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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...

NDS fleet haulage services awarded

NDS fleet haulage services awarded

06.02.14: Five suppliers have been awarded contracts to provide haulage for Network Rail’s National Delivery Service (NDS). DB Schenker, Freightliner Heavy Haul, GBRf, Direct Rail Services and Colas Rail will provide locomotives and drivers for...

£90m haulage contract for Colas Rail

£90m haulage contract for Colas Rail

31.01.14: Network Rail and Colas Rail have signed a £90m freight haulage contract. Colas Rail will provide haulage for daily network services and passenger services, mainly for the Western and Southern regions. Services to the Eastern and North...

Crossrail contract extension for GBRf

Crossrail contract extension for GBRf

28.11.13: GB Railfreight (GBRf) has won a contract extension to shift excavated material from Crossrail tunnels. The contract is with BFK working with Costain/SkansaJV and will run until November 2014. It covers services from Willesden Euro terminal...

Rail Freight Alliance launched

Rail Freight Alliance launched

01.11.13: A new group has been formed with the five major freight operating companies and Network Rail to deliver sustainable improvements for the sector. The Rail Freight Alliance has been endorsed by the Rail Delivery Group, with a new framework an...

Second freight derailment reported

Second freight derailment reported

16.10.13: Days of delays are expected after a freight train derailed last night in Gloucester.  An empty container came off the wagon as the train was travelling on the Lydney-Gloucester line, but no-one was injured. Replacement bus services are...

Freight traffic up by 3.7% – ORR

Freight traffic up by 3.7% – ORR

04.10.13: The amount of freight moved has increased by 3.7% this year, new statistics from the ORR show. In 2013-14 Q1 freight was moved to a total of 5.7bn net tonne kilometres. The report, Research findings on freight, also showed that freight dela...

Eight new Class 66 locos for GBRf

Eight new Class 66 locos for GBRf

04.09.13: GB Railfreight has signed a deal for eight new Class 66 locomotives with Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. The rolling stock will be delivered in August 2014 and will be used on biomass and infrastructure Railfreight haulage. John Smith, managing...

GB Railfreight calls for integrated electrification

GB Railfreight calls for integrated electrification

02.07.13: The UK must develop an aligned electrification investment strategy for rail and freight, GB Railfreight has urged. In evidence to the Transport Select Committee on its inquiry into ‘Access to Ports’, GB Railfreight calls for one...

New freight director appointed at Network Rail

New freight director appointed at Network Rail

26.06.13: Paul McMahon has been appointed as director of freight, Network Rail has announced. McMahon, has previously worked at the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), is replacing Tim Robinson, who is the new route managing director for Sussex. Ro...

Strategic Rail Freight Interchange plans ‘not legally flawed’

Strategic Rail Freight Interchange plans ‘not legally flawed’

19.06.13: St Albans council has been refused legal action against the Government for planning permission to build a rail depot on greenbelt land. Communities’ secretary Eric Pickles stated in December that he was “minded to approve”...

Freight charges decision ‘great relief’ – RFG

Freight charges decision ‘great relief’ – RFG

12.06.13: The ORR has concluded that proposed freight charges will be lower than initially suggested. The decisions are announced as part of the Draft Determination of the Periodic Review 2013 and have been welcomed by freight groups. Biomass will no...

Port of Felixstowe doubles rail freight capacity with new terminal

Port of Felixstowe doubles rail freight capacity with new terminal

10.06.13: A new rail terminal has been officially opened at the Port of Felixstowe, doubling rail capacity. The £40m investment is part of a scheme to increase capacity and is co-financed by the EU Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) programme....

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HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for almost seven years with ... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >