The RFG Awards are the leading industry awards for the UK's rail freight sector.

The Awards offer an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the amazing successes achieved every day by our members. Their teams work across the country to keep Britain's freight flowing in the most environmentally friendly way possible, taking goods off the congested road network and helping to ensure the rail freight industry continues to develop and thrive.

The RFG Awards 2024 are now closed for entries

Booking a table

If you wish to book a table at the awards dinner on Thursday, 5 September and/or donate a prize to the raffle, please contact Phillippa O’Shea, Administration Manager, at

The dinner takes place at Shendish Manor, London Rd, Hemel Hempstead HP3 0AA


Award categories

  • Driving Rail Freight Growth
  • Sustainability & Safety
  • Innovation & Talent
  • Rail Freight Project of the Year
  • Outstanding Individual Contribution
  • Young Rail Freight Professional
  • Business of the Year Award (chosen by the judges from entries received in the other categories)


Driving Rail Freight Growth

RFG’s mission is to increase the volume of goods moved by rail – benefiting the environment and economy – and to help its members to grow their businesses. This category seeks to recognise those companies which have helped rail freight to grow. For instance, through enabling modal shift (from road to rail), excellent customer care, developing new products and services, and/or changes to policies, systems and processes essential for growth.

This could be achieved through overcoming physical, legal or technical barriers or developing software, infrastructure and/or equipment to improve productivity or to make new flows viable. It also includes working closely with customers and potential customers to understand their needs and demonstrating a genuine commitment to serving those needs.

This category covers both new and increased existing cargo flows, and includes those who have ensured that existing services have been sustained when threatened by short-term incidents or long-term changes.


Sustainability and Safety

The rail freight industry recognises that in order to thrive, we need to act responsibly and sustainably with respect to communities and to the environment. The safety – of our people and those working with us, as well as of the general public – is a vital component in this strategy.

We welcome submissions from companies which can demonstrate evidence of sustainable development – from cutting emissions/noise to building better relationships with local communities and promoting the benefits of rail freight. This also includes instituting new safety measures, making depots and terminals safer and more environmentally friendly, developing or trialling new fuels/ software/ ways of working to increase sustainability /safety, finding ways to attract new cargo flows to rail.


Innovation and Talent

For rail freight to thrive the industry must innovate constantly and develop the best workforce for the future.  This category recognises businesses which are investing in talent development, and/or in innovation and technology.

The judges are looking for evidence of real innovation in the range or quality of services provided to customers as well as in technical development of infrastructure, rolling stock, handling equipment, safety, software and communications systems, etc. This category also includes the launch/extension of recruitment, training and apprenticeship programmes, and programmes to improve diversity and inclusion in the sector to ensure the industry is drawing from the widest talent pool. We recognise that upskilling and recruitment are vital for the future growth of the industry.

Submissions should demonstrate that the innovation, technical development or talent programme submitted has improved, or is improving, the service quality, safety, productivity, cost-effectiveness and/or capacity of rail freight services, or otherwise contributing to the sustainability and growth of rail freight.


Rail Freight Project of the Year

This is a wide-ranging entry category. An eligible project may comprise anything from a new civil engineering maintenance programme or technique to reduce interruptions to rail freight services, new infrastructure facilities to improve network capacity and reliability, products to encourage modal shift and/or other environmental benefits or operational initiatives to increase service speeds or freight train weights / lengths.

The main criterion is that the project should make, or should directly contribute to, a significant improvement in the quality, range and or safety of services offered to freight users, as well as enhancing the market prospects for rail freight.


Outstanding Individual Contribution

The RFG would like to encourage its members to nominate a member of staff who has made an outstanding contribution to their business and the interest of rail freight. It gives the opportunity for companies to publicly recognise their staff who make a real difference within the business and/or with customers.


Young Rail Freight Professional 

This category recognises the importance to the industry of encouraging and helping to develop its newest staff, who often go unrecognised. It is open to staff under 30 years of age on 1 January 2024 who should be nominated by a manager or colleague (or customer) for providing exceptional service or a major contribution to a project or programme.

This category is also open to those who have entered the industry in the last two years (from 1 January 2022 onwards) and have made an outstanding contribution in that time. Entries submitted should contain clear examples of where the nominee has made a significant contribution to rail freight, the company and/or its customers.


Business of the Year Award

The winner of the Business of the Year award is selected by the judging panel from all entries received on the basis of the successful organisation’s all-round performance.


If you have any questions about the awards categories or the criteria please contact Yvonne Mulder, Project Manager, at or Tel: 07887 767 666.



Those entrants who have been shortlisted for an award, will be advised by the end of July 2024.



The winners and runners-up in each award category will be given an engraved trophy. Winners’ names will be publicised by RFG in its own publications and in other recognised freight and rail industry media.




Thank you to our event supporters Burges Salmon and GB Railfreight.

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