Policy

Rail Freight Group (RFG) has today (22 November 2018) published a position paper ‘Rail Freight Outcomes in Rail Review’ that sets out the key freight asks of the Williams Rail Review, announced by Government last month. Rail freight delivers economic and environmental benefits worth £1.7bn to the UK each year and is forecast to grow […]

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Rail Freight Group (RFG) has welcomed the opportunity to respond formally to the consultation regarding the Executive’s proposed 30-year Rail Investment Strategy. Recognising that the Strategy is predominantly focussed on passenger travel, (as evidenced by its title), RFG nevertheless welcomes the many positive references to freight traffic, and to the need to accommodate the growth […]

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Rail Freight Group (RFG) is pleased to respond to the consultations listed below as part of the draft determination for CP6. Variable Usage Charge Consultation FNPO and System Operator Draft Settlement Documents Draft Determination – England and Wales Summary Draft Determination – Scotland Summary Enhancements in Control Period 6 Review of Network Rail’s Licence This […]

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Rail Freight Group (RFG) was pleased to respond to the consultation on the Cross Country Passenger Rail Franchise. We recognise that DfT has made good progress in recent consultations to ensure that the needs of rail freight are more fully included in the planning of new franchise specifications. This is welcome, and our members are […]

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RFG has published two draft position papers on the Transpennine Upgrade. Choice of Diggle as Route for Future Freight Traffic There are several routes over the north Pennines of which that via Stalybridge and Huddersfield (‘the Diggle route’) is the one chosen by government for significant upgrade. In deciding how to route future heavy and […]

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Rail Freight Group (RFG) was pleased to submit evidence to the ‘Transport Committee’s Inquiry into Freight and Brexit’. There can be no doubt that Brexit is a very significant event for all in the freight sector, with ongoing political uncertainty in many key policy areas.  Within our membership some companies are concerned at the potential […]

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Rail Freight Group (RFG) was pleased to respond to the consultation on the National Planning Policy Framework in May. Planning policy is a significant matter for the development and growth of rail freight. Although the development of the rail network itself is covered by bespoke processes such as the Transport and Works Act, rail freight […]

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Rail Freight Group (RFG) was pleased to respond to the consultation on the Transport for the North Strategic Transport Plan. No part of this response is confidential. RFG has been pleased to work with TfN since its inception to help make the case for rail freight within the region’s transport priorities. We have been pleased […]

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Rail freight & the West Coast Main Line

The West Coast Main Line (WCML) is one of the key corridors for rail freight. It is a vital corridor that provides a link between the deep-sea ports in the South and South-East and large conurbations in the West Midlands, North West and Scotland. Trains for major retailers rely on the WCML to move everyday […]

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