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 Your monthly digest Issue 4, May ’17


This month’s stories include:

  • How the rail freight industry will survive the end of the carbon era
  • Freight path changes in the UK
  • Two new logistics parks


Slotting in UK rail freight

The UK rail freight sector is in a period of flux. A drop in the volume of coal cargoes is forcing operators to rethink and embrace new markets. This is the reason why Network Rail has announced it is re-purposing nearly 5,000 freight ‘paths’ – the reserved slots on the railway and in the timetable.

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Distribution firm Stiller invests £280k in new ultra-safe trucks

The Newton Aycliffe family-run firm has spent £280,000 on four new vehicles which include a number of state-of-the-art safety features. The 18-tonne, 36-feet long trucks, each costing £70,000, are curtain-sided and built to the latest diesel emissions standards.

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Will rail freight survive the end of the carbon era?

Rail freight registered negative growth worldwide in 2015 and the downward trend is expected to continue through 2017 largely due to decreasing volumes of heavy goods, such as coal and petrol. How will the sector change as more people switch to renewable and localised sources of energy?

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£8.5M Sheffield land deal paves the way for new logistics park

A 48 acre plot of land in Sheffield has been bought by an international logistics business which plans to develop a major new logistics park.

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Maersk and IBM are bringing blockchain tech to the shipping industry

IBM and Maersk have just finished an end-to-end digitised supply chain pilot using blockchain technology. IBM has estimated that going entirely digital could save shipping carriers about $38 billion every year.

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Peel launches Trafford Development

A unique 200,000 sq ft Trafford Park build-to-suit development has been launched.

The site – said to be the only one in Trafford Park capable of delivering a large unit – is being promoted by Peel Logistics Property and IPIF.

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London Clean Air Scheme Acceleration Presents Major Issue for Road Freight Industry

Transport for London (TfL) is asking stakeholders to complete a survey on whether or not plans to introduce the ULEZ should be brought forward to 8 April 2019, around 17 months earlier than the currently approved date of 7 September 2020. The stated aim of this is to reduce overall exposure to air pollution and bring forward the health benefits to Londoners.

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3 Impressive Instagram Accounts to Follow

  • Ships & Seas – Images of ships, seas, and maritime life
  • Humans At Sea – Images collected by travellers at sea
  • Life Of Sailors – A collection of marine photographs

   

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