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GB Railfreight signs biomass haulage contract

GB Railfreight signs biomass haulage contract

20 December 2016GB Railfreight has been awarded a contract to provide 50 new purpose built high capacity biomass hopper wagons for Lynemouth Power Limited. The hoppers are due to start service on 1 October 2017, transporting biomass between Port of Tyne and Lyne...

RFG: Rail reforms must not neglect freight customers

RFG: Rail reforms must not neglect freight customers

07 December 2016The Rail Freight Group (RFG) has warned that the government’s planned reforms to the British railway must be of benefit to freight shippers as well as passengers. At the Conservative policy think-tank Policy Exchange yesterday evening, the...

Rail freight activity continues to decline in Q2

Rail freight activity continues to decline in Q2

02 December 2016Activity in the rail freight industry has continued to struggle in Q2, as the decline in coal being moved also spread to renewable sectors such as biomass, the latest ORR figures show. According to new statistics from the ORR, in Q2 this year 4.2...

GB Railfreight acquisition completed

GB Railfreight acquisition completed

17 November 2016EQT Infrastructure II has completed its acquisition of GB Railfreight Ltd from Groupe Eurotunnel. It was announced last month that Group Eurotunnel was considering the offer from EQT for its subsidiary company, which is the third largest freight...

Clear policy statements needed for rail freight development

Clear policy statements needed for rail freight development

10 November 2016Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager, reflects on the DfT’s new rail freight strategy and what it means for the sector.

Groupe Eurotunnel to sell GB Railfreight

Groupe Eurotunnel to sell GB Railfreight

19 October 2016Groupe Eurotunnel (GET) has received a binding and irrevocable offer from EQT Infrastructure II for the potential acquisition of its subsidiary, GB Railfreight (GBRf). If GET accepts the offer, it will use the profits to boost its core infrastruc...

Rail freight activity considerably down in Q1

Rail freight activity considerably down in Q1

30 September 2016Activity in the rail freight sector is declining compared to the same time last year, linked to a number of factors including the decline of the coal sector. New statistics from the ORR show that the total volume of freight moved in the first qua...

Rail freight sector must do more to ‘sell its collective benefits’

Rail freight sector must do more to ‘sell its collective benefits’

13 September 2016The rail freight industry must do more to ‘sell’ its benefits as it faces challenges such as a lack of network capacity, the DfT’s rail freight strategy has said. The report notes: “The rail freight industry has many poten...

Mainline upgrades needed to allow longer and extra freight trains, says TfN

Mainline upgrades needed to allow longer and extra freight trains, says TfN

09 September 2016The rail network in the north must be upgraded to allow 20% longer freight trains to operate on a six-day week basis, as well as connect to newly-developed multimodal distribution parks (MDPs) that limit freight activity by road, Transport for the...

Changes promised to reduce impact of controversial freight interchange

Changes promised to reduce impact of controversial freight interchange

26 August 2016The developers behind a proposed freight interchange in Northamptonshire have altered the plans to try to address residents’ concerns. The Rail Central Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) will take up eight million square feet on a si...

Delivering for freight

Delivering for freight

07 July 2016Paul McMahon, managing director of freight and national passenger operators at Network Rail, discusses the core elements and plans for the new virtual freight route.

SRFIs and the development consent order process

SRFIs and the development consent order process

06 July 2016Elizabeth Dunn, a partner, and Stephen Humphreys, an associate in Burges Salmon’s Planning & CPO team discuss the opportunities and challenges faced by Strategic Rail Freight Interchanges (SRFIs) in the UK.

Transforming rail freight through technology

Transforming rail freight through technology

05 July 2016Rail freight in the UK is changing, with traditional markets such as coal and steel falling significantly and growth coming in new sectors where user expectations are constantly increasing, writes Maggie Simpson, executive director of the Rail Fre...

Proposals for new West Midlands freight hub open to public consultation

Proposals for new West Midlands freight hub open to public consultation

14 June 2016A new rail freight hub with direct access to the West Coast Main Line could be built near Featherstone in Staffordshire. Consortium Four Ashes are holding consultation events on design plans for the West Midlands Interchange, which will be built...

GB Railfreight names last Class 66 locomotive ‘Evening Star’

GB Railfreight names last Class 66 locomotive ‘Evening Star’

11 May 2016GB Railfreight has named the last Class 66 locomotive to be built for the UK and European markets ‘Evening Star’. Locomotive 66779, which has been liveried in lined passenger express ‘brunswick green’, was named after the...

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Greater Anglia new electric commuter trains testing continues

03/07/2020Greater Anglia new electric commuter trains testing continues

Greater Anglia are currently in the depths of replacing their old trains with brand new state-of-the-art modern trains, including 111 trains from... more >
‘Safer travel pledge’ issued by train companies

03/07/2020‘Safer travel pledge’ issued by train companies

As lockdown restrictions look to be relaxed further this weekend, with businesses like pubs, restaurants and cinemas beginning to reopen, train o... more >
SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

02/07/2020SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

South Western Railway’s (SWR) Wimbledon depot recently received its first Class 701 train, marking a momentous milestone in the £1bn ... 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 >