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 of September 2016, are counter-productive as they will result in more road fatalities, more congestion and pollution. Rail freight is the safer, faster and cleaner ... [+]

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 ... [+]

Government urged to make tracks for Felixstowe

Network constraints are suppressing demand for freight services, says pressure group Freight on Rail. Every rail slot which comes available out of Felixstowe port can be filled immediately, it says, pointing out that there are currently there are 23 daily rail services in and out of the port which are ... [+]

Radlett rail terminal clears another hurdle

The High Court has refused an appeal by St Albans Council against the granting of planning permission for the Radlett rail freight terminal, by Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State. Freight on Rail manager Philippa Edmunds, welcomed the decision, saying: “Radlett has become a test case because of its location ... [+]

Updated: St Albans rail terminal clears planning hurdle

Developer Helioslough has gained planning permission to build a controversial rail freight terminal on the site of the former Radlett Airfield. Planning Minister Nick Boles on behalf of Communities and Local Government Secretay Eric Pickles told St Albans MP Anne Main in a letter on 14 July that an appeal ... [+]

DIRFT 3 gets green signal

The Planning Inspectorate has given development consent for the third phase of the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT). The project includes a new rail link from the existing DIRFT to a new interchange, together with new transhipment sidings, container storage, truck reception area and parking and up to 731,000sq ... [+]

Brussels takes a fresh look at truck dimensions

The European Commission proposed new rules on truck weights and dimensions on 15 April, including allowing cross-border operation of 60-tonne vehicles. The current limit for trucks in international transport, in Directive 96/53/EC, is 18.75 metres and 40 tonnes, limits which are seen as inhibiting the use of new technology or ... [+]

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