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£14m Peak District rail freight extension unveiled

£14m Peak District rail freight extension unveiled

30 April 2019A £14m rail freight extension in the Peak District has been unveiled by Network Rail to boost construction productivity and take lorries off the road. A disused council tip has been transformed by Network Rail into 430 new metres of railway...

Lord Berkeley: TransPennine freight is being sidelined

Lord Berkeley: TransPennine freight is being sidelined

05 March 2019Lord Berkeley, former chairman of the Rail Freight Group, makes the case for extra freight capacity across the proposed TransPennine route upgrades. Freight has suffered from the lack of capacity across the Pennines, especially for container trai...

Northumberland unveils £3.5m rail project to bring back passenger services

Northumberland unveils £3.5m rail project to bring back passenger services

05 February 2019A county council has unveiled a new plan to reintroduce direct trains between Newcastle and south-east Northumberland, bringing back passenger services to a current freight line in a £3.5m investment. Northumberland County Council said it i...

RAIB issues warning over brakes and wheel safety following derailment incident

RAIB issues warning over brakes and wheel safety following derailment incident

01 February 2019The RAIB has published a warning about the maintenance of freight vehicles and the safety of wheel and braking systems on trains which can lead to derailment. In a safety digest published following an investigation into the derailment of a rail h...

Operator revealed for flagship rail freight interchange in the East Midlands

Operator revealed for flagship rail freight interchange in the East Midlands

29 January 2019Segro has been named as the operator of a new flagship rail freight interchange in the East Midlands ahead of its construction by the end of 2019. The company has signed a 25-year lease with Maritime Transport to operate the huge Strategic Rail F...

Rail freight deal unveiled by DB Cargo UK and Maritime Transport

Rail freight deal unveiled by DB Cargo UK and Maritime Transport

28 January 2019DB Cargo UK and Maritime Transport have agreed to launch a joint intermodal division and contract out work to each other in bid to increase rail freight capacity and competition in the intermodal market. The deal will see DB Cargo contracted to r...

Planning Inspectorate reject plans for giant rail freight interchange in Northamptonshire

Planning Inspectorate reject plans for giant rail freight interchange in Northamptonshire

23 October 2018Plans for a massive strategic rail freight interchange (SRFI) in Northamptonshire has been rejected by the government’s Planning Inspectorate (PINS) because of “inconsistencies” in the proposals. The 600-acre proposal, submitted...

£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

12 October 2018Work to upgrade the route between Doncaster and northern Lincolnshire has begun as Network Rail invests more than £15m in rail freight in the region. Network Rail has partnered with Humber LEP and North Lincolnshire Council on the project...

Rail Central proposals for controversial freight interchange submitted

Rail Central proposals for controversial freight interchange submitted

25 September 2018Plans for Rail Central, a proposed new Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) in Northamptonshire which could create 8,000 new jobs, have been submitted to the planning inspectorate. Ashfield Land and Gazeley have submitted the proposals for t...

South Yorkshire freight terminal officially opened by Princess Royal

South Yorkshire freight terminal officially opened by Princess Royal

12 September 2018The first inland rail freight terminal in over a decade has been officially opened by the Princess Royal. The £14m state-of-the-art freight terminal is part of a larger iPort development in South Yorkshire which could create around 5,000 ne...

West Midlands freight depot to be considered by Planning Inspectorate

West Midlands freight depot to be considered by Planning Inspectorate

30 August 2018The Planning Inspectorate will examine plans to create a rail freight depot on green belt land north of Wolverhampton. Four Ashes Ltd submitted a Development Consent Order (DCO) for examination for an order granting development consent for the We...

Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

16 August 2018Network Rail has been given permission to build a new bridleway bridge across the Felixstowe branch which will provide a safe public route across the railway and enable more goods to be moved by freight. Engineering works to upgrade the branch li...

Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14 August 2018An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the environment, economy and regional road network, Network Rail has said. As part of the Great North Project, the investment wil...

Create Railway Customs Areas to avoid congestion post-Brexit, RDG says

Create Railway Customs Areas to avoid congestion post-Brexit, RDG says

09 August 2018In order to ensure smooth and efficient rail freight movement after Brexit, the rail industry is proposing the creation of Railway Customs Areas (RCAs) at freight terminals which would help cut down on congestion. According to a report, RCAs woul...

£1m boost for Tees Valley in new Network Rail freight study

£1m boost for Tees Valley in new Network Rail freight study

07 August 2018  The Tees Valley will receive a £1m investment in partnership with Network Rail to fund a study assessing the future of the region’s rail freight network. NR and Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen signed off the investment, which wi...

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ORR publishes rail safety report

14/07/2020ORR publishes rail safety report

The rail regulator’s Annual Report of Health and Safety Performance on Britain’s Railways shows that despite safety across Britain&rs... more >
HS2 contractors begin work on Euston station site

14/07/2020HS2 contractors begin work on Euston station site

Work to construct the HS2 London station at Euston has taken a significant step forward this month (July). Contractors Mace Dragados joint v... more >
Rail workers help with Nightingale Hospital

14/07/2020Rail workers help with Nightingale Hospital

A DIY store in Exeter has been transformed into a new Nightingale Hospital thanks to the help of 60 Network Rail workers. The Nightingale Ho... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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 >