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Freight on Rail welcomes London terminal plan

Freight on Rail said it welcomed planning approval for a rail freight interchange at Howbury Park in South East London. It said it was an important element of the network of strategic rail freight interchanges being developed across the country to ensure that consumer freight can be transported long distance by rail to the edge of conurbations. Bexley Council’s planning committee voted to support a recommendation to agree to Roxhill’s ... [+]
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French railways buys into Swiss freight business

French Railways’ SNCF Logistics arm has bought a 45% stake in the Cargo subsidiary of independent Swiss rail operator BLS. SNCF said it would strengthen its presence in the north-south market as BLS operates a prime route to italy. SNCF’s two Captrain subsidiaries are the ... [+]
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The sensor gets smart

Industrial internet firm Nexiot is equipping the entire European wagon fleet of rail leaser VTG with what it describes as a revolutionary design of smart sensor. Unlike previous designs, which could only transmit information a few times a day, the sensors can communicate with users every ... [+]
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Rail firm goes out to spot shippers

Railway logistics provider TX Logistik has set up a new department for short-notice spot transport. The service was established at the beginning of the year and will be expanded gradually in response to increased demand for such services. TX Logistik is focused on the North-South axis ... [+]
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Fourth train for Turkey

The GreenBridge Multimodal joint venture has introduced a fourth intermodal rail and sea service between Turkey and Europe. The joint venture organisation between Samskip Multimodal and Intercombi Transport - a subsidiary of the Turkey Netlog Logistics Group - is now operating an additional roundtrip train ... [+]
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Work starts on East Midlands rail hub

Property developer Roxhill says it has started work on the first phase of East Midlands Gateway rail freight interchange near Castle Donington. W ork on the opening phase is expected to be completed by October but the entire government-backed scheme is being built across six ... [+]
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The VIIA Britanica rail motorway returns to service

The VIIA Britanica rail motorway service resumed this week, starting with one daily return service. Rail freight protection security measures in Calais have been increased. The implementation of these measures was carried out in collaboration with the Port of Boulogne-Calais and SNCF Réseau, and with consultation ... [+]
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German rail chief quits

Ruediger Grube , the chief executive of the German state railways, Deutsche Bahn, which owns forwarder DB Schenker as well as the UK’s largest rail freight operator, has resigned following a disagreement over the length of his contract. The state-owned company announced last year that ... [+]
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Shanghai express

Diplomats and rail industry officials gathered at DB Cargo’s terminal in Barking today (18 January) to celebrate the arrival of the first container train service from China to the UK. The train originated in Yiwu near Shanghai and made the 7,500 mile journey to East ... [+]
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All aboard for Barking

China Rail operated its first through freight service to the UK on 3 January when the first in what is billed as a weekly service departed Yiwu, in eastern Zhejiang province. The intermodal train was expected to take two weeks to cover the 12,000 mile ... [+]