Logistics News 19 June

Logistics News 19 June

Forth Ports announces new direct freight link from Tilbury to Grangemouth | Dry Bulk

Forth Ports in partnership with Eddie Stobart and Direct Rail Services have announced a new weekend service linking, for the first time by rail, the ports of Tilbury and Grangemouth, Scotland’s largest port.

The new two-way rail service will commence on 28 June and has been launched on the back of customer demand to open up the rail link between the South of England with Central Scotland. The first train will leave Tilbury on a Friday via Daventry and travel overnight arriving into Grangemouth on a Saturday.

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West Coast engineering work set to cause major disruption for rail passengers over summer holidays | Lancashire Evening Post

Rail passengers are being warned to expect disruption during the summer holidays as major engineering work gets under way on the West Coast Main Line.

In just over a month’s time, a major junction on the line, which runs through Wigan, Preston and Lancaster, will close for 16 days for work as part of the £27 million Great North Rail Project.

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New Smart Tachographs Mandatory for New Road Haulage Trucks - Brexit or Not |The Handy Shipping Guide

A new EU regulation slipped quietly into place on Saturday June 15 which will have a profound effect on the country's road haulage industry. Despite a looming Brexit there is little doubt that regulation 165/2014 (updated by EU 2016/799) will remain in place whatever the outcome of the political shenanigans. Henceforth any new commercial vehicle with a mass of 3.5 tonnes or more (or a passenger carrying vehicle with more than nine seats), must be fitted with a 'smart' tachograph.

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Consultation on £1 billion A66 investment

Highways England are inviting road users to help shape the £1 billion transformation of the A66 between the M6 at Penrith and A1(M) at Scotch Corner. 

The plans being developed are to dual the remaining six single carriageway sections, totalling 18 miles of the 50-mile route. The duelling will improve journey time reliability, safety, network resilience and connectivity in the area. 

Anyone wanting to contribute to the consultation can do so by completing a response form online or by email

**Many Scottish companies will use this route regularly and may wish to comment**

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