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...
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 in Leicestershire on a Friday morning. It’s been a long week for Steve, who has...
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...
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...

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 part of a five-year deal to transport sand and stone from AI quarries to various...

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 rail  Rail freight is key to servicing the UK economy in a cleaner safer way which...
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...

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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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....
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...

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...
The last couple of years have seen a revival of freight services in Ireland with regular container services between Ballina and Waterford and Dublin ports and timber trains from Ballina / Westport to Waterford picking up pace. Zinc ore trains...
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...

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...
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...

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...

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...

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 on 3 August service will offer a full train with 40 containers to and from...

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...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work