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The Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) has announced nearly £6M worth of grants to help companies transport goods by rail instead of road. Grants were made to RMC Readymix and Tarmac Southern for improvements to unloading facilities, and were awarded to freight operators Tilbury Container Services, the Potter Group and Freightliner for the construction of new handling facilities. In total it is estimated the grants will reduce the number of lorry journeys by 565,000, saving the equivalent of 199M lorry kilometres.

The Railway Civil Engineers Association will present its third annual seminar for graduates in the rail industry at One Great George Street on 14 October. It will focus on the future of graduates in the industry with the keynote address by SRA chairman Richard Bowker. For details call (020) 7665 2313.

Following a major security clamp down at the Channel Tunnel's Calais Frethun freight yard, freight operator English Welsh & Scottish Railways has won back the custom of paper maker Stora Enso. Freight was diverted to sea routes last November because of the mounting problem of illegal immigrants using the tunnel to reach the UK.

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