Rail operator reaches deal with unions

DB Cargo UK says it has reached agreement with its four trade union partners - ASLEF, RMT, TSSA and Unite – on a restructuring plan announced last October to cut 893 jobs, or almost a third of its workforce. Working arrangements of employees will also be updated and modernised, the rail freight operator added. DB Cargo has had to grapple with a rapid decline in one of its core markets, coal, ... [+]

Strong start for Davies Turner’s China rail link

Davies Turner says it has had a good response to its weekly less-than-containerload rail service from Wuhan and Hefei to the UK. The service, which uses a road connection from Duisburg, was introduced three months ago in conjunction with the forwarder’s Chinese partner, Air Sea ... [+]

‘Orient Express’ is set to run and run

The China Rail Express service, first operated on a trial basis in January, could develop into a regular fortnightly operation, according to a spokesman for DP World London Gateway. At a ceremony on 10 April to mark the first return service from the UK back to ... [+]

Good week for FBJ at Multimodal

As usual FBJ enjoyed Multimodal at the NEC last week. It was great to see so many happy readers, on our stand and at the bar! After its 10th Anniversary year Multimodal remains the only truly complete meeting place for the logistics industry. We produced a daily ... [+]

‘Orient Express’ set to return

A re-run of the China Rail train service between China and and the UK is set to place  – this time in the return direction from the UK.The return train back to China will depart DP World London Gateway's rail terminal on 10 April. China Railway ... [+]

New venture promises better train connections

The logistics arm of the French railways (SNCF) and Marseille –based digital sea freight solutions company Traxens are forming a partnership to promote a new generation of ‘digital’ freight trains in 2017. They will help improve the performance and appeal of rail in the freight ... [+]

UPS goes all stations to China

UPS has added four more Chinese stations and two in Europe to its China/Europe rail service. Service is now available to and from Changsha, Chongqing, Suzhou and Wuhan Stations, along with the existing stations of Zhengzhou and Chengdu – while in Europe, Duisburg, Germany and ... [+]

New LCL rail service between China and Europe

Kuehne + Nagel has launched a new rail service for less-than-containerload (LCL) consignments between China and Europe. The KN Eurasia Express will be aimed particularly at customers in automotive, high-tech, and fashion. A direct rail link will operate between Wuhan in China to Hamburg in ... [+]

Rail group slams grants cut

Freight on Rail Manager, Philippa Edmunds, has described a planned 21% cut in rail freight grants from the beginning of April, as likely to force freight back onto congested roads. She argued:  "These cuts, which are not aligned with the Government's own rail freight strategy ... [+]

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 ... [+]