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EWS predicts boom in UK rail freight

Rail freight specialist EWS Network is predicting a sharp rise in the number of intermodal containers transported by rail. The creation of Yorkshire-based EWS Network, part of EWS Group, enables the logistics market to include rail as a significant part of its supply chain for the first time.

Farrall's golden Globetrotters

Chester-based Edwin C Farrall Transport is celebrating its golden anniversary by buying two Volvo FH12 6x2 Globetrotters. The distribution, storage and warehousing firm began life in 1956 with a single truck; it now runs 28 trucks out of three sites. Edwin C Farrall is a member of the Palletforce pallet network.          

Euro court ruling will affect flagging across EU

A European Court of Justice (ECJ) case turning on the right of companies to move to other EU countries where labour is cheaper could have major consequences for UK haulage. The Finnish shipping company Viking Line runs a ferry between Helsinki and the Estonian capital, Tallinn. Viking wants to re-flag the vessel in Estonia so it can employ cheaper Estonian sailors. Finnish unions oppose the move.

Syntex to demonstrate to TC it is 'legitimate'

A Felixstowe company set up only six months ago and now employing two staff with links to a firm that lost its licence is being called before the Eastern Traffic Commissioner to discover if its own licence will be withdrawn. The involvement of two Syntex staff members, Mark Fielding and Hussein Ahmed, with 3PL Solutions has sparked concern among local operators. Fielding and Ahmed were directors of 3PL Solutions around the time its licence was revoked in October 2006.

TC calls for tighter controls on O-licence applications

A Traffic Commissioner is calling for an overhaul of the O-licence application system following a licence application by a director with a criminal record and links to another director who had been disqualified indefinitely. South Eastern and Metropolitan TC Christopher Heaps (pictured) says applicants should have to prove their identity. The system has traditionally operated on trust, but he is no longer prepared to assume that applications will be completed honestly.

MAN Backs Samuelsson. Family Flowers Only.

MAN has issued a statement backing Hakan Samuelsson.The move comes in the light of reports suggesting that VW was gearing up to get rid of the Swedish CEO. "Coverage in today's press prompted the standing committee of the MAN supervisory board to reinforce their unanimous support for the position of Mr.

Can Renault Survive?

There’s a rumour doing the rounds at present that suggests that Renault SA might be considering divesting itself of its around 20 per cent stake in AB Volvo. And, where there are rumours, there tend to be denials. So what of it?

Being green not a priority for UK firms

Two thirds of the UK's transport businesses do not think being seen as a green company matters, says research by Leaseplan. Lack of government support and cost were key reasons for not adopting greener business operations in the sector.  

FTA opposes congestion charge extension

The Freight Transport Association opposes the extension to the London congestion charge for haulage operators. The charge will cover Kensington and Chelsea from February 19. Operators can use the FTA website to check whether a delivery address is inside the new zone.