RFG comment on ORR’s Draft Determination of Network Rail

Commenting on the Office of Rail and Road’s (ORR) Draft Determination of Network Rail, Maggie Simpson, RFG’s Executive Director, said: “We are pleased that the Office of Rail and Road have listened to the significant concerns of rail freight customers and operators, and propose to limit the increase in freight charges over the next control […]

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Rail freight benefits confirmed by new report

Rail freight delivers benefits worth over £1.7bn per year to the UK economy according to a new report published today (7 June 2018) by Rail Delivery Group.  The benefits, which arise through productivity gains to freight customers and environmental gains to society, are distributed across the country with the North of England, Midlands and Scotland […]

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RFG News – May 2018 – Issue 129

The latest issue of the Rail Freight Group’s regular newsletter RFG News has now been published and is available to download. We lead the May 2018 issue with Peel Ports’ announcement that it has launched a new intermodal rail freight service between Liverpool and Scotland, involving a new partnership with DB Cargo. Inside you will […]

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RFG calls for certainty on future digital freight funding

Rail Freight Group (RFG) today welcomed the launch of Network Rail’s Digital Railway Strategy, which aims to ensure that all new trains and signalling are digital or digital-ready from 2019 onwards. It cautioned however that without certainty of future funding freight risks being left behind in this revolution, delaying delivery of benefits across the whole […]

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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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