Leading UK rail companies combine to form Buckland Rail

Buckland Rail, a new leading integrated rail services company, has been launched by W.H. Davis, Davis Wagon Services, and Yellow Rail. It replaces W.H. Davis (Holdings) Limited. The new company will leverage the collective strengths of its subsidiaries by fostering closer collaboration to increase its capabilities and service offerings to passenger and freight customers. It […]

Rail Minister visits Merehead Rail Sidings and Torr Quarry

Rail Minister visits Merehead Rail Sidings and Torr Quarry

Tour showcases VTG’s iWagon technology and advancing rail freight collaboration The collaboration between rail freight companies VTG Rail UK, Mendip Rail, and Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) took centre stage as Rail Minister Huw Merriman visited Merehead Rail Sidings and Torr Quarry in Somerset. The highlight of the tour (on Thursday May 16) was the presentation […]

Maritime Transport signs agreement for Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange

Maritime Transport signs agreement for Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange

As part of an exclusive Agreement, Maritime Transport will develop, lease, and operate Tritax Symmetry’s planned £750 million Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (‘SRFI’) at Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange (‘HNRFI’). Maritime Transport, the UK’s leading integrated road and rail freight logistics provider, will develop a 40-acre SRFI, which will be capable of handling 16 trains […]

DRS takes delivery of 25 new JNA-Z box wagons from VTG Rail UK

DRS takes delivery of 25 new JNA-Z box wagons from VTG Rail UK

A fleet of 25 new JNA-Z box wagons from VTG Rail UK will soon enter traffic for Direct Rail Services (DRS). The wagons were built by WH Davis at its Shirebrook facility and will be operated by Nuclear Transport Solutions’ (NTS) rail division DRS. VTG Rail UK Sales Manager Archie Lucas said: “We had the […]

Impact Report highlights importance of the Railway Benefit Fund (RBF) Impact report cover

Impact Report highlights importance of the Railway Benefit Fund (RBF)

“The railway family needs us more than ever” is the key take away from the RBFs Impact report for 2023. Demand for Railway Benefit Fund (RBF) services has nearly tripled in the past five years. More than 500 applications were received in 2023 resulting in more than 1,000 railway people receiving direct financial support and […]

Logistics industry partners with local college to build a virtual reality port A group of people in orange vests and hard hats

Logistics industry partners with local college to build a virtual reality port

AV Dawson, owner and operator of Port of Middlesbrough, has worked with a local college to create its port in 3D virtual reality to enable prospective customers across the world to view its facilities. Students at The Northern School of Art, which is based in Middlesbrough, took part in the competition to develop 3D designs […]

RFG News – April 2024 – Issue 165

RFG News – April 2024 – Issue 165

The April/May 2024 issue of RFG News, the Rail Freight Group’s regular newsletter, has now been published. Download your copy here In this issue, we lead with the news that Russell Group has acquired Freightliner’s Coatbridge terminal and at the same time created a new trading entity, Russell RailRoad Limited. The first loco fitted for […]

RFG Press Comment on Labour Party’s Plan to Fix Britain’s Railway

RFG Press Comment on Labour Party’s Plan to Fix Britain’s Railway

RFG welcomed the Labour Party’s commitment to rail freight growth set out in its document ‘Getting Britain Moving: Labour’s Plan to Fix Britain’s Railways’ published today (25 April 2024). Maggie Simpson, RFG Director General, said: “We are pleased that the Labour Party has highlighted the huge economic potential of rail freight and is committed to […]

Freightliner sells Coatbridge terminal to John G Russell

Freightliner sells Coatbridge terminal to John G Russell

On 13 April 2024, Freightliner, confirmed that ownership of the Coatbridge terminal has been taken over by Russell Railroad Limited, a subsidiary of John G Russell, effective immediately. Following a strategic review of the Freightliner Coatbridge terminal, it was recognised that the Coatbridge facility would be better served under new ownership. Freightliner rail services remain […]

DP World achieves 66% increase in freight moving from road to rail at its Southampton Hub

DP World achieves 66% increase in freight moving from road to rail at its Southampton Hub

DP World has achieved a significant increase in the share of freight being transported by rail from its Southampton logistics hub. The Modal Shift Programme trial, introduced last September, is designed to increase the attractiveness of intermodal rail for customers through carefully considered financial incentives. From September to February the share of freight units being […]