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Decarbonisation and innovation at RFG Annual Scottish Conference 2021

The themes of decarbonisation and innovation were evident during this year’s RFG Scottish Conference, with all the presenters emphasizing a strong positive outlook for rail freight in the years ahead. The event was held online on 24 March. In his keynote speech, Michael Matheson, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, praised the industry’s “heroic efforts” in […]

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Official statistics show rail freight’s resilience

Rail freight grew by 2.1% in quarter 3 of 2020-12 according to official statistics issued on 4 March by Office of Rail and Road (ORR). This was driven by a growth in construction materials moved by train, up 6.1%, intermodal, up 2.3% and steel and metals which increased by 12.3%.  This was partly offset by […]

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Budget 2021 Freeports response statement

In response to the Chancellor’s statement on Freeports, RFG Director-General Maggie Simpson OBE, said: “Rail freight plays a major role in sustainable distribution to and from ports all around the UK.  Many of the new freeports announced by Government today are already significant rail users, and this announcement paves the way for all eight locations […]

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RFG News – March 2021 – Issue 146

The 146th issue of RFG News, the Rail Freight Group’s regular newsletter, has now been published. Click here to download your copy. The March 2021 issue leads with the news that Stadler and Rail Operations (UK) have signed a new deal for 30 Class 93 tri-mode locomotives. It’s an exciting development for the sector as they […]

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North West Freight challenges and potential solutions

The North West is a hugely important region for rail freight. In a recent webinar, three speakers gave us an insight into the activities and challenges of the region. Peter Walley, Strategic Rail Officer, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), discussed the authority’s Freight Routeing Study and the implications for freight growth. He explained that the […]

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RFG Awards 2021: Call for entries 

We are very pleased to launch the RFG Awards 2021, which recognise excellence in all aspects of rail freight. The period of eligibility covered by the awards is 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021, so we anticipate that there will be many examples of outstanding efforts made by members of the rail freight community […]

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The two sessions ‘dialogue with rail freight’ were organised by RSSB (Rail Safety & Standards Board) in conjunction with Rail Freight Group to help the industry look at the available research and to identify new opportunities. SESSION ONE Maggie Simpson, Director General, RFG, said ideas can come from many different places and the webinar was […]

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Rail Freight Group (RFG) was pleased to submit a formal response to the Welsh Government’s Consultation on a new transport strategy for Wales. Rail freight operates wholly in the private sector but requires appropriate infrastructure on which to operate its trains as well as sufficient network capacity and suitable terminal facilities for receiving and handling […]

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