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Council ends legal challenge on Radlett freight interchange

Council ends legal challenge on Radlett freight interchange

06 July 2015St 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 permission to a...

The ORR's new highway role: An opportunity not a distraction

The ORR's new highway role: An opportunity not a distraction

01 July 2015Anna 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 monit...

New government is committed to rail freight

New government is committed to rail freight

01 July 2015Clare 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 Parliament...

Start of a long 'psychological evolution' in EU railway interoperability

Start of a long 'psychological evolution' in EU railway interoperability

01 July 2015Richard 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 European rail...

Delivering high levels of freight network performance

Delivering high levels of freight network performance

01 July 2015Paul 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 Delivery Gr...

Council refused permission to appeal Radlett freight decision

Council refused permission to appeal Radlett freight decision

30 June 2015The 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.       &n...

New £18m railhead approved for West Midlands freight company

New £18m railhead approved for West Midlands freight company

26 June 2015A 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 sidings, a...

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 June 2015DB 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 than...

Ministers want freight on passenger rail to expand

Ministers want freight on passenger rail to expand

16 June 2015Rail 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...

Rail freight sector still has a lot to learn – RFG Conference

Rail freight sector still has a lot to learn – RFG Conference

04 June 2015Rail 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 Gr...

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 June 2015Transport 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 issued a...

Government research played down benefits of rail freight to road network

Government research played down benefits of rail freight to road network

27 April 2015Government 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 across all...

DB Schenker to continue operating Royal Mail services

DB Schenker to continue operating Royal Mail services

27 April 2015DB 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 minimum of...

DB Schenker launches carbon neutral rail freight

DB Schenker launches carbon neutral rail freight

17 April 2015DB 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 servi...

RAIB investigating another incident of a container falling from a train

RAIB investigating another incident of a container falling from a train

17 April 2015The 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 high w...

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

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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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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

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Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. ... 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

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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 >