James Falkner

DP World achieves 66% increase in freight moving from road to rail at its Southampton Hub

DP World achieves 66% increase in freight moving from road to rail at its Southampton Hub

DP World has achieved a significant increase in the share of freight being transported by rail from its Southampton logistics hub. The Modal Shift Programme trial, introduced last September, is designed to increase the attractiveness of intermodal rail for customers through carefully considered financial incentives. From September to February the share of freight units being […]

Porterbrook appoints Andy Bagguley as Fleet Services Director

Porterbrook appoints Andy Bagguley as Fleet Services Director

Porterbrook is pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Bagguley as Fleet Services Director. He will join on 3 June from East West Rail Company. Taking responsibility for regional management teams and digital engineering services, Andy will collaborate with customers and industry partners to deliver Porterbrook’s strategic rolling stock objectives across more than 4000 passenger […]

Event report: Annual Scottish Conference 2024

Event report: Annual Scottish Conference 2024

The RFG’s Annual Scottish Conference was held on 6 March 2024 at Leapark Hotel, 130 Bo’ness Road, Grangemouth, FK3 9BX. The event is always a high spot of our event calendar, and this year was no exception.  Scotland is incredibly important for rail freight, with huge potential for growth so the conference is a great […]

Trouble behind?

Trouble behind?

By Ralph Goldney New advances in wagon monitoring will improve safety and operational efficiency. Recently, a series of derailments have been attributed to wagon faults occurring while in transit. In response to this, a new innovative range of ‘intelligent wagons’ have been developed that enable wagons to self-monitor and report in real time, enabling the […]

Atmo Technology wins SBRI: FOAK 2023 competition with innovative Smart Depot solution

Atmo Technology wins SBRI: FOAK 2023 competition with innovative Smart Depot solution

Atmo Technology Ltd, a leading software and data company specialising in solutions for the rail industry, is pleased to announce its recent success in winning the prestigious SBRI: FOAK 2023 (Small Business Research Initiative: First of a Kind 2023) competition for “Reliable and Maintainable Assets in Rail Demonstrations”. The competition is funded by Innovate UK […]

RFG News – February 2024 – Issue 164

RFG News – February 2024 – Issue 164

The February 2024 issue of RFG News, the Rail Freight Group’s regular newsletter, has now been published. Download your copy here In our first edition of 2024, we lead with GB Railfreight’s new London – iPort Doncaster intermodal service. It’s always exciting for the sector when new operations start, encouraging modal switch and new customers […]

RFG comment on Government Draft Rail Reform Bill

RFG comment on Government Draft Rail Reform Bill

Commenting on the Draft Rail Reform Bill published today (20 February 2024), RFG Director General, Maggie Simpson OBE, said: “We are pleased that Government has listened to the concerns of the rail freight sector, and has set out how the new body will be required to ‘make provisions for the carriage of goods by rail’. […]

Porterbrook takes stake in Brodie Engineering A train leaving a workshop

Porterbrook takes stake in Brodie Engineering

Today, Tuesday 20th February 2024, the UK’s leading rolling stock financier and asset management company Porterbrook has agreed a deal to take a 49% stake in Brodie Engineering. The Kilmarnock based company is the only active rail engineering business in Scotland, specialising in heavy maintenance, refurbishment and overhauls for passenger and freight vehicles. “Brodie Engineering […]

The 2024 RFG Awards are now open for entry Square Awards graphic.

The 2024 RFG Awards are now open for entry

Have you completed a major project in the last 12 months or launched new products or services that have benefitted the rail freight industry? Do you have colleagues you would like to see recognised for their outstanding work or have you made improvements that helped you win new customers or increase productivity? Well, now is […]

RFG’s Cross-Member Mentoring Programme Update RFG Mentoring update

RFG’s Cross-Member Mentoring Programme Update

In the ever-evolving landscape of the rail freight sector, knowledge transfer and professional development have become crucial components for success. The Rail Freight Group’s annual Cross-Member Mentoring Programme works to assist with that, fostering collaborative relationships and promoting the growth of talent across the sector. This year’s programme has seen an impressive response, with 39 […]

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