There are many opportunities for the rail freight sector to be involved in the new Global Centre of Rail Excellence (GCRE) being established on the Nant Helen site in South Wales, according to Chief Executive Simon Jones. He explained at the RFG webinar ‘Rail freight in Wales” that the new site, to be fully operational […]

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Event recording – Measuring air quality at rail depots

The Rail Standards and Safety Board (RSSB) carried out a cross-industry study to understand the emissions of air pollutants at rail depots and their impact on the local air quality, and to develop best practice for the rail industry. The webinar (on 3 February 2022) hosted by the RSSB in conjunction with the RFG, laid […]

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‘Sustainability’ was a topical theme for our Autumn Members Meeting as it was held on 10 November, just as COP26 in Glasgow drew to a close. The speakers covered a wide range of topics related to sustainability, beginning with Liam Robinson, Transport Portfolio Holder for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. He explained that the […]

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It is good to see rail freight finally getting the recognition it deserves, according to Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Minister of State, Department for Transport. He was speaking to delegates at the annual Rail Freight Group Conference on 6 October in London. He said the rail network is twice as reliable as the strategic road network […]

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As the e-commerce market continues to grow, so has the demand for next-day deliveries. Coinciding with an increased focus on climate change and decarbonisation of transport modes, there is a need to deliver goods in the most environmentally friendly way. Nick Delaselle and Sam Gillert from Eversholt Rail gave a presentation explaining how their company has […]

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Dan Brown, Director of Economics, Markets and Strategy, and Catherine Williams, Deputy Director of Regulatory Strategy, took part in an RFG members-only roundtable on 20 July to discuss PR (Periodic Review) 23. This Periodic Review 2023 sets the funding and outputs for the five-year period from 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2029 (known as […]

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The second session in our Innovation series looked at data: do we generate useful data? Do we use it effectively? What are the successes of a data-driven approach? Mike Garratt of MDS Transmodal outlined how his consultancy has used its GB Freight Model to develop NR’s rail freight forecasts and to then use that model’s internal logic […]

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Event report: Where next for Rail Reform?

The recently published Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail is the start of a journey, setting out the vision and principles for reform, Charlotte Clarke, Deputy Director, Rail Reform, Department for Transport, told attendees at a RFG webinar on 23 June. There is a lot of work to do through detailed engagement with the sector to design […]

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