up to 150,000 jobs

Leaders in the North and the Midlands are calling for HS2 work to be brought forward as new research shows the eastern leg of the line could crea... more >
New bridge in progress at Eridge station

07/07/2020New bridge in progress at Eridge station

Work to remove and rebuild a footbridge at Eridge station in East Sussex took place over the weekend. In order to keep those safe who use th... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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 >