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Transport for the North to deliver freight strategy

Transport for the North to deliver freight strategy

25.08.15: Transport for the North (TfN) is to create the UK’s first pan-regional freight and logistics strategy, designed to create an integrated transport sector for the region while driving growth and jobs. Mott MacDonald and MDS Transmodal h...

Give rail freight a fair deal

Give rail freight a fair deal

01.08.15: Philippa Edmunds, manager of Freight on Rail and a member of the Campaign for Better Transport, says the road haulage industry is propped up by a mass of hidden subsidies, in turn affecting the competitiveness of rail freight. In order for the...

NR starts work to reinstate rail link to Arcow and Dry Rigg quarries

NR starts work to reinstate rail link to Arcow and Dry Rigg quarries

10.07.15: Network Rail is starting work to reinstate a rail link to two quarries near Horton in Ribblesdale with the Settle to Carlisle railway line, a move which will help remove up to 16,000 lorry journeys from the local road network. Lafarge Tarma...

RAIB investigates freight train derailment near Angerstein Wharf

RAIB investigates freight train derailment near Angerstein Wharf

10.07.15: An investigation has been launched by the RAIB after a freight train, comprising 22 empty JGA wagons hauled by a class 66 locomotive, derailed at a ‘low speed’ on a curved section of track near Angerstein Wharf last month.  ...

Council ends legal challenge on Radlett freight interchange

Council ends legal challenge on Radlett freight interchange

06.07.15: St Alban’s City & District Council has decided not to take forward its appeal in its lengthy dispute over the proposed strategic rail freight interchange (SRFI) at Radlett.  Last week the local authority was refused permissio...

The ORR's new highway role: An opportunity not a distraction

The ORR's new highway role: An opportunity not a distraction

01.07.15: Anna Walker, chair of the Office of Rail and Road, explains the opportunities its new role to monitor Highways England will bring. As RTM went to press the newly named Office of Rail and Road (ORR) was closing a consultation on the proposed...

New government is committed to rail freight

New government is committed to rail freight

01.07.15: Clare Moriarty, director general of the Rail Executive at the Department for Transport, discusses the role that freight can play in supporting economic growth in CP5. The new Conservative-led government says its priority for this next Parli...

Start of a long 'psychological evolution' in EU railway interoperability

Start of a long 'psychological evolution' in EU railway interoperability

01.07.15: Richard Lockett, head of the cross acceptance unit at the European Railway Agency, discusses the challenge of interoperability. The fourth railway package is a set of aims to remove the remaining barriers to the creation of a single Europea...

Delivering high levels of freight network performance

Delivering high levels of freight network performance

01.07.15: Paul McMahon (pictured, centre), director of freight at Network Rail, discusses the success of Britain’s rail freight sector and what Network Rail is doing to support this. Rail freight is vital for the British economy. The Rail Deliv...

Council refused permission to appeal Radlett freight decision

Council refused permission to appeal Radlett freight decision

30.06.15: The Court of Appeal has refused to give St Albans City & District Council permission to appeal the dismissal of its recent court challenge against the proposal for a strategic rail freight interchange (SRFI) at Radlett.      ...

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...

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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

22/02/2019Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transport masterplan outlined by ... more >
Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

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New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

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A new head of safety and environment has been announced by Hull Trains, with Mark Shepherd due to replace Phil Green in the role. Bringing m... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >