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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...

Give rail freight a fair deal

Give rail freight a fair deal

01.08.15: Philippa Edmunds, manager of Freight on Rail and a member of the Campaign for Better Transport, says the road haulage industry is propped up by a mass of hidden subsidies, in turn affecting the competitiveness of rail freight. In order for the...

NR starts work to reinstate rail link to Arcow and Dry Rigg quarries

NR starts work to reinstate rail link to Arcow and Dry Rigg quarries

10.07.15: Network Rail is starting work to reinstate a rail link to two quarries near Horton in Ribblesdale with the Settle to Carlisle railway line, a move which will help remove up to 16,000 lorry journeys from the local road network. Lafarge Tarma...

RAIB investigates freight train derailment near Angerstein Wharf

RAIB investigates freight train derailment near Angerstein Wharf

10.07.15: An investigation has been launched by the RAIB after a freight train, comprising 22 empty JGA wagons hauled by a class 66 locomotive, derailed at a ‘low speed’ on a curved section of track near Angerstein Wharf last month.  ...

Council ends legal challenge on Radlett freight interchange

Council ends legal challenge on Radlett freight interchange

06.07.15: St Alban’s City & District Council has decided not to take forward its appeal in its lengthy dispute over the proposed strategic rail freight interchange (SRFI) at Radlett.  Last week the local authority was refused permissio...

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...

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Equivalent of three million plastic bottles saved by Network Rail initiative

25/02/2020Equivalent of three million plastic bottles saved by Network Rail initiative

Passengers that have passed through Network Rail’s biggest and busiest stations have contributed towards the saving of the equivalent of th... more >
Government campaign launched to increase inclusivity on public transport

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Today (Feb 25th) the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has pressed ahead with a new government campaign to improve journeys for disabled passeng... more >
Bexleyheath line re-opens following £6.6m improvement work

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After four landslips in the last decade, the 9-day closure involved 200 engineers and around the clock work at 17 sits along the railway between ... 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 >