Rail Freight Upgrade Will be Transformative for Northern Ports

Rail Freight Group (RFG) has welcomed news that the North Transpennine route is to be upgraded to allow containers to be moved by rail.  The plans were confirmed in the Integrated Rail Plan, published yesterday by the Department for Transport.  It states that ‘gauge clearance’, allowing shipping containers to move on rail wagons, will be […]

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Press Comment on Use of Electric Traction in Rail Freight

Rail freight is acknowledged as a low carbon transport mode, emitting 76% less carbon dioxide than road freight even with use of diesel locomotives.  Rail freight operators are committed to further decarbonisation, and measures to increase sustainability. However, the current significant increase in the wholesale cost of electricity for haulage means that some operators have […]

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Tarmac named RFG’s Business of the Year 2021

Tarmac has been named as Business of the Year at the annual Rail Freight Group Awards, which were held on 9 September at the De Vere Latimer Hotel near Chesham in Buckinghamshire. The judges admitted that Tarmac, which supplies construction materials, is not the most obvious choice to win a rail freight award as it […]

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RFG Awards 2021 shortlist announced

The Rail Freight Group is delighted to announce the shortlisted companies for its RFG Awards 2021. Across the eight award categories, the shortlisted entrants are: 3Squared ABP Cemex DB Cargo Direct Rail Services Fishbone Solutions Forth Ports Group Frazer Nash & University of Hull Freightliner GB Railfreight (GBRf) Maritime Transport Mendip Rail Network Rail PD Ports […]

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RFG comment on Government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan

Commenting on the publication of the Government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan, Maggie Simpson OBE, RFG Director General, said: “This Plan sets out a clear vision for the decarbonisation of freight transport and recognizes the vital role that rail has to play in reducing carbon emissions.  We welcome Government’s commitment to setting a target for rail freight […]

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Phil Smart joins Rail Freight Group as Assistant Policy Manager

Rail Freight Group (RFG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Smart as its new Assistant Policy Manager. He will work closely with Director-General Maggie Simpson and play a key role in RFG’s engagement with both regional and national government. He will also help support the group’s members in disseminating complex transport strategy amid […]

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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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