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DB Schenker Rail to change name to DB Cargo UK

DB Schenker Rail to change name to DB Cargo UK

02.03.16: Freight company DB Schenker Rail UK, which operates Royal Mail services, will become DB Cargo UK from today. The company has operated all Royal Mail services since 2010 and it recently won a five-year contract with building materials compan...

North franchises ‘will not deliver transformational infrastructure’

North franchises ‘will not deliver transformational infrastructure’

26.02.16: The railway across the north needs a “bigger, more expensive, and transformational” solution to fix its historical lack of investment, because what is committed now simply is not enough, rail bosses have said. The leaders of Tra...

Last GB Railfreight Class 66 locomotives arrive in UK

Last GB Railfreight Class 66 locomotives arrive in UK

15.02.16: The last diesel-powered Class 66 locomotives to be operated by GB Railfreight (GBRf) are due to be transported to Doncaster today after arriving in the UK last week. The seven Class 66s (66773-6679), from Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) in the...

Four major freight operators awarded five-year Tarmac deals

Four major freight operators awarded five-year Tarmac deals

14.01.16: British building materials company Tarmac has awarded four major companies to deliver rail freight services around its new hubs and rail supply routes. Colas Rail, GB Railfreight, Freightliner and DB Schenker have all bagged five-year contr...

East Midlands freight interchange gets green light

East Midlands freight interchange gets green light

14.01.16: The East Midlands Gateway Rail Freight Interchange, planned for a site north of East Midlands Airport in Leicestershire, has been granted development consent by transport minister Robert Goodwill MP. The strategic rail freight interchange (...

Shaw Review must not throw freight baby out with Network Rail bath water

Shaw Review must not throw freight baby out with Network Rail bath water

03.12.15: Philippa Edmunds, manager of Freight on Rail and a member of the Campaign for Better Transport, says a continued centralised ‘system operation’ function within Network Rail is crucial for the freight sector. The industry should...

Amount of rail freight lifted in Q2 slips 18.4%

Amount of rail freight lifted in Q2 slips 18.4%

27.11.15: There was an 18.4% decrease in the amount of freight lifted on the rail network in Q2 of 2015-16, compared to the same quarter last year, according to new figures from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).  The regulator said the decrease...

Freight derailments: a complex and cross-industry system risk

Freight derailments: a complex and cross-industry system risk

01.11.15: David Stevenson talks to the organisations responsible for managing the UK’s freight derailment risk, to find out what is being done. He spoke to the ORR’s chief inspector, Ian Prosser, and deputy chief inspector, David Keay; acting...

VTG Rail and Mendip Rail sign 130 freight aggregate wagons deal

VTG Rail and Mendip Rail sign 130 freight aggregate wagons deal

23.10.15: Wagon hire and rail logistics firm VTG Rail UK has signed an agreement with independent freight operator Mendip Rail to hire out 130 new aggregate wagons. A mixture of hoppers and boxes, they will be used to move stone from the Aggregate In...

Scotland pledges to bring down the barriers to rail freight growth

Scotland pledges to bring down the barriers to rail freight growth

22.10.15: The Scottish transport minister has called on businesses across the country and the UK to support Scotland’s government in expanding its rail freight sector. As he launched the Scottish Government’s consultation document, &lsquo...

Three revamped locos sent into service following 10-year Network Rail lease

Three revamped locos sent into service following 10-year Network Rail lease

25.09.15: The first three of a new freight fleet of refurbished 73/9s have entered service following a 10-year lease agreement between GB Railfreight and Network Rail. The new fleet will be used for infrastructure monitoring (hauling trains that moni...

Network Rail halts Ely to Soham freight line plans

Network Rail halts Ely to Soham freight line plans

16.09.15: Network Rail has shelved plans to double a section of track between Ely and Soham until sufficient funding can be identified. The plans are part of the Felixstowe and Nuneaton freight capacity enhancement scheme called F2N. Designers a...

GBRf runs first waste train from new North London Railfreight Terminal

GBRf runs first waste train from new North London Railfreight Terminal

11.09.15: GB Railfreight (GBRf) has run its first train transporting waste from its new North London Railfreight Terminal in Cricklewood this week. The new three-year contract is for one train a day (Monday to Friday) in partnership with FCC Environm...

Freight demand grows by 80 weekly trains

Freight demand grows by 80 weekly trains

09.09.15: Britain is filling 80 more freight trains per week compared to this time last year as a result of a steadily increasing demand in the last decade, Network Rail research shows. There has been a 75% uplift in the volume of consumer goods trav...

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...

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Azuma trains arrive on Highland Chieftain route

10/12/2019Azuma trains arrive on Highland Chieftain route

London North Eastern Railway’s Highland Chieftain route between Inverness and London King’s Cross has welcomed the arrival of the new... more >
RMT puts forward settlement to end SWR strike

09/12/2019RMT puts forward settlement to end SWR strike

As the second week of South Western Railway’s safety strike commences, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has... more >
Avanti takeover of the West Coast Main Line begins

09/12/2019Avanti takeover of the West Coast Main Line begins

Long-distance train services on The West Coast Main Line will be officially taken over by Avanti West Coast today (Dec 9), marking the start of a... 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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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 >