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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...

Customers want more rail freight

Customers want more rail freight

31 July 2018Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in the national rail freight network, but in connections to ports and electrification. Key government pol...

Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31 July 2018John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderlands, arguing that investment in rail must go beyond simply assigning a monetary value to the numbers l...

British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31 July 2018Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing facilities in Wolverhampton, which will provide a major boost to British manufacturing. Over the past 12...

Lord Berkeley: The time for freight is now

Lord Berkeley: The time for freight is now

24 July 2018Lord Tony Berkeley, chairman of the Rail Freight Group, argues the case for rail freight port connections and considers the improvements that need to be made, as well as the uncertain shadow of Brexit looming over the industry. Rail freight and p...

Tracking the contribution of logistics to sustainability

Tracking the contribution of logistics to sustainability

26 June 2018Andreas Johansson, vice president of the engineering & manufacturing sector at DHL, and Manoella Wilbaut, the company’s head of global commercial developments & sustainability, explore ways in which the rail industry can achieve eco...

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Wales’ Transport Minister criticises funding for Welsh railways

25/09/2020Wales’ Transport Minister criticises funding for Welsh railways

Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales Ken Skates has written to Grant Shapps MP, the Secretary of State for Transport, highlighting his... more >
Further work on £1.2bn East Coast Upgrade in October

25/09/2020Further work on £1.2bn East Coast Upgrade in October

No trains in or out of London King’s Cross, or on Thameslink services to or from St Pancras International via Finsbury Park, on Saturday 17... more >
£1.8m improvement work this weekend near Manchester Piccadilly

24/09/2020£1.8m improvement work this weekend near Manchester Piccadilly

Passengers are being asked by Network Rail to check before they travel this weekend during essential railway improvement work on a busy route int... 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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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

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

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 >