RMT Ballot Announcement response

Responding to the RMT Ballot Announcement released yesterday (24 May 2022), Maggie Simpson OBE, Director General, Rail Freight Group, said: “Any strike action risks severe disruption to the economy if key freight services cannot run. We urge Government, Network Rail and the Unions to act swiftly to find a solution to this damaging dispute. “Consumers […]

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Rail Freight: Fit for the Future

The Rail Freight Group has announced ‘Rail Freight: Fit for the Future’ a forward-thinking documentary series, focused on three key pillars of growth, sustainability, and innovation. It will be produced by Zinc Media Group and released in partnership with the Freight Industry Times in the Autumn. Shot throughout the UK, ‘Rail Freight: Fit for the Future’ […]

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RFG Awards 2022: Call for entries

We are very pleased to launch the RFG Awards 2022, which recognise excellence in all aspects of rail freight. 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. Download an entry form […]

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Building better with rail freight needs Government backing

Greening the construction supply chain in the West Midlands using lower-carbon rail freight requires Government backing to unlock significant untapped potential. That’s according to a new report from the users and operators of rail transport who have joined forces to call on the Government for help to ensure the post-Covid recovery is more sustainable through […]

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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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