Freight news

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    Rail Business UK

    Flexible wagons to refresh infrastructure fleet


    UK: Swiss wagon leasing group Wascosa marked its entry into the UK freight market with an event at London Victoria station on June 28 to unveil three designs of wagon it is delivering to refresh Network Rail’s infrastructure maintenance fleet. The company is supplying 570 vehicles ...

  • SBB confirmed on November 30 that it will launch the first Twindexx double-deck EMUs in commercial service during 2018.

    Consultation starts on Swiss Bahn 2050 programme


    SWITZERLAND: The Federal Council has put forward proposals for a further long-term programme of investment in the national rail network. Enhancement of the existing network to allow more intensive use is now seen as preferable to starting more major infrastructure projects.

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    Mongolia: Gobi coal exports poised to switch to rail


    Despite significant delays caused by the pandemic and a challenging local climate, commissioning of the infrastructure for Mongolia’s Tavan Tolgoi – Gashuun Sukhait Railway is due to start next quarter. The country’s largest current railway construction project will see exports from one of the world’s largest coking coal mines transfer from road to rail.

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    Rail Business UK

    Raising-roof container designed to support switch from road to rail


    UK: A curtain-sided container with a raising roof which is designed to transport double-stacked palletised products by rail has been unveiled by Nestlé UK & Ireland. The company said the railway network’s height constraints compared to road meant rail ‘had not been a winning option for ...

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  • Operail DF7G locomotive in Estonia (Photo: Operail/Romet Liivamägi)

    COTIF uniform rules applied across Estonian network


    ESTONIA: The Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail’s CIV rules for international passenger traffic and the CIM equivalent for freight apply to the entire Estonian network with effect from June 16. Estonia acceded to the COTIF convention in January 2009, the last of the then EU ...

  • A shunting locomotive retrofitted for unattended operation to Grade of Automation 4 is being tested at the Voikkaa Business Area

    Autonomous shunting locomotive on test


    FINLAND: A shunting locomotive retrofitted for unattended operation to Grade of Automation 4 is being tested at the Voikkaa Business Area as part of a project to develop an autonomous shunter for use at freight terminals, industrial sites and ports. Steelwheel has modified the Otso 4 ...

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    Connecting the dots to make modal shift happen


    INTERNATIONAL: Freight shipment visibility specialists Everysens and Shippeo have partnered to provide their customers with improved end-to-end information on multimodal deliveries by rail, sea and road. Rail specialist Everysens will provide Shippeo with reliable and real-time data from train operators and satellite tracking, while gaining access ...

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    European policy: Capacity directive could be game-changer


    With legislation being considered to enhance capacity on Europe’s rail network, Murray Hughes asks Forum Train Europe Managing Director Edgar Schenk and Senior Project Manager Sebastián Čarek how this would improve rail’s ability to compete against road and air.

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    LTG Cargo signs Kazakh co-operation agreements


    INTERNATIONAL: The Lithuanian national railway’s freight business LTG Cargo has signed its first co-operation agreements in Kazakhstan, as part of its strategy of expanding, diversifying and developing routes between Asia and Europe which avoid Russia. A co-operation agreement with the KTZ Express intermodal subsidiary of Kazakhstan’s ...

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  • Rail Baltica Salaspils Intermodal Freight Terminal (3)

    Rail Baltica freight terminal design contract awarded


    LATVIA: A joint venture of local company BRD Projekts and Italian firm Sintagma has been awarded a contract for detailed technical design of the Salaspils intermodal terminal to be served by Rail Baltica. The terminal near Rīga will have 1 520 and ...

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    Interview: ‘Give us the infrastructure and we will invest to grow’


    UK: Despite the challenges of the pandemic, private operator GB Railfreight is investing for growth amid a strong recovery. But as CEO John Smith tells Tony Miles, more needs to be done by policymakers to ensure the company’s two decades of expansion can continue unabated.

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    Rail Business UK

    Northampton and East Midlands rail terminal agreements signed


    UK: Logistics company Maritime Transport and industrial property developer SEGRO have signed two agreements covering the operation and expansion of rail freight facilities in the Midlands.

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    GTS Rail targets Iberia


    ITALY: GTS Rail has announced a €74m order for Alstom to supply 20 Traxx DC3 locomotives, which will take its fleet to 48 locos, and has said it is looking to enter the Spanish and Portuguese freight markets. GTS Iberia has been established to develop new ...

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    Freight shippers call for rail reforms to encourage containerisation in Kazakhstan


    KAZAKHSTAN: Freight forwarders, operators and wagon owners have called for reforms to facilitate the increased use of containers for domestic and international rail freight traffic. Following a recent rail industry meeting held in Almaty, logistics group PTC Holding said containerisation is a global trend, but is ...

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    LTG Cargo Ukraine reopens to offer freight routes via Poland


    UKRAINE: The LTG Cargo Ukraine subsidiary of Lithuania’s national railway has restarted its activities, noting that there has been a significant increase in demand for the export of grain and other products from Ukraine. LTG Cargo Ukraine temporarily suspended operations in March following the Russian invasion. ...

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    EBRD financing to keep Ukrainian trains moving


    UKRAINE: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development has signed an agreement repurposing €50m of a previously-agreed infrastructure enhancement loan to provide urgent liquidity to enable national railway Ukrzaliznytsia to keep essential services running following the Russian invasion. EBRD originally agreed to lend €150m to for ...

  • Associated British Ports has awarded road and rail logistics company Maritime Transport a long-term lease to operate its Hams Hall rail freight terminal near Birmingham.
    Rail Business UK

    Maritime Transport to operate Hams Hall freight terminal


    UK: Associated British Ports has awarded road and rail logistics company Maritime Transport a long-term lease to operate its Hams Hall rail freight terminal near Birmingham. Maritime Transport will take over on July 3 this year, and the agreement is expected potentially to run for several ...