Rail freight

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...

Government reiterates support for strategic rail freight interchanges

Government reiterates support for strategic rail freight interchanges

18.12.14: The government has reiterated its support for strategic rail freight interchanges (SRFIs) for driving economic growth, despite many of them facing local opposition and planning delays.  The  National Networks National Policy State...

Freight train derails in Northumberland

Freight train derails in Northumberland

19.11.14: A freight train has derailed in Northumberland as it delivered coal from Blyth to Cottam power station. The train, operated by DB Schenker, came off the tracks Monday night but remained strewn across the line throughout Tuesday. Nobody...

Network Rail to buy more than 100 rail freight sites

Network Rail to buy more than 100 rail freight sites

03.11.14: Network Rail has agreed a deal to buy more than 100 rail freight sites from three of the country’s biggest freight operating companies, including 87 from DB Schenker alone. The self-financing transaction will see the owner of Britain&...

Eurotunnel outlines five obstacles to new cross-Channel freight services

Eurotunnel outlines five obstacles to new cross-Channel freight services

31.10.14: Eurotunnel has called on the government to work with its European counterparts to tackle five obstacles it says are significant barriers to companies seeking to launch new rail freight services through the Channel Tunnel. Throughout Europe...

Another rail freight interchange faces local opposition

Another rail freight interchange faces local opposition

22.10.14: A planned Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) in the East Midlands is facing opposition from a local action group who want the plans scrapped. The opposition to the East Midlands Gateway is reminiscent of the struggles faced to get th...

Network Rail to reconnect rail lines at Port of Sunderland

Network Rail to reconnect rail lines at Port of Sunderland

02.10.14: Network Rail has started work to reconnect the Port of Sunderland to rail lines that were last used almost 20 years ago.  The project, set to boost the port’s import and export credentials, will take up to six months to complete...

The North of England Programme: Northern Hub plus electrification

The North of England Programme: Northern Hub plus electrification

10.09.14: 2015 is a critical year for the Northern Hub, which has been combined into a single programme with electrification in the north west to ensure co-ordinated, safe, efficient delivery. RTM met Network Rail’s principal sponsor for north west...

Radlett SRFI depot row rolls on

Radlett SRFI depot row rolls on

01.09.14: The latest chapter in the long-running planning debate on the potential development of a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) at Radlett has taken a new twist and turn. David Stevenson reports.  In July this year it appeared progres...

Council to challenge government over Radlett SRFI depot

Council to challenge government over Radlett SRFI depot

27.08.14: St Albans City and District Council has lodged a claim in the High Court to challenge a decision by communities secretary Eric Pickles to grant planning permission for the development of a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) at Radlett. ...

Radlett approval welcomed by freight industry after long wait

Radlett approval welcomed by freight industry after long wait

15.07.14: Communities secretary Eric Pickles has given planning permission approval for the development of the Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) at Radlett, near St Albans, Hertfordshire. The decision, which comes almost five years after a pu...

GB Railfreight receives first batch of new Class 66 locos

GB Railfreight receives first batch of new Class 66 locos

14.07.14: GB Railfreight has received the first batch of its new Class 66 locomotives from the US, with the next two batches expected in the UK in the next six months. The five locomotives, which represent the first batch of an order of 21 Class 66s...

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Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

16/08/2018Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

Spelthorne Borough Council has submitted proposals for a light rail link from Staines-upon-Thames to Heathrow airport to provide “joined-up... more >
Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

16/08/2018Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

Network Rail has been given permission to build a new bridleway bridge across the Felixstowe branch which will provide a safe public route across... more >
Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

16/08/2018Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

Passengers travelling between Leeds and Doncaster, Sheffield, and London were advised to check before they set off this morning after a tractor d... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >