July 2017

Scottish Ministers’ commitment to freight welcomed

Rail Freight Group (RFG) has welcomed the strong commitment to rail freight in the Scottish Ministers’ High Level Output Specification published this week. In particular, the statement requires Network Rail Scotland to take all reasonable steps to facilitate growth of 7.5% in rail freight traffic carried on the Scotland route over control period 6. The […]

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HS2 progress welcome – now for the details

Rail Freight Group (RFG) welcomed the news of continued progress on HS2 but cautioned that many details must be resolved before rail freight can truly benefit from the project. The announcement of the main civil engineering contracts for Phase 1 is good news for train operators and suppliers where rail freight has been included as […]

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RFG has published a new position paper on the East – West Rail link. The reopening of the link will play a vital role in supporting economic development of the Oxford-Cambridge corridor, including new housing and infrastructure.   Rail freight has a significant role to play in supporting and servicing that development, in supply of […]

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RFG Newsletter – June 2017 – Issue 124

The latest edition of RFG’s regular newsletter RFG News is now available to download. Issue 124 leads on the Office of Rail and Road’s (ORR) new figures, showing that despite the decline in coal volumes, the rail freight sector has seen strong growth in construction and intermodal traffic.    In this issue we have included […]

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For the purpose of this response, we are considering the use of red diesel for rail haulage. Some RFG members may use red diesel for other purposes and may respond in their own right. Over 90% of all rail freight is hauled by diesel locomotives, with the remainder electric. Rail freight, as with rail passenger services uses […]

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RFG Sets out Election Priorities for Rail Freight

Rail Freight Group (RFG) has set out its priorities for the new Government and called on party leaders to include rail freight as part of their transport commitments. Rail freight is a key part of UK’s freight and logistics, moving a quarter of all containerised imports from the nation’s port to consumers, delivering 40% of […]

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