Seven MEPs in East Anglia and the Midlands are urging the European Commission to reconsider its decision to refuse funding for a railfreight upgrade in the region. The Commission has declined to support a scheme to increase capacity for freight trains between Felixstowe and the West Midlands, but the MEPs are arguing that the rules appear to favour land frontiers, which puts Britain at a disadvantage. Writing in Railnews, GB Railfreight managing director John Smith has warned that capacity upgrades in the region for railfreight are 'vital'.
New track maintenance vehicles are being introduced by Network Rail which may mean that tracks running parallel to lines occupied for engineering work may be able to stay open for traffic. The first of the new 'moving maintenance trains', due in service this week, will make work on the track 'quicker, safer and more efficient as well as less disruptive for passengers and freight', Network Rail said. Eight of the German-built vehicles will be based at various depots around the country.
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