Policy

Rail Freight Group (RFG) is pleased to respond to the UK Government consultation on the 2025 UK Border Strategy. Rail freight is an important part supply chains for imported and exported goods to and from the UK.  At least half of all rail freight is to or from a port, and direct trains through the […]

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Rail Freight Group (RFG) is pleased to respond to the consultation on the Network Rail ITTS. Overall, we support measures to modernise the systems and processes associated with timetabling. It is clear that a modernised approach could deliver significant benefits for the industry, including better performing and productive timetables, greater efficiency and benefits in staff […]

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At Budget 2020, the Government announced that it will remove the entitlement to use red diesel from April 2022, except in agriculture (as well as forestry, horticulture and pisciculture), rail and for non-commercial heating (including domestic heating). The precise definition of what constitutes a rail vehicle will be included in the legislation covering the tax […]

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RFG was pleased to respond to the Government’s consultation on Freeports.  As an organisation, we do not hold specific views on Freeports policy overall.  However, any move to create Freeports can be supported by the use of rail freight, and our members are keen to ensure that rail freight is a fundamental consideration of any […]

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Rail Freight Group (RFG) is pleased to respond to the National Infrastructure Commission’s call for evidence on rail needs in the Midlands and the North. The NIC have previously studied the freight transport sector, and we provided input to that study. The work concluded that Government should assess the amount of rail freight it wished […]

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RFG has welcomed the opportunity to comment on ‘Decarbonising Transport Setting the Challenge’ which shapes what policies will be in the 2020 Transport Decarbonisation Plan (TDP). We appreciate the positive statements made about rail freight and note that this document is a start of a process. However, we are disappointed that rail freight is not […]

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With a renewed focus on UK trade, and increasing pressure to reduce carbon emissions, there has never been a better time to support rail freight. Rail freight is fundamental to our ports, moving containerised goods, bulk materials and new cars from the quayside to inland locations. We underpin the construction sector, supplying aggregates and cement […]

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Rail Freight Group (RFG) is pleased to respond to initial consultation on the England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) outline transport strategy.  Freight transport, whether by road or by rail, takes place on a national basis, with flows of goods stretching across the country. Deliveries in one area are served by warehouses in another region and from […]

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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 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 the industry […]

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