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Our Sponsors

Each of the Sponsor Partner companies come from within the RFG membership and have 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 to thank all of them for their commitment to the group and ongoing support to the UK rail freight sector.

Associated British Ports

Associated British Ports

One of the UK’s leading ports group, Associated British Ports (ABP) owns and operates 21 ports in England, Scotland, and Wales, and handles approximately a quarter of the country’s seaborne trade. ABP’s 21 ports, together with the other transport-related businesses that constitute the ABP group, form a UK-wide network capable of handling every conceivable type of cargo.  ABP is backed by investment in modern facilities and equipment, and supported by experienced staff.  The group’s other activities include rail terminal operations (Hams Hall), ship’s agency, dredging (UK Dredging Ltd), and marine consultancy (ABPmer).  Each port also offers a well-established community of port service providers.

AV Dawson

AV Dawson

AV Dawson has been operating in the Teesside area for over 78 years offering a unique range of multi modal services across road, rail, land and sea. As a family owned company we offer large scale capabilities with an emphasis on customer experience and quality delivery. Our location makes us ideally placed to service the North or England and the Scottish borders with fast and effective transport. With fully rail linked warehousing and quayside as well as an extensive vehicle and plant fleet we are ideally equipped and experienced to effectively care for your products and cargo.

DB Cargo UK

DB Cargo UK

DB Cargo UK is the country’s largest rail freight operator. We operate trains which deliver everything from construction materials to build houses to finished vehicles; we transport bulk materials and containerised goods to support manufacturing and retail supply chain across the UK. We also deliver services to maintain the rail infrastructure network throughout the UK. Every day we strive to deliver reliable and sustainable services by putting our customers at the centre of all we do. We value our people; we invest in our assets and respect the planet, and we are leading the next generation of rail freight as we embrace innovation and new technologies. It’s our people, our operational expertise and customer focus which makes us first choice for rail freight in the UK

Direct Rail Services

Direct Rail Services

Direct Rail Services (DRS) is a wholly-owned subsidiary company of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). Since its formation in 1995, DRS has developed a solid business base through the provision of robust, innovative and bespoke transport services to customers within the nuclear industry. In combination with selected non-nuclear related customers who demand the highest levels of performance, DRS have established an unrivalled reputation for delivering to the most exacting standards.

2017 saw the introduction of the new dual power, Class 88 Locomotive which sets a new standard for performance, flexibility & economy on the UK network.  Building on the Class 68 which has given the rail industry unparalleled performance and reliability, the Class 88 will lead the way in locomotive technology for many years to come.

Freightliner

Freightliner

Freightliner, a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W), is an established award-winning rail freight haulier, operating across the UK, Continental Europe and the Middle East.  Offering customers a wide range of rail freight solutions to cater for the requirements of a diverse market sector, Freightliner provides a safe, reliable and cost-effective rail freight partnership. As a leading provider of intermodal and bulk freight haulage, with depots and terminals spread nationwide, Freightliner operates services across the entire UK rail network as well as offering rolling stock and infrastructure maintenance solutions.  Setting new standards of reliability, flexibility and customer service, Freightliner continues to invest in locomotive technology, wagons and terminal infrastructure to provide the quality of service that our customers expect.

Hutchison Ports

Hutchison Ports

As well as being the largest container port in the UK, handling in excess of 4 million TEU (twenty foot equivalent units) annually, the Port of Felixstowe is also the country’s largest intermodal rail freight terminal offering more intermodal rail services, to more inland destinations, than any other UK port. Sixty-six freight train movements per day are handled at the Port’s three intermodal terminals with over 1 million TEU passing through the facility in 2017. The Port of Felixstowe is part of Hutchison Ports (UK) Ltd which also includes Harwich International, one of the UK’s leading multi-purpose facilities and London Thamesport.

Loram UK

Loram UK

Loram UK Ltd specialises in engineering work on railway traction and rolling stock. We are based in Derby, at the heart of the UK rail industry, and offer modern, well equipped workshops that allow us to offer customers a full range of rolling stock engineering solutions; from train servicing through routine fleet maintenance to the heaviest of vehicle and component re-engineering projects.

The reliability of a customer’s fleet determines the effectiveness of their operation and their reputation in the market. Our reputation is dependent on how well we support our customers and their fleets. We take pride in our positive working relationship with fleet owners and their engineering teams, so whilst many of our competitors will talk of project to specification, on time and on budget, we actually deliver!

