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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...

High Court appeal over Radlett SRFI to be heard next week

High Court appeal over Radlett SRFI to be heard next week

30.01.15: The government’s decision to approve plans for the Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) at Radlett will be challenged in the High Court next week.  In the last seven years, St Albans District Council (SADC) has spent £...

Eurotunnel increases fleet strength with £31m order

Eurotunnel increases fleet strength with £31m order

13.01.15: Eurotunnel has ordered three new freight shuttles for its fleet to meet the “growing demand” of cross-Channel traffic flows. The Channel Tunnel operator, which is also seeking a buyer for its MyFerryLink business after a UK cour...

Upgraded Ipswich Yard ‘fully operational’ after 12-week delay

Upgraded Ipswich Yard ‘fully operational’ after 12-week delay

22.12.14: The newly upgraded Ipswich Yard, which includes extended rail sidings, new overhead line equipment and signals, is now fully operational with freight operators able to use it.  Network Rail confirmed that the £25m upgrade project...

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Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

14/05/2019Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

Scrapping the £56bn HS2 project could pave the way for 28 separate local infrastructure schemes to be funded instead with the case “g... more >
DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

14/05/2019DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

The DfT has called for new technologies to revolutionise travel for older people and those with disabilities, but the RMT has “reacted with... more >
First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

13/05/2019First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

HS2 is on the “verge of passing the point of no return” and the amount of money spent would make scrapping the flagship project &ldqu... 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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Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

13/05/2019Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

Professor Meiling Zhu, chair of mechanical engineering and head of the Energy Harvesting Research Group (EHRG) at the University of Exeter, introduces us to Ze-Power (Zero Power, Large Area Rail Track Monitoring): an innovative Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded project aiming to make the railway tracks safer and... more >
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The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

13/05/2019The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch and chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), gives her view on the state of the UK’s ... more >
NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

13/05/2019NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) chief executive Neil Robertson returns to write for RTM, this time, to assess the digital skills shor... more >
Delivering cost-effective electrification

13/05/2019Delivering cost-effective electrification

David Clarke, technical director of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), sets out the findings of a new report on how rail electrification can... more >
5G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

13/05/20195G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

Simon Holmes, group head of digital (engineering) at FirstGroup, introduces us to the 5G solution being delivered for the rail sector.  ... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >