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 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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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 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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