‘A New Status for Freight’ welcomed by Rail Freight Group

Rail Freight Group (RFG) today (17 April 2019) welcomed the National Infrastructure Commission’s Freight Study final report, which has made important recommendations on the future of freight. The Commission’s report has three main conclusions, namely that surface freight can and must be decarbonised by 2050, that there must be better land use planning for freight, […]

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Urgent action needed for rail freight in no-deal Brexit

With a no-deal Brexit increasingly likely, and no agreement reached regarding basic rail connectivity through the Channel Tunnel between the UK and EU, there is a risk of severe disruption to services. As such, the Rail Freight Group (RFG) welcomes the European Commission’s proposal for contingency measures. However, at present, the European Commission’s measures focus […]

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RFG Awards 2019: 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 welcomes new Network Rail boss to its Christmas Lunch

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) was delighted to welcome Andrew Haines OBE, the new chief executive of Network Rail, as its guest of honour for its annual Christmas Lunch. Addressing around 800 RFG members and their guests at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on 12 December, he praised a dynamic and resilient sector and acknowledged rail […]

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RFG sets out tests for successful railway reform

Rail Freight Group (RFG) has today (22 November 2018) published a position paper ‘Rail Freight Outcomes in Rail Review’ that sets out the key freight asks of the Williams Rail Review, announced by Government last month. Rail freight delivers economic and environmental benefits worth £1.7bn to the UK each year and is forecast to grow […]

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RFG elects Ken Russell as new Chair

The Board of the Rail Freight Group (RFG) is pleased to announce that Ken Russell has been elected as its new Chair in succession to Tony Berkeley who formally retired at the Group’s AGM on 7 November. Ken is a director at Russell Logistics and has been a long-standing supporter of the RFG, both on […]

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Put freight growth at heart of Rail Review urges RFG

Rail Freight Group (RFG) has called on Government to ensure that freight growth is at the heart of its new rail review, announced today (20 September). The review, headed by independent chair Keith Williams, will consider all parts of the railway including increasing integration between track and train, regional partnerships and improving value for money […]

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Direct Rail Services named RFG’s business of the year 2018

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) was delighted to present Direct Rail Services (DRS) with its coveted Business of the Year Award 2018. The award was presented to managing director Debbie Francis and her team at a dinner held on 12 September at the De Vere Latimer Estate Hotel, Chesham. Each year the Business of the […]

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Welcome for new rail customs proposals

Rail Freight Group has welcomed the proposal to create new Railway Customs Areas at rail freight terminals, in a move that would avoid the need for a single border checkpoint after Brexit. The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) made the announcement saying the proposals come in response to growing concerns over the likely congestion and disruption […]

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