EQT launches bid for GB Railfreight

The Eurotunnel Group (GET) has received a binding and irrevocable offer from Swedish private equity group EQT Infrastructure, for the potential acquisition of its subsidiary, GB Railfreight (GBRf), the third largest rail freight operator in the UK.

The offer, submitted through an indirectly owned subsidiary of Hector Rail Group, Sweden, is part EQT’s strategy to create a “leading independent pan-European rail freight operator”.

TyreSafe launches dramatic video showing dangers of low tread depth

Tyre safety charity TyreSafe has launched a new 360° video that depicts the startling difference in braking distances between tyres just below the legal limit and those with full tread.

Designed to immerse viewers in the action, TyreSafe 360  builds to a climax as the test car careers through a purpose-built wall – out of control and unable to stop in time.

French military in Calais as ‘Jungle’ dismantling process begins

The Road Haulage Association has welcomed the news that the French military are now being deployed to carry out security checks on HGV trucks at the port of Calais.

Export industry experts lined up for IOE World Trade Summit 2016

Industry experts from the world of export and international trade are set to speak at the Institute of Export’s World Trade Summit in London next week.

The event, entitled ‘Commonwealth & Beyond’, brings together a powerful line-up of speakers from organisations such as UKEF, Barclays and AIG, and includes a keynote speech from Lord Marland, Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and former government Trade Envoy.  

More training needed for high-risk events, says Braemar

International marine surveying and technical consultancy Braemar has called for more training to be given in order to make vessel casualties manageable in the event of high-risk incidents.

Survey shows a majority of local residents support Heathrow expansion

Nearly three fifths of residents in the 12 constituencies nearest to Heathrow airport feel positive about the airport expansion, while less than 10% feel negative, a poll of 10,000 residents by Heathrow has revealed, and 51% support the expansion.

These results come a month after a similar poll for MPs in which 62% said they are in support of the expansion. Recent polling by ComRes has also shown that two thirds of MPs feel the expansion with strengthen the UK economy.

At least 10 million vehicles could have illegal tyres, says TyreSafe

A survey of over 340,000 tyres by TyreSafe found that more than one in four tyres is already illegal at the point of replacement and an average of 70.4% of tyres are illegal and below 2mm in tread depth.

The Department for Transport found in 2014 that problems with tyres cause more accidents resulting in casualties than any other vehicle defect, including brakes. The survey’s findings have highlighted the poor attitude towards tyre safety among UK users. 

ICE launches Infrastructure Transformation ideas hub

A new thought leadership hub has been launched by the Institution of Civil Engineers to help professionals collaborate on some important trends that are transforming how infrastructure is designed, built and operated.

Accessible for free, the Information Transformation features expert blogs, project case studies, events, videos and other online content. It focuses on four key issues that could transform the infrastructure industry in the next decade:

Kent transport plan will deliver for freight industry, says FTA

A new transport plan, published by Kent County Council, will have a direct benefit for freight according to the FTA.

The KCC has outlined 10 priorities in its local transport plan, which highlights key infrastructure developments across the country.

The priorities include:

GSF annual report focuses on challenging past year

The Global Shipper Forum’s annual report has highlighted key industry issues, which include the challenges of new container weighing rules, formulating plans for reducing maritime emissions and extending influence over key UN agencies. 

During the past 12 months, GSF has worked in partnership with the World Shipping Council (WSC), TT Club of insurers and the International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association (ICHCA) to give advice and assist with implementation of the new container weighing rules.