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Freightliner plans new locomotive maintenance facility

Freightliner has released plans to build a state-of-the-art locomotive and wagon maintenance and fuelling facility at its Ranelagh Road freight yard in Ipswich. Around 20...

Lord Berkeley retires as RFG chair but will continue work in Europe

Rail freight sector champion Lord Tony Berkeley has now retired from his role as chairman of the Rail Freight Group (RFG), the industry representative...

Giving freight a fair shake

Philippa Edmunds, freight on rail manager, Campaign for Better Transport, makes a compelling argument to support a modal shift of freight from road to...

DB chief to chair RDG freight board

The CEO of DB Cargo UK, Hans-Georg Werner, has been made chair of the Rail Delivery Group's (RDG) freight board. Werner said the rail freight sector has...

Powerlifting train driver talks about his journey to the Invictus Games

Grabbing a set of 25kg weights, Freightliner’s Steve Cokayne talks me through his warm up routine. We meet at the gym he trains at...

Government to look at reopening more regional rail routes

Transport secretary Chris Grayling also indicated that the government would be looking to reopen more of the regional rail routes that were mothballed in...

Transport inquiry to address failures of CP5

The effectiveness of control periods (CP) is to be assessed in a new inquiry by the transport select committee. Chair Lilian Greenwood said the inquiry...

DB Cargo launches trial service for world’s largest steelmaker

DB Cargo UK has launched a trial service with steel giant ArcelorMittal. On September 29, the freight operator moved 1,300 tonnes of steel coil by...

Longer freight trains for Ireland

Iarnród Éireann has started trial runs of longer freight trains. The trials will enable capacity of freight trains on principle routes in the Republic of...

Daventry expands north

An extension to Daventry International Rail Terminal (DIRFT) has been agreed by government and work will start in the next few weeks. DIRFT III marks...

McLoughlin thanks staff at Victoria

A railway station once labelled Britain’s worst is back in business following a £44 million facelift. Manchester Victoria now has a vast new roof made...

New freight train

DB Schenker Rail UK and PD Ports have launched their first rail freight service from Teesport in Middlesbrough to Mossend and Grangemouth in Scotland. Starting...

A digital railway for freight

Britain has been at the heart of international trade for centuries. Today, our rail freight industry is a critical enabler of this continued success story. Having...

Educate politicians about rail freight

Maggie Smith of the Rail Freight Group (RFG) takes a look at the post-election ministerial team at the Department for Transport (DfT) and urges the...

GBRf wins on Aggregate

The New Year gets off to a good start for GB Railfreight which has started running a new service for Aggregates Industries (AI) as...

High times for rail freight

For too long rail freight has been treated as the poor relation of the railway, writes Andy Milne. Freight drivers have long raged at the...

Rail freight – Solving the capacity challenge

In the mid 1980s, France’s national postal carrier, La Poste, launched its high-speed mail rail service. It suddenly allowed the company to move letters...

Expansion for Daventry Rail Freight

An international rail freight terminal – which featured on the front page of the second edition of RailStaff 17 years ago – has won...