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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...

Rail helps increase UK economic output by £10bn – RDG

Rail helps increase UK economic output by £10bn – RDG

09.07.14: Rail services increase the output of the rest of the UK’s economy by as much as £10.2bn a year – equivalent to £386 for every household in Britain – mainly by reducing road congestion and increasing productivity, a...

Energy audits to hit all businesses

Energy audits to hit all businesses

01.07.14: The government’s decision to implement energy audits on all non-SMEs before 5 December 2015 will cause a headache for every company relying on road transport – regardless of their size. Nick Radcliffe, MD of FreightArranger, explains...

Delivering the North Doncaster Chord

Delivering the North Doncaster Chord

01.07.14: Adrian Elliott, Alliance manager on the North Doncaster Chord at Network Rail, talked to RTM about delivering the new railway flyover. On 26 June, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin officially cut the ribbon and opened the North Doncaster C...

Rail freight relief as European ministers reject international ‘mega trucks’

Rail freight relief as European ministers reject international ‘mega trucks’

06.06.14: The decision by European transport ministers to reject the European Commission’s proposals to allow cross-border ‘mega trucks’ across Europe has been welcomed by the UK’s freight industry. During the review of the lo...

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Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

13/06/2019Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of the cliffs under new plans... more >
TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

12/06/2019TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

TfL has awarded a contract for 43 new trains to replace the oldest rolling stock on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), with the first scheduled t... more >
Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... more >
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Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >
Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10/06/2019Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region o... more >
The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

10/06/2019The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

Richard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming... more >
A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

10/06/2019A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will... 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 >