Events

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 […]

Event report: 31st Annual Rail Freight Conference

Event report: 31st Annual Rail Freight Conference

The RFG’s Annual Rail Freight conference (held on 5 October 2023) was a great success attended by more than 100 guests who were welcomed to the venue by Paul Hirst, Addleshaw Goddard’s head of Transport Sector Group. Maggie Simpson opened the day by reminding everyone that, despite economic challenges, stalled rail reform, and the disappointment […]

How the revised National Policy Statement for road and rail affects you and how you can influence it

How the revised National Policy Statement for road and rail affects you and how you can influence it

On 14 March 2023 the DfT issued a revised National Policy Statement for National Networks. This document sets out the government’s statement of need for large road, rail and rail freight projects and how applications for such projects should be assessed and decided. Angus Walker, a partner at BDB Pitmans, presents what the new draft […]

Signalling principles and train planning webinar

Signalling principles and train planning webinar

On 18 May 2023, RFG hosted a webinar on signalling principles with an overview of the train planning process. Speakers included Adam Saunders, MD Reznet Rail, and Dr Nigel G Harris, MD The Railway Consultancy. This technical talk described the basics of signalling, constraints and client requirements, as well as train planning and also how […]

International Rail Freight Opportunities for Growth

International Rail Freight Opportunities for Growth

Recorded on 20 June 2023. Network Rail published ‘International Rail Freight: Opportunities for Growth’, a report that examines the history of freight traffic via the Channel Tunnel, the challenges facing the market sector and the ways in which the industry is working to address them. It suggests that the opportunities to grow volumes with new […]

Event recording – Rail loading and track access charging Webinar

Event recording – Rail loading and track access charging Webinar

On 18th April 2023, RFG was delighted to hold a webinar on rail loading and track access charging. The event provided a description of how a load is transferred to the rail, and from this the development of vehicle-specific charging regimes. It also provided an overview of how a bogie transfers loading to the rail. […]

Event report: Annual Scottish Conference 2023 Annual Scottish Conference

Event report: Annual Scottish Conference 2023

The Scottish Government’s decision to set targets for rail freight growth has helped change behaviours and mindsets, says Bill Reeve, Director of Rail, Transport Scotland. He told delegates to the annual RFG Scotland Conference on 29 March 2023 that the Government and private sector working closely together was helping drive innovation and that there were […]

Webinar: Wagon design, construction and future advances

On 7 February 2023, RFG hosted a webinar on Wagon design, construction and future advances. Joining host Ralph Goldney, MD of Railfreight Consulting, was Mechanical Engineer Mitch Town from Mitch Town Consulting and Les Bryant from Davis Wagon Services. They covered: Wagon design principles Design details Design development Wagon construction The market – size and […]