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New £18m railhead approved for West Midlands freight company

New £18m railhead approved for West Midlands freight company

26.06.15: A new £18m railhead has been given the go-ahead connecting a freight firm to the Chase Line in the West Midlands. Freight company Pentalver are to create a new road-rail interchange facility. The project includes new railway sidi...

DB Schenker to cut more than 200 rail freight jobs in England

DB Schenker to cut more than 200 rail freight jobs in England

22.06.15: DB Schenker is to cut 234 rail freight jobs due to the decline in demand for coal. The company, whose UK headquarters are in Doncaster, said the losses would mostly be felt in the north of England as the coal demand had declined much faster...

Ministers want freight on passenger rail to expand

Ministers want freight on passenger rail to expand

16.06.15: Rail freight growth could be achieved through expanding schemes to carry goods on underused passenger services, the government has suggested. In a speech to the Rail Engineers Forum Technical Seminar at the Institute of Civil Engineers, the...

Rail freight sector still has a lot to learn – RFG Conference

Rail freight sector still has a lot to learn – RFG Conference

04.06.15: Rail freight performance is expected to continue growing at apace in CP5, but the industry must work much more collaboratively to solve and overcome potential pitfalls to growth, delegates were told at yesterday’s 23rd Annual Rail Freight...

Transport for the North calls on business to help produce freight strategy

Transport for the North calls on business to help produce freight strategy

01.06.15: Transport for the North (TfN) is calling for businesses to contribute to the development of a Northern Freight and Logistics Strategy. The body, set up to transform connectivity across the north of England and drive economic growth, has iss...

Government research played down benefits of rail freight to road network

Government research played down benefits of rail freight to road network

27.04.15: Government research has played down the potential benefits of the transfer from road to rail freight, the Campaign for Better Transport has claimed. The group says that the government research has only been looking at national averages acro...

DB Schenker to continue operating Royal Mail services

DB Schenker to continue operating Royal Mail services

27.04.15: DB Schenker has won a new contract to continue to operate rail services for Royal Mail. The freight operator retained the contract it has operated since 2010 in the face of strong competition. The new deal begins on 1 June 2015, for a...

DB Schenker launches carbon neutral rail freight

DB Schenker launches carbon neutral rail freight

17.04.15: DB Schenker has become the first company in the UK to offer their customers carbon neutral rail freight. Eco Neutral from DB Schenker Rail UK enables customers to compensate in full for the CO2 emissions generated through their rail freight...

RAIB investigating another incident of a container falling from a train

RAIB investigating another incident of a container falling from a train

17.04.15: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has announced it is investigating the second incident of a container being blown off a freight train in a month. The organisation is already looking into an incident on 7 March in Cumbria where...

Council refuses to end fight against Radlett freight interchange

Council refuses to end fight against Radlett freight interchange

14.04.15: St Albans City and District Council (SADC) has confirmed that it will seek permission to appeal the dismissal of its recent court challenge against the proposal for a strategic rail freight interchange (SRFI) at Radlett.      &nbs...

High winds ‘blew freight container off train’ in Cumbria

High winds ‘blew freight container off train’ in Cumbria

27.03.15: High winds blew a 30-foot container off a freight train travelling at 75mph on the down mainline in the vicinity of Scout Green, Cumbria, earlier this month, investigators have said.  The empty container, blown off an FEA(B) wagon that...

Council still considering whether to appeal Radlett decision

Council still considering whether to appeal Radlett decision

24.03.15: St Albans City and District Council (SADC) is still considering whether to appeal the High Court’s decision to dismiss its appeal against a rail freight terminal at Radlett being built on green belt land.  Last year, the council...

Eversholt Rail sells entire freight wagon fleet

Eversholt Rail sells entire freight wagon fleet

03.03.15: Eversholt Rail, the rolling stock leasing company, has announced it is selling its entire freight wagon fleet to Nacco (UK) Ltd. The sale is for an undisclosed price. The fleet consists of 920 wagons and 63 load units. The vehicles range fr...

Port of Sunderland lines back in use after 20 years

Port of Sunderland lines back in use after 20 years

06.02.15: The transport secretary has visited the north east to see a locomotive run along the rail line to the Port of Sunderland, for the first time in 20 years.  The use of the lines for a light engine rail trial yesterday followed £600...

Redesign calls for Channel Tunnel’s open shuttle trains after latest fire

Redesign calls for Channel Tunnel’s open shuttle trains after latest fire

02.02.15: Lord Berkeley has called on the Channel Tunnel Intergovernmental Commission to review the design of open shuttle trains that carry lorries through the Channel Tunnel.  In a letter to Chris Irwin, head of the UK delegation to the Channe...

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Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

15/08/2018Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

Swiss rolling stock provider Stadler has been announced as the preferred bidder for a Welsh deal that will provide 71 trains to the lines. T... more >
Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

15/08/2018Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

Train fares in the UK will rise 3.2% in January 2019, the government has confirmed – marginally below the expected 3.5%. This increase... more >
Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14/08/2018Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the environment, economy and... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >