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‘Opportunity of a Lifetime’ to Grow Freight if Rail Reform Delivers on Promise RFG logo

‘Opportunity of a Lifetime’ to Grow Freight if Rail Reform Delivers on Promise

RFG today welcomed the publication of the Williams – Shapps Plan for Rail, which offers the opportunity of a lifetime to accelerate the growth of rail freight, helping decarbonise UK freight transport and meet the needs of freight customers. Under the plans set out by Government a new organisation, Great British Railways, will be created […]

Phil Smart joins Rail Freight Group as Assistant Policy Manager Phil Smart Assistant Policy Manger RFG

Phil Smart joins Rail Freight Group as Assistant Policy Manager

Rail Freight Group (RFG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Smart as its new Assistant Policy Manager. He will work closely with Director-General Maggie Simpson and play a key role in RFG’s engagement with both regional and national government. He will also help support the group’s members in disseminating complex transport strategy amid […]

Official statistics show rail freight’s resilience

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 […]

Budget 2021 Freeports response statement RFG logo

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 […]

Decarbonisation and freight’s heroic Covid-19 effort tops agenda at RFG Conference 2020

Decarbonisation and freight’s heroic Covid-19 effort tops agenda at RFG Conference 2020

Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris MP has reaffirmed the Government’s commitment toward rail freight and outlined the crucial role it will play in helping decarbonise the UK economy. In a recorded message at the 28th Annual Rail Freight Group Conference, held online on 14 October, he laid out the Government’s vision for the future of freight […]

Franchising is Dead – Long Live Rail Freight! 

Franchising is Dead – Long Live Rail Freight! 

Rail Freight Group (RFG) have today (21 Sep 2020) called for full recognition of the rail freight sector in Government’s planned reforms for UK railways.  Department for Transport has announced fundamental changes to the structure of passenger train contracting and operations, effectively bringing rail franchising to an end.  It also signalled further changes in future […]

iPort Rail named RFG’s Business of the Year 2020

iPort Rail named RFG’s Business of the Year 2020

iPort Rail has won ‘Business of the Year’ at the Rail Freight Group’s annual excellence awards event, with judges praising its outstanding vision for the future of the rail freight sector. Nominated and chosen by the judging panel, iPort Rail had demonstrated how it achieved excellence in customer care, environmental standards and innovation. Judges said: […]

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