RFG and Transform Scotland call for a National Low-Carbon Freight Network

Transform Scotland and Rail Freight Group (RFG) have published a joint proposal for a ‘National Low-Carbon Freight Network’ in response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the new National Planning Framework (NPF4). Joe O’Donnell, Rail Freight Group’s Head of Policy, said: “Granting our proposed National Low-Carbon Freight Network national development status is a real opportunity […]

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Rail freight steps up to deliver for nation

By launching dedicated services to transport critical supplies, running faster trains and increasing cargo capacity, rail is playing a crucial role in keeping goods moving throughout the Covid-19 outbreak, according to FTA and the Rail Freight Group (RFG). The two leading business groups are praising the role of rail in supporting the public, logistics industry and wider […]

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RFG member survey reveals cautious optimism for post-coronavirus recovery

A survey conducted by Rail Freight Group (RFG) of its members has highlighted the challenges facing companies across the rail freight sector but also offers hope that the recovery may not be as protracted as feared. The polling, conducted over the past two weeks, reveals significant interruption to normal operations with firms highlighting reduced demand […]

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HS2 Notice to Proceed

HS2 Notice to Proceed

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  • 15  Apr - 2020

Commenting on today’s (15 April) announcement that Department for Transport (DfT) has given approval for HS2 Ltd to issue Notice to Proceed, Maggie Simpson, RFG Director-General said: “We are delighted that Government has finally given the go-ahead to start the construction of HS2.  This decision is welcome news for many of our member businesses who […]

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Rail Freight Update on Covid-19  Current Situation and Priorities

·Rail freight staff must be classed as key workers so they can continue to deliver services for the economy · Rail network operations must be prioritized for movement of key freight trains · Financial support is needed for private sector business to enable trains to keep running and increase volumes where required.   In these unprecedented times, […]

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Coronavirus update

Coronavirus update

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  • 18  Mar - 2020

We are aware that the Covid-19 situation is highly concerning for all our members and staff. The RFG team stands ready to help support our members through this period, and we will be sending out frequent updates with relevant information as we receive it. The RFG team are working from home and can be contacted […]

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RFG Scottish Conference highlights ambition for growth

RFG’s annual Scottish Conference, held this week in Bellshill, highlighted the buoyant market for rail freight in Scotland, and the opportunities for further growth. Opening the conference, Michael Matheson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity at Scottish Government, said: “I cannot stress enough the opportunity for rail freight in the current environment”. Noting […]

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Government needs to kick-start a “rolling programme” of rail electrification, say business, passenger, freight, and community groups

Representative bodies covering businesses, passengers, freight, and community groups have today published an open letter to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, calling for him to kick-start an ambitious “rolling programme” of rail electrification, if the Government wants to deliver on its aim of decarbonising UK rail by 2040. The representative bodies, which represent thousands of businesses […]

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HS2 must deliver its promises on rail freight

Rail Freight Group (RFG) today (11 February 2020) strongly welcomed the Government announcement that HS2 is to be delivered in full, with work on Phases 1 and 2A given the green light to commence immediately and Phase 2B to be developed towards implementation. HS2 has the potential to deliver significant benefits for rail freight by […]

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RFG Awards 2020: Call for entries 

The 2020 RFG Awards are kindly sponsored by Burges Salmon LLP and GB Railfreight   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 […]

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