Official statistics show rail freight’s resilience

Rail freight grew by 2.1% in quarter 3 of 2020-12 according to official statistics issued on 4 March by Office of Rail and Road (ORR). This was driven by a growth in construction materials moved by train, up 6.1%, intermodal, up 2.3% and steel and metals which increased by 12.3%.  This was partly offset by […]

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Budget 2021 Freeports response statement

In response to the Chancellor’s statement on Freeports, RFG Director-General Maggie Simpson OBE, said: “Rail freight plays a major role in sustainable distribution to and from ports all around the UK.  Many of the new freeports announced by Government today are already significant rail users, and this announcement paves the way for all eight locations […]

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RFG News – March 2021 – Issue 146

The 146th issue of RFG News, the Rail Freight Group’s regular newsletter, has now been published. Click here to download your copy. The March 2021 issue leads with the news that Stadler and Rail Operations (UK) have signed a new deal for 30 Class 93 tri-mode locomotives. It’s an exciting development for the sector as they […]

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RFG Awards 2021: Call for entries 

We are very pleased to launch the RFG Awards 2021, which recognise excellence in all aspects of rail freight. The period of eligibility covered by the awards is 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021, so we anticipate that there will be many examples of outstanding efforts made by members of the rail freight community […]

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Reflections on rail freight in Scotland

By David Spaven, Principal of Deltix Transport Consulting. When you’ve spent your working life in and around the rail freight industry, it can be hard to stand back and see the bigger picture. But nine months after retiring as RFG’s Scottish Rep, I thought it was time to put pen to paper, highlighting some key […]

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RFG News – December 2020 – Issue 145

The 145th issue of RFG News, the Rail Freight Group’s regular newsletter, has now been published. Click here to download. In the December 2020 issue, the final newsletter of the year, we look back on some of the key successes from both within the RFG and the across the rail freight sector.  We lead with the […]

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On track for growth:  Express freight pioneers expand 125mph same-day delivery network

By Nick Gallop, Business Development, Intercity Freight Responding to unprecedented growth, low-carbon high-speed logistics operator has announced a major expansion of its same-day 125mph delivery network. After a decade of success with time-sensitive transport of ambient and temperature-controlled traffic, and the recent achievement of ISO9001 certification, ICRF has secured agreement from UK train operating companies […]

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RFG News – November 2020 – Issue 144

The 144th issue of RFG News, the Rail Freight Group’s regular newsletter, has now been published. Download a copy here. In the November 2020 issue, we welcome our new Chair Neil Sime and Vice-Chair Andrew Harston, for 2020/21. We also welcome four new board members, who were voted in at our recent AGM, Liam Day, Peter […]

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RFG elects Neil Sime as its new Chair

Rail Freight Group (RFG) is pleased to announce that its Board has elected Neil Sime to be its new Chair for the coming year. Neil is the Managing Director of Victa Railfreight and over the past two years has served as Vice-Chair of the RFG. Neil has been a long-standing supporter of the group and […]

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