Malcolm Rail

Malcolm Rail

An integral part of Malcolm Logistics, Malcolm Rail offers daily round trip Anglo-Scottish services between DIRFT, Mossend and Grangemouth. Our three terminals offer secure loaded and empty container storage. Our road and rail services offer totally integrated supply chain solutions including over five million sq ft of warehousing which is largely bonded and rail connected.

Maritime Transport

Maritime Transport

Maritime Transport is here to support and streamline your supply chain. Approach us to help you with your challenges, with years of experience and one of the largest and most diverse operations in the UK we are confident there is no problem we cannot solve – however large or small.

–     24/7 operations from key locations

–     Connected to every major UK Port

–     Guaranteed vehicle resource at every UK rail hub through our fleet of 1,500 vehicles

–     Over 13,000 TEU of empty and loaded storage across the UK

As a privately-owned business we are able to quickly adapt and invest in new opportunities.

PD Ports

PD Ports

PD Ports is one of the UK’s major port groups with a reputation for excellence gained from decades of experience and a highly skilled workforce. With headquarters in the north of England, PD Ports operates from locations across the UK. Teesport, owned and operated by PD Ports, has rail connections to Felixstowe and Scotland calling at its onsite intermodal rail terminal.

Rail Freight Services

Rail Freight Services

Rail Freight Services operates at multiple sites across the UK & Europe, the business provides specialist materials handling and logistics services offering customers a seamless and fully integrated transportation and handling service for bulk or containerised products from source to delivery point. The Business operates an extensive fleet of specialist handling equipment including, bespoke designed materials handlers specified for rail & port operations, reach stackers for container handling at intermodal terminals, along with a fleet of associated equipment that enables Rail Freight Services to offer its customers a “Total Service Solution” for their handling and logistics requirements.

Ricardo Rail

Ricardo Rail

Ricardo Rail is a global consultancy providing technical expertise, assurance and specialist engineering services to help clients navigate the rail industry’s operational, commercial and regulatory demands.

With capabilities in all disciplines, from rolling stock, signalling and telecommunications, to energy efficiency, safety management and operational planning, we support clients across every aspect of the global industry.

And whether providing strategic counsel in the boardroom or implementing new safety-critical technologies with frontline teams, our commitment remains the same: expertise that is informed and impartial; responses that are as pragmatic as they are impactful; and innovations that enhance rail’s reputation as a safe, reliable and sustainable mode of transport.

Touax Rail

Touax Rail

Touax Rail Ltd is the second largest lessor of intermodal railcars in Europe, which currently manages a varied range of more than 10 500 wagons/platforms, such as intermodal, car- and coil – carrying, sliding wall wagons, hopper and powder railcars for transporting heavy goods.

Victa Railfreight

Victa Railfreight

Victa Railfreight provides a wide range of operational & logistics services to rail freight operators, customers and suppliers. We hold a UK wide Freight Train Operators Licence specifically aimed at achieving efficiencies and providing new business opportunities in collaboration with other freight operating companies.

VTG Rail UK Ltd

VTG Rail UK Ltd

VTG Rail UK Ltd is an award-winning organisation, pioneering innovative design, leading research and the development of industry standards for rail ­freight rolling stock. As part of VTG AG, Europe’s leading wagon hire and rail logistics company, it has substantial experience and resources underpinning its UK operations.

VTG’s UK fleet of around 2,800 wagons comprises a bulk sector for dry and solid products, a tank sector for petroleum and chemical products and an intermodal sector covering a comprehensive range of container platforms. VTG Group’s acquisition of Swiss based European wagon hire company AAE has increased the intermodal sector of the UK fleet by around 700 platforms.

New wagons are added regularly as part of a continuous replenishment process, being chosen to meet emerging market demands, as well as specific customer requirements. Fleet highlights include VTG’s ground breaking Ecofret wagon, which has changed the economic rules of intermodal traffic by virtually eliminating costly wasted space as well as our aluminium bodied cement and petroleum wagons giving a payload advantage of 5 tonnes compared to steel alternatives. VTG also pioneered the large-scale movement of biomass by rail, and can now supply “re-purposed” coal wagons, in an optimised form to carry aggregates.

As well as supplying purpose built or modified vehicles to meet customer requirements under flexible leasing arrangements, VTG is also an accredited “Entity in Charge of Maintenance”, and acts as both Keeper and ECM for all of the wagons in its fleet, ensuring full regulatory compliance. With additional offerings including purchase and leaseback, and a bespoke wagon management package for private wagon owners, VTG remains your number one choice.