December 2017

By Majorie van Leijen, Editor, Railfreight.com Only fifteen per cent of UK’s rail industry workforce is female. Furthermore, of all train drivers in the UK only six per cent is a woman. In Scotland, female train drivers represent only four per cent. This comes down to one single female driver. These statistics, based on 2015, […]

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By Dr. Allan Woodburn, Rail Freight Researcher and Consultant The British rail freight market has undergone considerable change over the last two decades. This is the result of many factors including: the establishment of an increasingly competitive operating environment, both within rail and with other transport modes; frequent changes in government intervention in rail strategy […]

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Rail Freight Group (RFG) was pleased to submit comments on the Mayor of London’s ‘A City for All Londoners’.   It made the points that a greater use of rail freight aligns with the aims of the Mayoral strategy, particularly in respect of transport, infrastructure and the environment and that rail freight is acknowledged as […]

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Rail Freight Group (RFG) is pleased to respond to the ORR’s consultation on draft guidance on Network Rail’s Strategic Business Plans (SBPs).     RFG supports the development of a strong NSO function at Network Rail, with appropriate regulation to support its delivery for customers.  Overall, we broadly agree with the approach outlined in the […]

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Rail Freight Group (RFG) is pleased to respond to the National Infrastructure Commission’s Call for Evidence on the National Infrastructure Assessment.   In responding to this call for evidence we have focussed on the cross cutting and transport questions.  Other areas of infrastructure development are however relevant for the rail freight sector – for example, […]

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Rail Freight Group was pleased to respond to the ORR’s consultation on Charges and Contractual Incentives as part of Periodic Review 2018 (PR18).   Rail freight, which operates almost exclusively in the private sector, is a key part of UK freight and logistics.  Overall, rail accounts for around 12% of surface freight transport, with significantly […]

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RFG has no comment on the majority of the topics in the consultation.  However there are some areas where there are potential impacts on the freight sector, which are covered in this response.   Overall, we recognise that the final determination must be fair, proportionate and give sufficient flexibility to enable Network Rail (NR) to […]

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Rail Freight Group (RFG) is pleased to respond to the consultation on HM Government’s Green Paper on Building Our Industrial Strategy.   The freight sector is critical in supporting industry, moving goods across the UK to consumers, delivering imported goods and providing routes to market for exports.  It therefore plays a critical role in meeting […]

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