Events

Without wagons there is no rail freight, yet it is a part of our industry which is often overlooked.  In recent years there has been significant investment in new wagons and there is potential for more as the market grows.  Yet this success story is often hidden to policy makers and the wider industry.  At […]

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RFG Spring Group Meeting 2019

Tackling the future of rail freight in the UK Digital railway, ETCS, electrification and the Williams Review were the topics under discussion at the RFG Spring Group Meeting on 1 May. We were privileged to be hosted at Siemens in Chippenham, with many of the delegates also taking the opportunity to tour the facility where […]

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Annual Scottish Conference meeting report

The annual RFG Scottish Conference, held in March in North Berwick, examined rail freight developments in Scotland, including challenges and opportunities.  Our Scotland representative, David Spaven, gave an update on RFG’s activities in Scotland and emphasised the importance of land as a resource for new terminals.  He  explained how the Land Strategy sub-group has reviewed […]

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AGM and Autumn Group Meeting: Sunderland

The RFG AGM and members meeting in Sunderland in November was a sad day for Tony Berkeley as he relinquished his role of RFG Chairman after more than 20 years. He is pleased to see the organisation in such a good state “These meetings are great for the exchange of business and ideas – and […]

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The RFG Awards dinner 2018 was another great success and a huge thank you to all our members who took the time to enter each award category. As usual, the judges had some lively discussions as they debated who should  take the top prizes and claim the runners-up slots. They were especially impressed with entries […]

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Multimodal Members meeting

The regular RFG Members Meeting held during the Multimodal exhibition (1 May 2018) focussed on two main topics: the development and upgrading of both inland and port-based rail terminals, and how new technologies can improve the efficiency, safety and environmental advantages of rail freight. The meeting, held on 1 May 2018, started with a brief […]

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26th Annual Rail Freight Group Conference review

There was a record turnout for the 26th Annual Rail Freight Group conference, organised by Waterfront, in April in London. Our Executive Director Maggie Simpson opened proceedings by suggesting that the changes coming over the next 12 months might be more significant that we appreciate today – with the start of CP6 (Control Period 6), […]

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Rail Freight Group held a Scottish breakfast meeting in March which covered a wide range of topics with a free-ranging discussion by all attendees, including RFG members and representatives from Transport Scotland, ScotRail Alliance, Transform Scotland and Caledonian Sleeper. Political environment In general, it was agreed, the policy context in Scotland is good, and that […]

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Strong freight network vital for UK economy

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) was delighted to welcome Andy McDonald MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, to its annual Christmas Lunch yesterday (13 December). Addressing more than 800 RFG members and their guests at the Royal Lancaster London Hotel, he said rail freight was critical to the overall UK logistics network but that […]

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