This week in RailFreight Live

This week in RailFreight Live, we discuss the penalties on operating noisy trains in Germany. We talk about the UK’s Autumn Spending Review and the place of rail in this. And, we broadcast part a short documentary on the growing role of Ukraine as a transit country.

RailFreight Live is the weekly broadcast of in which the latest news is discussed with experts from the industry. It is broadcasted at 1pm CET on our YouTube Channel, which will also be available on the website of during the broadcast. It can be found on the Youtube Channel any time afterwards under videos.

In this week’s show

  • Germany will not penalise noisy railway undertakings for another year. The ban on loud freight wagons on the German rail network will apply from 17 December. However, due to the corona period the transition to silent wagons has in many cases been delayed. Hence, sanctions on the use of these wagons will only be implemented a year later. We talk with Hans-Willem Vroon from interest group RailGood about this news.
  • In the UK the Autumn Spending Review was announced. Despite the worst ever economic figures in UK history, it was cause for optimism in the rail freight industry. Max Sugarman from the Railway Industry Association (RIA), the national trade body for the rail supply community, will comment.
  • Economically wounded by sociopolitical unrest, Ukraine is currently trying to find its way back in the markets. The transportation sector is one of the objectives that it is trying to improve mainly with a focus on rail freight. Timofey Murakhovsky from the Ukrainian Railways shared some of the struggles and possibilities of the Ukrainian rail sector during the European Silk Road Summit 2020. In this week’s broadcast we reveal parts of this interview.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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