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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...

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...

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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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RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

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RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >