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

Rail freight should be put at the heart of post-Brexit trade links, a statement sent by the Rail Freight Group (RFG) stated last week. RFG has published a list of five key freight priorities for the next government to consider. ...Read More

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UK rail freight operators relinquish 50% of freight path allocations

Infrastructure manager Network Rail has announced that 50% of the UK rail freight operators’ weekly path allocations will be relinquished as they are not being used. This decision followed a two-year joint review by Network Rail and freight rail operators, ...Read More

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Six cities added to China – Europe rail freight network

A trans-continental freight rail network has added Changsha, Chongqing, Suzhou and Wuhan, joining Zhengzhou and Chengdu. The additional cities were chosen for their proximity to manufacturing, commercial and cultural centres in inland China. Duisburg and Warszawa have been added to ...Read More

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German rail organisation expects China to boost freight

The International Rail Freight Business Association (IBS) in Germany has expressed its hope that 'Belt and Road' to be held in China forum will help further boost transnational railway freight. IBS Chairman Olaf Krueger said that the expectation for the ...Read More

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Chengdu, China starts freight train to Belarus

Chengdu city in Southwest China started freight trains to Belarus on 1 March, the first of the city's planned 150 freight trains to countries such as Belarus, Russia and Lithuania this year. The train, which was carrying 41 containers of ...Read More

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Decrease in German rail freight

Unlike the UK, where the growth in rail freight seems only to be limited by network capacity, rail freight seems to be struggling in Germany. Statistics released on 17 February 2017 by the Federal Office show that, while the total ...Read More

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Rail Freight Body welcomes new London Freight Interchange

The decision by planning authorities to give permission Howbury Park rail freight interchange in Dartford, South East has been warmly welcomed by the Freight on Rail group. RFG is a partnership consisting of various rail freight operators, the Rail Freight ...Read More

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Reduction in UK rail freight grants will drive freight back on roads

Rail freight may be undermined by a UK government decision to reduce funding by more than 20% funding for a grant encouraging a modal shift from road. The Department for Transport (DfT) has reduced the annual Mode Shift Revenue Support ...Read More

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Japan Shifting to Trains for Freight

Companies in Japan are switching from freight lorries to rail to transport freight over land. In some cases, competitors are cooperating in the venture. The moves from one mode of freight transportation to the other has been prompted by the ...Read More

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New ‘inland port’ near East Midlands Airport

An'inland port' planned for farmland near East Midlands Airport may create 7,000 new jobs. The East Midlands Gateway project will provide a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange on farmland north of East Midlands Airport. Plans include up to 6 million sq ...Read More

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Romania – Sweden rail freight service

A new rail freight service will begin during January, linking Curtici near Arad in western Romania with major logistics centres in Sweden. The service will join two existing freight routes, to form the ‘first unified rail connection’ between Romania and ...Read More

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Freight services begin through Gotthard Base Tunnel

Passenger and freight trains have begun scheduled services through the Gotthard Base Tunnel, marking the completion of a record-breaking project. The first two trains to use the tunnel left Zurich and Basel for Lugano, Italy, at 6:09 am and 4.55 ...Read More

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UK Rail Freight Group: rail reforms must benefit freight customers

The UK’s Rail Freight Group (RFG) has warned that government reforms to the structure of the nation’s railways must benefit freight shippers as well as passengers. The government proposals aim to bring operational management of the infrastructure into future franchises, ...Read More

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Eurotunnel Sells UK Rail Freight Carrier

Eurotunnel Group has completed the sale of GB Railfreight (GBRf) which is the third largest rail freight operator in the UK, to equity company EQT Infrastructure II. GBRf currently runs over 1,000 trainloads a week, around 15% of the UK’s ...Read More

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Clear policy needed for rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager, reflects on the DfT’s new rail freight strategy and what it means for the sector. The DfT rail freight strategy, published in September, is most welcome as it provides a clear vision for rail ...Read More

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Chinese rail freight volumes hit 21-month high

China Railway Corporation (CRC) announced on November 7 that China’s rail freight volume increased for a third successive month in October, to a 21-month high. During the first nine months of the year, volumes fell 4.8% year-on-year, but during October ...Read More

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Industry welcomes rail freight strategy

Representatives of the rail sector have welcomed the publication on September 13 of the government’s rail freight strategy. This has been developed in collaboration with operators and customers as well as infrastructure manager Network Rail. The strategy sets out a ...Read More

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Electric switch needed to increase freight speeds

Switching from diesel engine to electric traction will have more effect on freight train speeds than simply increasing speed limits from 75mph to 90mph, according to Network Rail in its draft Freight Network Study. Average speeds of freight trains remain ...Read More

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Network Rail study targets faster freight

Longer and faster freight trains running on a higher-capacity rail network form the basis of Network Rail’s draft Freight Network Study which was released for consultation last month. Increases in line speed on important sections of the Strategic Freight Network ...Read More

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Irish Rail tests longer freight trains

IRISH Rail operated a 440m-long container freight train between Dublin North Wall and Claremorris on June 27. This was part of trials to introduce longer freight trains later this year. The maximum length of freight trains in the trails willincrease ...Read More

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New West Midlands freight hub for public consultation

A rail freight hub with direct access to the West Coast Main Line could be built near Featherstone in Staffordshire. The planned development, which the developer hopes will create 8,500 jobs, will feature warehouses for the storage, processing and movement ...Read More

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Russian Railways to develop new freight services

Speaking at the China International Transportation and Logistic Expo in Shanghai, JSC Russian Railways President Oleg Belozerov confirmed that the company will develop new freight services on the Europe–China Route. In his speech, delivered at the 'Railway Business at Transit ...Read More

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Scotland needs formal Strategic Rail Freight Network

The top priorities for a Strategic Rail Freight Network are easy to identify: the key Anglo-Scottish West Coast Main Line (in particular) and East Coast Main Line need the full capability and capacity to accommodate 775m-long intermodal trains carrying industry-standard ...Read More

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Scotland needs to update rail freight

But much more needs to be done to increase the amount of freight carried by rail.   The industry  should work in partnership with government and customers to deliver rail freight services in sectors such as aggregates, timber and movement ...Read More

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Rail freight must speed up its development

New markets must be found for rail freight to continue its valuable contribution, as Transport Minister Derek Mackay said, in his introduction to the Scottish Government’s recent Delivering the Goods strategy. He remarked that ‘time is of the essence for ...Read More

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Rail freight spend eases pressure in Melbourne area

A JOINT rail freight initiative is planned to help ease pressure from some of the state’s busiest roads. The state government will partner with Graincorp and will invest $8.5 million into upgrading and building new train loading and infrastructure suitable ...Read More

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Freight train plans in York region

There are plans to increase freight traffic on certain routes, such as the one running through Thornhill and other York Region cities, in order to improve commuter services in other areas. A local residents' association is in full support of ...Read More

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China rail freight falls 9 per cent in Q1

China's rail freight volume fell 9.0 percent in the first quarter of 2016 from a year earlier to 791 million tonnes, the country's economic planner said on last week. For March, the amount of cargo moved by rail freight declined ...Read More

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Logistics students against Northants rail freight terminal plan

A scheme which would sacrifice farmland for a major rail freight terminal has been questioned by students from the University of Northampton. The proposals, which are to be examined by the Planning Inspectorate, are for a rail depot the size ...Read More

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Germany’s Deutsche Bahn to slash 2100 rail freight jobs

Germany’s railway operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) plans to cut 2,100 jobs from its freight transportation subsidiary, DB Cargo. 215 freight transport points in Germany will be closed. DB Cargo employs 17,000 people in Germany and, despite of a loss of ...Read More

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Scotland government unveils new rail freight strategy

Scotland's Transport Minister Derek Mackay has launched the government's new rail freight strategy called 'Delivering the Goods.' The strategy aims to make the country's rail freight sector competitive and sustainable for meeting the demands of modern markets, as well as ...Read More

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Freight Transport Association backs rail freight strategy

The Freight Transport Association is backing the launch of Scotland’s rail freight strategy, stating that it will be good for the freight and logistics industry. Transport Minister, Derek Mackay, launched the Scottish Government document ‘Delivering the Goods’, described as a ...Read More

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China ‘ s rail freight falls sharply in 2015

China's national rail freight volume, an indicator of economic activity, fell significantly in 2015, official data showed on last week. Railways carried 3.36 billion tons of cargo last year, down 11.9 percent year on year, the National Development and Reform ...Read More

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Estonian rail freight volumes plunge

DECLINING trade with Russia inflicted a heavy toll on rail freight traffic in Estonia last year, according to annual traffic figures from national rail freight operator EVR Cargo. Freight traffic to and from Russia declined by 18% to 7.7 million ...Read More

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East Midlands freight interchange approved

The East Midlands Gateway Rail Freight Interchange, planned for a site north of East Midlands Airport in Leicestershire, has been granted development consent by the Transport minister Robert Goodwill MP. The strategic rail freight interchange (SRFI) will be built over ...Read More

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Work on Indian dedicated freight corridor begins

Work has commenced on the Rs 4328 crore project to build the 320-kilometre stretch of the western dedicated freight corridor. This will be a dedicated freight line connecting Delhi and Mumbai, and is expectedto be completed within 48 months. "This ...Read More

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Australia to invest $15m to increase rail freight capacity

The Australian Government is extending five passing loops across Victoria and South Australia to facilitate the operation of 1,800m freight trains. The $15m loops extension project will be carried out at Mile End in South Australia, and Pyrenees, Murtoa, Pimpinio ...Read More

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Loss of coal threatens Scottish freight prospects

Scotland’s rail freight industry is likely to suffer a severe decline without co-ordinated intervention, according to a consultation released by Transport Scotland. The 'Delivering the Goods' document, which was launched by Scottish Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay on ...Read More

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French Railways testing 1000m freight trains

Fret SNCF, the freight transport arm of France’s national rail operator, is conducting a series of new trials with 1,000-metre freight trains. As continuation of last year’s Marathon long freight train project, Fret SNCF will run 12 trains between October ...Read More

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Logistics Park Progress

Phase 1 of the Masterplan for the new Port of Felixstowe Logistics Park is completed. The Logistics Park will provide 1.4 million square feet of purpose built warehousing at theUK's largest container port. 40% of all UK container freight moves ...Read More

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Network Rail postpones freight line upgrade

Network Rail has currently abandoned plans to upgrade the Ely and Soham section of freight line between Nuneaton and Felixstowe in its new cost-control drive. The project near Cambridge formed part of a wider programme of projects to enhance sections ...Read More

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Rail freight decision day looms in St Albans

A decision on whether to sell land in St Albans for a massive rail freight depot will be taken by the county council’s nine-man cabinet; only two members of the Cabinet represent the district. The ‘executive decision’ on the sale ...Read More

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Increased Railfreight capacity at Port of Felixstowe

GB Railfreight ran its first train in its new slot at the Port of Felixstowe on 2 September. The freight operator has been able to increase its capacity at the Port by over one fifth (23%). The new slot, GB ...Read More

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Broken down freight train delays commuters

Rail commuters face severe delays today after a freight train broke down on the East Midlands line between Bedford and Wellingborough. Network Rail have warned that the broken-down freight train is not expected to be moved until later this evening ...Read More

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New Pipeline Infrastructure would help Freight Rail Backlog

Expanding America's pipeline infrastructure would relieve the nation's overburdened freight rail network and improve service for farmers across the country, according to a new study from the American Farm Bureau Federation. The booming energy business in the Upper Midwest increased ...Read More

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Last post for French high-speed freight

AFTER 31 years of service, mail freight trains on the French high-speed network ceased on June 27. A postal freight TGV made a final run between the terminals at Cavaillon in Marseilles and Charolais near Paris Gare du Lyon. French ...Read More

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Rail freight latest: Council refused permission

The council had challenged the Secretary of State’s decision to grant planning permission for a strategic rail freight interchange at Park Street near St Albans, which has been the subject of years of protest by local residents. The High Court ...Read More

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Talks on railway freight base for Cheshire town

Cheshire East council is talking to rail bosses about a new rail freight base in Middlewich; if the scheme goes ahead, it could transform the Cheshire town into a major logistics hub. Middlewich which is close to junction 18 of ...Read More

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Steel bars damage freight train in Australia

A freight train has been extensively damaged after hitting two steel bars believed to have been deliberately put on the tracks near Stawell, about 230 kilometres west of Melbourne in Australia. The freight train with 34 carriages was travelling west ...Read More

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South Africa Shifts Freight From Road To Rail

In 2013, about 71 percent of the 734-million tons of freight in South Africa was moved by road, despite the fact that railways make up 80 percent of Africa’s infrastructure, according to a PWC report. Over the next four years, ...Read More

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Australian freight owners want government funds

Seven of Australia's transporters of freight on rail and road have written an open letter to the country's prime minister Tony Abbott to take a call on the Inland Rail project. Around A$300m ($235m) has already been allocated for this ...Read More

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Benefits of rail freight

The Campaign for Better Transport has published a study arguing that an earlier government study made use of national averages that failed to take account of the fact HGV traffic tends to be concentrated on certain routes, such as those ...Read More

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Railway freight scam in India

Country-wide surprise inspections in India have brought to light multi-crore irregularities at the Electronic In-Motion Weigh Bridges (EIMWB) where systematic manipulations in weighing freight has been detected. The surprise checks revealed an intricate web of railway officials and private vendors ...Read More

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PKP Cargo makes cooperation deal with Croatian freight carrier

The largest rail freight carrier in Poland, PKP Cargo, has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with HZ Cargo, the rail freight company of Croatia, to open up opportunities in central and southern Europe. The partnership with Croatia’s national rail freight ...Read More

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Chinese freight train carries Christmas toys and olive oil

A freight train from China’s eastern province of Zhejiang finished its maiden journey to Madrid and back, establishing the world’s longest rail link. China has dubbed the route the “21st-century Silk Road.” After a 24-day journey, 64 freight containers bearing ...Read More

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Government rejects call for Queensland Rail to ship freight

QUEENSLAND Rail will not be returning to the freight industry, after the Queensland Government rejected a parliamentary recommendation. The state parliamentary transport Committee recommended Queensland Rail should provide freight services in the "short term" until commercial providers could fill the ...Read More

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Passenger delays after freight train breaks down

A BROKEN down freight train in Brough caused delays yesterday for motorists and train passengers. Dozens of trains due to leave Hull had to be cancelled, and replacement bus services were been laid on. The broken down freight train stopped ...Read More

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Rail Freight Group Lunch

The annual Rail Freight Group (RFG) Christmas Lunch raised £5,500 for Shelter, the RFG’s ongoing chosen Christmas charity and guests also heard Mark Carne, CEO of Network Rail, give a strong statement of support for the rail freight industry. Carne ...Read More

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First freight train from China arrives in Spain

The first direct freight train to connect China and Spain reached Madrid on Tuesday 9 December after a journey of around 13,000 kilometers that began 21 days previously in the Chinese city of Yiwu, on the east coast. It is ...Read More

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China to Europe rail freight services expand

China is seeing a growing number of rail freight services to Europe, in spite of lack of profitability on the the services. Efforts are being made to integrate these services with different cities to reduce high costs. Costs are higher ...Read More

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Freight trains cause ‘major disturbance’

An independent report has raised "significant" concerns over noise levels from freight trains in Stirling. Stirling Council commissioned a detailed study after complaints from residents along the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine line. A report from consultants in acoustics and vibration concluded that night-time ...Read More

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Network Rail gains control of UK freight sites

Network Rail has taken over 105 leasehold sites from three of the UK’s biggest freight operators with the aim of improving competition in the sector.The acquisition process, which includes 87 sites from DB Schenker, 15 from Freightliner and three from ...Read More

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China Railways faster freight service

China Railway Corporation has launched faster freight service amid a reform to cut logistics costs in the country, it was reported earlier this week. All of the existing 4,200 transportation centers of CRC will form a nationwide network offering faster ...Read More

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Estonian rail freight improvement

