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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...

Colas buys 10 Class 60 locos from DB Schenker

Colas buys 10 Class 60 locos from DB Schenker

06.06.14: Colas Rail has bought 10 class 60 locomotives from DB Schenker Rail UK – expanding its fleet of freights locomotives and infrastructure maintenance machines. The purchase price, however, has not been disclosed. According to a statemen...

First train runs on new North Doncaster Chord

First train runs on new North Doncaster Chord

05.06.14: GB Railfreight has become the first operating company to use the newly-constructed £45m North Doncaster Chord, which was recently completed by Network Rail.  Locomotive 66751 was the first loco over the new chord, which is a 3.2k...

Rail freight movement at record high in 2014

Rail freight movement at record high in 2014

23.05.14: Rail freight movement in the UK has peaked this year with more than 22.7 billion net tonne kilometres moved in 2013-14, an increase of some 6% over the previous year, according to data from the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR). Having previo...

Rail freight delivering economic benefits to UK – RDG

Rail freight delivering economic benefits to UK – RDG

15.05.14: It is estimated that UK businesses are saving £1bn a year by using rail freight to transport goods, following a significant period of industry investment, a new Rail Delivery Group (RDG) report has revealed.  Based on analysis ca...

GB Railfreight invests in innovative Ecofret wagons

GB Railfreight invests in innovative Ecofret wagons

09.05.14: GB Railfreight (GBRf) has secured a five-year lease with VTG Rail UK Ltd for 18 of its new Ecofret triple-platform wagons.  But John Smith, managing director of GBRf, said that the government must do more to support the changing freigh...

Increasing rail freight’s modal share

Increasing rail freight’s modal share

01.05.14: Philippa Edmunds, manager of Freight on Rail, explains the growth of rail freight in the UK and how this can be further boosted. Rail freight is vital to the UK economy. As the transport minister Baroness Kramer said: “The rail freight...

Freight industry celebrates as first train tested on Ipswich Chord

Freight industry celebrates as first train tested on Ipswich Chord

25.03.14: GB Railfreight has tested the first freight train on the Ipswich Chord, which is due to open commercially on 31 March. The chord forms an important part of Network Rail’s strategic freight network – a programme of investment to...

New Ipswich Chord to increase UK freight capacity

New Ipswich Chord to increase UK freight capacity

24.03.14: The new £59m Ipswich Chord is set to increase capacity for freight trains and ease a major bottleneck affecting passenger services on the Great Eastern Main Line (GEML). Built on the site of the former Harris bacon factory, the new li...

Freight challenges set out to 2035 by CILT

Freight challenges set out to 2035 by CILT

14.02.14: Strategic national direction is needed to meet challenges facing the future growth of the UK’s logistics capability, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has urged. A new report, UK Freight Planning to 2035, exami...

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Government announces HS2 review, 'go or no-go' decision by year-end

21/08/2019Government announces HS2 review, 'go or no-go' decision by year-end

The government is set to launch a review into the HS2 project, transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced. The review into the high-spee... more >
New train station part of £218m Chelmsford regeneration

20/08/2019New train station part of £218m Chelmsford regeneration

As part of a major £218m regeneration of Chelmsford, a new train station is set to be constructed to improve transport infrastructure in th... more >
Mid-Cheshire Line speed increase after £800k rail upgrade

19/08/2019Mid-Cheshire Line speed increase after £800k rail upgrade

Following the completion of an £800,000 investment into new railway tracks, passenger trains operating on the Mid-Cheshire Line betwee... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... 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 >