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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RFG drives forward policy agenda with new appointment

Rail Freight Group (RFG) is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Head of Policy to help drive forward its work in supporting the development of the UK rail freight sector. Joe O’Donnell comes to the RFG at a time of intense activity and his support is going to add a huge resource to […]

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RFG welcomes Nick King to Christmas Lunch

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) was delighted to welcome Nick King, Group Director, Network Services, Network Rail, as its guest of honour for its Christmas Lunch 2019. He spoke in detail about the challenges the sector faces and said work was needed to move toward a much more integrated railway. Addressing 780 RFG members and […]

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RFG Sets out Election Priorities for Rail Freight

Rail Freight Group (RFG) has today set out its priorities for the new Government and called on all Party leaders to include rail freight as part of their transport commitments. With a renewed focus on UK trade, and increasing pressure to reduce carbon emissions, supporting rail freight should be a key part of future transport […]

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What level of ambition is achievable and worthwhile for rail freight?

An ambitious growth strategy for rail freight could generate between £75-90bn in environmental and economic benefits over the coming decade, according to a new report published today (23 September) by Rail Freight Group.  The study, undertaken by Stephen Joseph Associates highlights how a new approach from national and local Governments, along with continued investment from […]

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PD Ports named RFG’s Business of the Year 2019

PD Ports has won the Business of the Year Award at the Rail Freight Group’s annual excellence awards, with the judges praising its outstanding commitment to its customers and to the wider local community in the North East. Network Rail won the Project of the Year category for its enhancement work on the Felixstowe to […]

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UIRR and RFG Agree New Collaboration to Promote Combined Transport

The International Union for Road – Rail Combined Transport (UIRR) and the Rail Freight Group (RFG) today (28 June) announced a new collaboration to further promote the growth of road-rail combined transport.  The organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will enable them to work more closely together on areas of common interest, and […]

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RFG welcomes Committee report on HS2

HS2 is an important project for the UK railway, and the freight sector continues to support its development.  However, the Rail Freight Group (RFG) remains concerned that existing freight services on the West Coast Main Line may be adversely affected in future, once HS2 services leave the high-speed network and start running on the route. […]

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