The Estonian state-owned rail freight carrier EVR Cargo’s freight volume reached 1.23 million tons in September, increasing by 3.8 per cent year-on-year, said the company. The overall freight volume during the first nine months of the year remains 3.7 per ...Read More

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Rail Freight worth a decade of growth in Washington

Washington state residents in the USA can thank rail freight for insulating the state during the recent recession. Rail freight contributes $28.5 billion to Washington's economy each year, the same as a full decade of economic growth, according to a ...Read More

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Rail Freight Meeting Warning

Lord Tony Berkeley, head of the Rail Freight Group (RFG) has written an open letter to the EU member states on behalf of the European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) ahead of the EU meeting on October 8. He urges those ...Read More

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Senators Want to modernise Rail Freight Regulation

Amid complaints of poor service and excessive rates, two US senators have introduced a bill to overhaul federal regulation of the nation’s freight railroad network. The Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2014 is aimed at helping shippers cut through ...Read More

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Rail regulation “strangling” small freight operators

The European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) has warned the European Parliament that competition in the rail freight sector is being "strangled" by an inadequate regulatory structure and monopolistic behaviour by existing operators. There was a seminar in Brussels on September ...Read More

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USA rail freight delays

Senators and shippers complained yesterday that widespread delays in freight rail shipments are harming a wide array of industries and driving some companies out of business.They expressed doubt that the railway companies are doing all they can to fix the ...Read More

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Rail Freight Decision legal challenge

St Albans council is challenging the Secretary of State's decision to allow a new rail freight interchange on the old Radlett aerodrome on three points of law. The first is concerned with the legality of his approach in taking his ...Read More

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Rail freight: St Albans District Council to challenge permission

St Albans District Council has lodged a claim in the High Court to challenge the Government’s decision to approve plans for a rail freight terminal on a Green Belt site. The claim challenges Eric Pickles' decision to grant planning permission ...Read More

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Upgrade brings longer freight trains to Selby terminal

A Selby based logistics firm will now be able to welcome some of the longest freight trains in the country following the opening of its upgraded rail terminal. The logistics company which is located on the Barlby banks of the ...Read More

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Planning permission for Park Street rail freight terminal

St Albans MP Anne Main was told last week that the appeal by Helioslough to build a rail freight terminal on the Green Belt site of the former Radlett Airfield had been successful. Among the factors which have influenced the ...Read More

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International Rail Freight Terminal approved

The government has given final approval for a £1bn expansion of the Daventry freight terminal. The owners want to build a new rail freight interchange and warehousing covering 850 acres (345 hectares). The Department for Transport has granted full development ...Read More

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Direct Line for Freight Trains

Last month the Ipswich Chord was opened, to approval by Felixstowe port.  the 1.2 km long double track railway links the East Suffolk and Great Eastern railway lines, allowing freight trains to run directly from Felixstowe to the Midlands at ...Read More

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Rail Freight welcomes Fall in Channel Tunnel Rates

Eurotunnel has announced that it is committed to reduce the current level of freight train track access charges by up to 50%. This was welcomed by all in the logistics community with interests in rail cargo. The Channel Tunnel Regulator ...Read More

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More freight for HS 1

Additional freight services on High Speed 1 were introduced from January 13, carrying automotive components and refrigerated freight containers of perishable foodstuffs from Spain to London via the Channel Tunnel. The service provider has a track access contract with HS1 ...Read More

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China Railway Corp freight rise expected

China Railway Corporation (CRC) is expected to raise freight rates early this year in order to relieve its massive debt burden and speed up market-oriented reform in the industry, in which it has the monopoly. Such a move may further ...Read More

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Electrified rail freight network for Ecuador

Metro operator TMB from Barcelona in Spain has been awarded a contract worth around $US 1.4m to carry out a prefeasibility study into the construction of an electrified freight network in Ecuador, South America. The planned route will linkkey industrial ...Read More

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HS2 will increase capacity for rail freight

At the Rail Freight Group Christmas lunch, Baroness Susan Kramer, minister of state for transport said that HS2 was “desperately needed to relieve congestion” and to ensure the continued growth and success of the freight sector. She said that rail ...Read More

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