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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...

Time to recognise freight's role

Time to recognise freight's role

24 November 2017Campaign for Better Transport’s Freight on Rail manager, Philippa Edmunds, argues that the National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC’s) recent report overlooks the contribution rail freight makes to reducing congestion on British...

RMT threatens strike action against another TOC over pay

RMT threatens strike action against another TOC over pay

07 September 2017Yet another TOC could become the latest victim of widespread industrial action as the RMT today warned that a dispute against East Midlands Trains (EMT) was “looming”. The union said that strikes could be on the horizon due to East Mi...

IRR experts take lead to deliver lighter-weight freight bogies

IRR experts take lead to deliver lighter-weight freight bogies

08 August 2017Experts from the University of Huddersfield’s Institute of Railway Research (IRR) have announced an ambitious plan to double the amount of freight carried by trains across Europe through the development of lighter-weight bogies. The project...

Business leaders urge Khan to appoint ‘freight commissioner’ for London

Business leaders urge Khan to appoint ‘freight commissioner’ for London

04 August 2017Industry leaders in the capital have urged the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to appoint a ‘freight commissioner’ to oversee the growing logistical demands of the capital. In a statement from the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry...

How can the new government support rail freight?

How can the new government support rail freight?

20 July 2017Following the recent general election, Maggie Simpson, executive director at the Rail Freight Group, considers what action the government can take to ensure that the sector continues to grow.

Reducing congestion

Reducing congestion

10 July 2017New 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).

Rail freight: part of the solution

Rail freight: part of the solution

06 July 2017The 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 co...

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

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

04 July 2017Almost 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 lorri...

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 June 2017Freight 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 to re...

Collapsing coal commodity continues to drive down rail freight activity

Collapsing coal commodity continues to drive down rail freight activity

09 June 2017The 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 have p...

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

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

05 June 2017GB 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 March earl...

Freight leaders call for immediate infrastructure investment after election

Freight leaders call for immediate infrastructure investment after election

25 May 2017A 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) said...

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Rail companies call for polluters to pay their fair share

12/08/2020Rail companies call for polluters to pay their fair share

Rail Delivery Group have submitted proposals to influence the government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan in hope of encouraging passengers... more >
Children remind passengers to wear face coverings and keep distance

12/08/2020Children remind passengers to wear face coverings and keep distance

South Western Railways staff members are using an unlikely voice to spread the message to passengers about face coverings. New station annou... more >
TfN calls for backing of £5bn Northern Infrastructure Pipeline proposals

12/08/2020TfN calls for backing of £5bn Northern Infrastructure Pipeline proposals

Today (12 Aug) Transport for the North has revealed its blueprint for a Northern Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP), a 30-year investment plan of infr... 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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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. ... 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 >