RFG press comment: Future of diesel

Commenting on today’s Government plans to replace all diesel trains by 2040, Maggie Simpson, RFG Executive Director, said: “Rail freight is acknowledged for its superior environmental performance and the Rail Minister is right to challenge the industry on how that can be further improved. Yet whilst battery and hydrogen may show promise for lightweight passenger […]

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RFG Awards 2018: Call for entries

The prestigious RFG Awards, which recognise excellence in all aspects of rail freight, are now open for entries. We would encourage all our members to use this opportunity to take the chance to acknowledge the outstanding work done by your teams up and down the country, each and every day. Winners will be presented with […]

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RFG Chairman Tony Berkeley announces autumn retirement

RFG Chairman Tony Berkeley has announced his intention to retire as Chairman at the RFG Annual General Meeting in November. The Board of Directors, who met last week, will now consider the role of the Chair going forward and the basis of the appointment of a replacement for Tony. In the meantime, Tony will continue […]

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RFG welcomes new Strategic Transport Plan for the North

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) has welcomed Transport for the North’s draft Strategic Transport Plan, which sets out a blueprint for developing the rail network across the region for passengers and freight. Commenting, Maggie Simpson RFG Executive Director said: “Transport for the North have recognised that businesses in the north of England want to use […]

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RFG’s Sponsor Partners 2018

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) is delighted to announce its Sponsor Partners for 2018. Each of the Sponsor Partner companies comes from within the RFG membership and has chosen to provide additional support for the Group’s activities and events throughout the year. Together they represent a wide range of key stakeholders and RFG would like […]

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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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RFG News – December 2017 – Issue 127

The latest issue of the Rail Freight Group’s regular newsletter RFG News, is now available to download. Issue 127 is the final edition of 2017 and leads with the Port of Felixstowe’s fantastic achievement handling some 1m TEU by rail through the year, the first time it has sent so much intermodal traffic by rail.  […]

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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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RFG gives cautious welcome to Government Rail Strategy

Rail Freight Group (RFG) has welcomed the continued support for rail freight outlined in Government’s new rail strategy, in particular the commitment to rail freight as part of the long-term rail vision, and continued investment to develop a fit for purpose rail freight network. The document builds on the Government’s Rail Freight Strategy published last […]

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