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 and parcels around the country at 270 km/h, sorting as it went. Next year that service...
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 will address failures of the current CP, noting scrapped electrification plans, differences in regional funding, and uncompleted...
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 20 loaded BYA-type wagons from the Port of Boston to Wolverhampton. DB Cargo is providing a full port...
Transport secretary Chris Grayling also indicated that the government would be looking to reopen more of the regional rail routes that were mothballed in the 1960s as part of the Beeching cuts. The DfT said proposals were already on the...

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 a massive expansion of the rail hub site with an extended railway line, 15 new...
A moving international rail freight motorway comes a step nearer this summer. Europorte ran a trial lorry trailer service from Antwerp to Barking via the Channel Tunnel and High Speed One on May 21-22. The piggyback train consisted of a...
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 seen significant change in recent years but that it must be prepared for more. RDG's freight...
Rail freight has been experiencing a marked renaissance over the past 15 years, growing in popularity as consistently as its steady decline in the 1960s and 70s, Marc Johnson reports. More and more businesses continue to shift from road to...
Monday 4th March was a big day for Iarnród Éireann and Port of Waterford when DFDS Logistics re-launched a container train reconnecting County Mayo with Rotterdam and the rest of Europe. Writes Tim Casterton DFDS operates the sea route from...
An international rail freight terminal – which featured on the front page of the second edition of RailStaff 17 years ago – has won approval for a substantial expansion. Daventry International Rail Freight terminal (Dirft) currently runs approximately 140 trains...
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 from the same material used at the Eden Project whilst the station itself retains most...

Stobart turns to rail freight

With the rapidly rising cost of fuel and today’s carbon, congestion and cost conscious society, road haulage is an increasingly controversial issue. Not only do continuing rises in fuel charges play a significant part in inflation, but best use of...
Chris Grayling MP, Minister for Employment, joined local MPs James Duddridge and Mark Francois at London Southend airport to meet new recruits at the airport. Airport owners, Stobart Group, have substantially redeveloped the airport and added a brand new railway...
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 new government to get right behind rail freight - an essential element of rail’s soaraway...
The company behind the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal plans to significantly expand the site. Prologis has applied for permission to build DIRFT III which will expand over the nearby former radio mast site near Hilmorton creating over 9,000 jobs....

Spanish Freight for HS1

More London-bound fresh food and car parts from Valencia in Spain are being carried on High Speed One following a deal between HS1 and DB Schenker Rail (UK). The freight trains speeding up High Speed One to East London are...

Future beckons for rail freight

When the rail industry was privatised rail freight, like the rest of the business, was scheduled for quiet decline. BR had four main freight companies for sale - three were bought by Wisconsin Central and became EWS - subsequently acquired...
The cargo of a fire-damaged ship has been saved by an intrepid rail freight company. The captain of the Zim Rotterdam cargo container ship, sailing from Port Klang in Malaysia to Felixstowe, had to lay up off the coast unable...
Rail supporters in the north of Scotland are helping whisky distilleries put more of the water of life on the metals. 77 of Scotland’s 99 malt whisky distilleries are located in the highlands and much of the traffic is moved...
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 grown by 80 per cent in the decades since privatisation, it now provides the transport...

Critical biomass

Hard working designers at Lloyd’s Register Rail UK and W H Davis have developed a new biomass wagon, one of the largest of its kind. Says Richard Gibney, Professional Head of Traction and Rolling Stock, Lloyd’s Register Rail UK, ‘This...

On the road

Network Rail’s first preference is to transport goods by rail. In a bid to minimise road movements Network Rail is to build a 300,000 square foot national road haulage distribution centre on the site of the former Peugeot plant at...

Retailers get on track

The Freight Transport Association has praised Britain’s retailers for attempting to move more goods by rail. The FTA’s report, ‘On Track!’ points out the economic and environmental benefits of using rail in supply chain logistics. Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose, Marks...

Rail freight rises

Rail freight is continuing to expand. Recent data published by the Office of Rail Regulation shows freight carried by rail rose by 5.8% in the year 2013-14 compared to the year before. A report commissioned by the Rail Delivery Group...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work