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Colas buys 10 Class 60 locos from DB Schenker

Colas buys 10 Class 60 locos from DB Schenker

06 June 2014Colas 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 statement seen...

First train runs on new North Doncaster Chord

First train runs on new North Doncaster Chord

05 June 2014GB 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 3.2km twin...

Rail freight movement at record high in 2014

Rail freight movement at record high in 2014

23 May 2014Rail 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 previously p...

Rail freight delivering economic benefits to UK – RDG

Rail freight delivering economic benefits to UK – RDG

15 May 2014It 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 carried...

GB Railfreight invests in innovative Ecofret wagons

GB Railfreight invests in innovative Ecofret wagons

09 May 2014GB 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 freight indu...

Increasing rail freight’s modal share

Increasing rail freight’s modal share

01 May 2014Philippa 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 sec...

Freight industry celebrates as first train tested on Ipswich Chord

Freight industry celebrates as first train tested on Ipswich Chord

25 March 2014GB 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 improv...

New Ipswich Chord to increase UK freight capacity

New Ipswich Chord to increase UK freight capacity

24 March 2014The new £35m 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 line wil...

Freight challenges set out to 2035 by CILT

Freight challenges set out to 2035 by CILT

14 February 2014Strategic 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, examines th...

NDS fleet haulage services awarded

NDS fleet haulage services awarded

06 February 2014Five 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 CP5...

£90m haulage contract for Colas Rail

£90m haulage contract for Colas Rail

31 January 2014Network 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 Northern re...

Crossrail contract extension for GBRf

Crossrail contract extension for GBRf

28 November 2013GB 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 to Cro...

Rail Freight Alliance launched

Rail Freight Alliance launched

01 November 2013A 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 and set...

Second freight derailment reported

Second freight derailment reported

16 October 2013Days 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 curre...

Freight traffic up by 3.7% – ORR

Freight traffic up by 3.7% – ORR

04 October 2013The 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 delay per...

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The challenge of completing Crossrail

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

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