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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Strong freight network vital for UK economy

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) was delighted to welcome Andy McDonald MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, to its annual Christmas Lunch yesterday (13 December). Addressing more than 800 RFG members and their guests at the Royal Lancaster London Hotel, he said rail freight was critical to the overall UK logistics network but that […]

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RFG gives cautious welcome to Government Rail Strategy

Rail Freight Group (RFG) has welcomed the continued support for rail freight outlined in Government’s new rail strategy, in particular the commitment to rail freight as part of the long-term rail vision, and continued investment to develop a fit for purpose rail freight network. The document builds on the Government’s Rail Freight Strategy published last […]

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Victa Railfreight named RFG’s Business of the Year 2017

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) is delighted to announce that Victa Railfreight has won its coveted RFG Business of the Year Award. The Kent-based rail freight support service provider is one of the longest-standing members of the RFG and won the first ever Rail Freight Group award ten years ago. This year’s award was presented […]

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Scottish Ministers’ commitment to freight welcomed

Rail Freight Group (RFG) has welcomed the strong commitment to rail freight in the Scottish Ministers’ High Level Output Specification published this week. In particular, the statement requires Network Rail Scotland to take all reasonable steps to facilitate growth of 7.5% in rail freight traffic carried on the Scotland route over control period 6. The […]

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HS2 progress welcome – now for the details

Rail Freight Group (RFG) welcomed the news of continued progress on HS2 but cautioned that many details must be resolved before rail freight can truly benefit from the project. The announcement of the main civil engineering contracts for Phase 1 is good news for train operators and suppliers where rail freight has been included as […]

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