Government promises action to promote port rail links

Rail Freight Group (RFG) today (24 April 2018) welcomed the publication of Government’s ‘Transport Infrastructure for our global future- A Study of England’s Port Connectivity’.  The document, developed in close consultation with the port and freight industries, sets out  a strategy for raising the profile of ports and their inland connections, and for developing the […]

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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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RFG sets out freight needs for West Coast Partnership

As Government starts the competition for the new West Coast Partnership, Rail Freight Group (RFG) has today (28 March 2018) set out the key requirements for rail freight in a new position paper for stakeholders and bidders.  The West Coast Main Line is a vital route for freight, with around 90,000 freight trains running each […]

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RFG News – February 2018 – Issue 128

The latest issue of Rail Freight Group’s (RFG) regular newsletter RFG News is now available to download. This issue we welcome the opening of Verdion’s iPort Rail terminal in Doncaster and are delighted to announce that the RFG Awards are now open for entries. All of the details on categories and entry criteria are inside […]

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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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