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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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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