Press releases

RFG Awards 2020 Shortlist announced

RFG Awards 2020 Shortlist announced

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) is delighted to announce the finalists for its RFG Awards 2020. Entries were received from members right across the rail freight sector including freight operators, ports, terminals, logistics companies, customers and support service providers. Judges were impressed by the consistently high quality of entries and RFG would like to thank […]

Transpennine freight must see accelerated delivery

Transpennine freight must see accelerated delivery

RFG today welcomed Government’s announcement that improved freight capacity and electrification is to be developed as part of the Transpennine Route Upgrade. With a further £589m now committed to the project, an Integrated Rail Plan will consider how freight capacity can be provided as part of the core scheme.  However, with the plan not due […]

Join us for our first-ever RFG Awards ‘Web-din-ar’

Join us for our first-ever RFG Awards ‘Web-din-ar’

An awards dinner / webinar that celebrates the outstanding achievements from right across the UK’s rail freight sector. 7pm, Thursday 10 September 2020. The Rail Freight Group is delighted to announce an exciting new addition to its annual events calendar – the industry’s first-ever online awards dinner. With the ongoing restrictions placed on events due […]

Rail Freight Handbook 2020/21 now available online

Rail Freight Handbook 2020/21 now available online

Rail Freight Group (RFG) has published the latest edition of its annual Rail Freight Handbook. An e-book digital copy is now available here. The 2020/21 issue contains all the most up-to-date company contacts and RFG members’ details from across the sector, including freight operating companies and support service providers. Classified sections are broken down into […]

Rail freight – current learnings from coronavirus for freight and next steps

Rail freight – current learnings from coronavirus for freight and next steps

On Thursday, 25 June, RFG jointly hosted a webinar with Waterfront Conferences, exploring the lessons learned from the impact of coronavirus on rail freight. The webinar brought together expert views from across the sector, examining the way forward for the sector and discussing key issues including the securing of more freight routes. Click here to listen […]

Rail freight’s role in greening the country

Rail freight’s role in greening the country

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) was delighted to join its member Addleshaw Goddard in jointly hosting a two-part webinar covering the key issues of rail freight’s role in the future of a green economy and sustainability.  In the first session, Maggie Simpson, Director-General, RFG, and Paul Hirst from Addleshaw Goddard, were joined by Henri Murison, Director, Northern […]

Transport Decarbonisation Plan risks UK slipping behind EU on decarbonising freight Rail Freight Logo

Transport Decarbonisation Plan risks UK slipping behind EU on decarbonising freight

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) is urging the Government to include a target for increasing rail freight use in the forthcoming Transport Decarbonisation Plan. Failure to do so risks rail freight’s proven role in decarbonisation not being maximised and the UK falling behind the EU, which stated in December that as ‘a matter of priority, a substantial […]

RFG and Transform Scotland call for a National Low-Carbon Freight Network

RFG and Transform Scotland call for a National Low-Carbon Freight Network

Transform Scotland and Rail Freight Group (RFG) have published a joint proposal for a ‘National Low-Carbon Freight Network’ in response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the new National Planning Framework (NPF4). Joe O’Donnell, Rail Freight Group’s Head of Policy, said: “Granting our proposed National Low-Carbon Freight Network national development status is a real opportunity […]

Rail freight steps up to deliver for nation

Rail freight steps up to deliver for nation

By launching dedicated services to transport critical supplies, running faster trains and increasing cargo capacity, rail is playing a crucial role in keeping goods moving throughout the Covid-19 outbreak, according to FTA and the Rail Freight Group (RFG). The two leading business groups are praising the role of rail in supporting the public, logistics industry and wider […]

RFG member survey reveals cautious optimism for post-coronavirus recovery

RFG member survey reveals cautious optimism for post-coronavirus recovery

A survey conducted by Rail Freight Group (RFG) of its members has highlighted the challenges facing companies across the rail freight sector but also offers hope that the recovery may not be as protracted as feared. The polling, conducted over the past two weeks, reveals significant interruption to normal operations with firms highlighting reduced demand […]