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Rail News – Early January 2024

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Even more vital goods will be transported across the UK by rail, following an ambitious target announced by Transport Secretary, Mark Harper, today (20 December 2023) to grow rail freight by at least 75%.

From delivering food to supermarkets, to transporting building materials to construction sites, rail freight is a vital part of everyday life in the UK, carrying tens of billions of pounds worth of vital goods. 

The announcement demonstrates this government’s drive to grow the rail freight industry even further and boost the considerable economic growth it delivers across the country by supporting supply chains and thousands of high-skilled jobs.

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Transport operator, FirstGroup plc, has lodged the first phase of an application to the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) for a new rail service between London and Sheffield.

FirstGroup plans to expand its open access rail operations as part of its Hull Trains business, building on its existing service between Hull and London.  Its new proposals comprise two return journeys a day from London King’s Cross, calling at Retford, Worksop, Woodhouse and Sheffield.

The company says it aims to provide a faster link between London and Sheffield than alternative services.

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