Rail freight

Time to recognise freight's role

Time to recognise freight's role

24 November 2017Campaign for Better Transport’s Freight on Rail manager, Philippa Edmunds, argues that the National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC’s) recent report overlooks the contribution rail freight makes to reducing congestion on British...

RMT threatens strike action against another TOC over pay

RMT threatens strike action against another TOC over pay

07 September 2017Yet another TOC could become the latest victim of widespread industrial action as the RMT today warned that a dispute against East Midlands Trains (EMT) was “looming”. The union said that strikes could be on the horizon due to East Mi...

IRR experts take lead to deliver lighter-weight freight bogies

IRR experts take lead to deliver lighter-weight freight bogies

08 August 2017Experts from the University of Huddersfield’s Institute of Railway Research (IRR) have announced an ambitious plan to double the amount of freight carried by trains across Europe through the development of lighter-weight bogies. The project...

Business leaders urge Khan to appoint ‘freight commissioner’ for London

Business leaders urge Khan to appoint ‘freight commissioner’ for London

04 August 2017Industry leaders in the capital have urged the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to appoint a ‘freight commissioner’ to oversee the growing logistical demands of the capital. In a statement from the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry...

How can the new government support rail freight?

How can the new government support rail freight?

20 July 2017Following the recent general election, Maggie Simpson, executive director at the Rail Freight Group, considers what action the government can take to ensure that the sector continues to grow.

Reducing congestion

Reducing congestion

10 July 2017New figures show rail freight is far better at reducing congestion than previously thought, writes Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT).

Rail freight: part of the solution

Rail freight: part of the solution

06 July 2017The limitations of rail freight dictate that it can never be the total solution to supply chain challenges, but Chris MacRae, rail expert at the Freight Transport Association (FTA), argues its many benefits are often overlooked by shippers as a co...

Two-thirds of public support rail freight investment boost, poll finds

Two-thirds of public support rail freight investment boost, poll finds

04 July 2017Almost two-thirds (61%) of people would like to see more freight transported by rail, a new poll released today has found. The findings, released by YouGov, also found that only 2% of people wanted to see more freight transported by road in lorri...

Freight leaders urge government to review decision to leave EU customs union

Freight leaders urge government to review decision to leave EU customs union

12 June 2017Freight leaders have today urged the new government to review its decision to leave the EU customs union following the uncertainty following the general election last week. Though the Conservatives won the most seats of any party, it failed to re...

Collapsing coal commodity continues to drive down rail freight activity

Collapsing coal commodity continues to drive down rail freight activity

09 June 2017The total amount of rail freight moved in the last year fell by 3% to 17.2 billion net kilometres compared to 2015-16, with four out of seven commodities recording a decrease, according to the latest data from the ORR. However, campaigners have p...

GB Railfreight signs three-year deal with DP World London Gateway

GB Railfreight signs three-year deal with DP World London Gateway

05 June 2017GB Railfreight has today announced that it has signed a three-year contract to manage the movements and preparations of trains running in and out of the DP World London Gateway Port. The company started its operations at the Gateway in March earl...

Freight leaders call for immediate infrastructure investment after election

Freight leaders call for immediate infrastructure investment after election

25 May 2017A key organisation representing rail freight in the UK has today urged the main political parties to back up manifesto promises for freight with immediate investment in infrastructure. In a statement, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) said...

RFG: Put rail freight at heart of post-Brexit trade links

RFG: Put rail freight at heart of post-Brexit trade links

10 May 2017Rail freight should be put at the heart of post-Brexit trade links, a statement sent by the Rail Freight Group (RFG) has today stated. The group has published a list of five key freight priorities for the next government to consider in order to b...

CBT calls for investment in freight capacity to cut road congestion

CBT calls for investment in freight capacity to cut road congestion

21 April 2017Sending more goods by rail could have the potential to ease congestion on the UK’s busiest roads and yield great economic benefits, new research published today has revealed. The findings of the ‘cross modal freight’ study from...

NR timetabling shake-up to repurpose almost 5,000 freight paths for passenger use

NR timetabling shake-up to repurpose almost 5,000 freight paths for passenger use

04 April 2017A massive timetabling change is being implemented on the rail network over the next two years by Network Rail, which will see 4,702 allocated freight paths per week be relinquished to free up capacity for passenger services. The infrastructure ow...

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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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The challenge of completing Crossrail

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Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

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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 >