HS2 Ltd has opened a new terminal at Quainton north of Aylesbury to handle construction materials for the London – Birmingham high speed line project. An estimated 1 800 freight trains will deliver around 3 million tonnes of materials over the next three years, mainly aggregates, avoiding around 300 000 lorry movements.
LTG Cargo has started trials of a through freight service between Kaunas Intermodal Terminal and the port of Trieste, linking two existing routes that connect in Duisburg. Being developed following the signing of an MoU between Italy and Lithuania, the twice-weekly service is expected to carry semitrailers to and from Turkey, plus consignments for Italian destinations which would be handled at Cervignano.
Argentinian wagon manufacturer Primera Fábrica de Vagões has completed the delivery to Trenes Argentinos Cargas of 90 20 ft containers for grain transport under a contract valued at 270m pesos.
The first 25 of 50 JNA-X box wagons being built for Porterbrook by Greenbrier in Romania have been delivered to the UK and put on lease with GB Railfreight. The remaining 25 ordered under a deal announced in March are expected to arrive before the end of this year. Fitted with track-friendly bogies, the wagons have been designed to optimise tare weight, volume and payload within the shortest possible wagon length over buffers.
Australian Rail Track Corp has installed four new bridge beams for the 31 m Mill Stream bridge being built as part of double-tracking work on the Port Botany freight branch in Sydney. It has also completed the installation of 48 beams for the Cabramatta Creek bridge as part of the Cabramatta Loop project. Both structures are expected to be completed by early 2023.
Green Cargo CEO Ted Söderholm has announced his intention to leave the Swedish freight operator by April 2023 at the latest, in order to join a company in another business sector. Recruitment of a successor has already started.