Event Reviews

RFG webinar Innovation part 2: Successes of the data-driven approach

The second session in our Innovation series looked at data: do we generate useful data? Do we use it effectively? What are the successes of a data-driven approach? Mike Garratt of MDS Transmodal outlined how his consultancy has used its GB Freight Model to develop NR’s rail freight forecasts and to then use that model’s internal logic […]

Event report: Where next for Rail Reform?

Event report: Where next for Rail Reform?

The recently published Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail is the start of a journey, setting out the vision and principles for reform, Charlotte Clarke, Deputy Director, Rail Reform, Department for Transport, told attendees at a RFG webinar on 23 June. There is a lot of work to do through detailed engagement with the sector to design […]

Event review – Do we need more rail-linked warehousing?

Event review – Do we need more rail-linked warehousing?

SRFIs (Strategic Rail Freight Interchanges) are a very significant success story, Peter Frost, managing director, Kilbride Group, told attendees at a recent RFG webinar. Co-locating warehousing with rail facilities is proving to be a good model for users, and for growing rail freight. Recent research shows that the level of demand for ‘big sheds’ (large […]

Cybersecurity in rail freight webinar

Cybersecurity in rail freight webinar

Cybersecurity is about much more than systems – it is not just a technology problem but about taking a holistic approach and looking at all aspects of your business, especially people. This was the theme of the RFG webinar on cybersecurity, 20 April 2021. Emma Bradford, Head of Behavioural Psychology Unit at Frazer-Nash Consultancy, explained […]

Event recording – RFG innovation series – Can operators be greener and cut costs?

Event recording – RFG innovation series – Can operators be greener and cut costs?

On 14 April, RFG held its first webinar of a series tackling innovation in rail freight. It examined new ideas for cleaning engines, more efficient timetabling and just-in-time buffer refurbishing. All contributing to the decarbonisation agenda. Click here to view the webinar on the RFG’s YouTube channel.

Decarbonisation and innovation at RFG Annual Scottish Conference 2021 RFG logo

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 […]

North West Freight challenges and potential solutions

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 […]

Digital Automated Coupling – will it transform wagons?

Digital Automated Coupling – will it transform wagons?

Event Review – 8 December 2020 The development of DAC (Digital Automated Coupling) in Europe is raising many questions, so RFG joined in a webinar with RWA (Rail Wagon Association) to discuss the opportunities and the challenges. Steve Taylor, General Manager, RWA, said the rail freight industry in the UK needs to recognise the urgency […]