Press releases

Campaigners attack ‘broken promises’ on Highland Main Line rail upgrade

Campaigners attack ‘broken promises’ on Highland Main Line rail upgrade

RFG has joined transport campaigners in criticising the Scottish Government for failing to deliver on a promise made 10 years ago by the then First Minister to slash train journey times from Inverness to Edinburgh and Glasgow.  To mark the 10th anniversary of the public commitment to cut 35 minutes from the average journey time […]

Welcome for new rail customs proposals

Welcome for new rail customs proposals

Rail Freight Group has welcomed the proposal to create new Railway Customs Areas at rail freight terminals, in a move that would avoid the need for a single border checkpoint after Brexit. The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) made the announcement saying the proposals come in response to growing concerns over the likely congestion and disruption […]

Rail freight sector marks Tony Berkeley’s retirement with locomotive named in his honour

Rail freight sector marks Tony Berkeley’s retirement with locomotive named in his honour

Rail Freight Group (RFG) members and invited special guests came together yesterday (27 June) to celebrate the career and huge contribution of Tony Berkeley, who retires later this year after two decades as RFG chairman.   RFG member GB Railfreight (GBRf) organized a special locomotive naming ceremony and marked the occasion with a special train, […]

RFG comment on ORR’s Draft Determination of Network Rail

RFG comment on ORR’s Draft Determination of Network Rail

Commenting on the Office of Rail and Road’s (ORR) Draft Determination of Network Rail, Maggie Simpson, RFG’s Executive Director, said: “We are pleased that the Office of Rail and Road have listened to the significant concerns of rail freight customers and operators, and propose to limit the increase in freight charges over the next control […]

Rail freight benefits confirmed by new report

Rail freight benefits confirmed by new report

Rail freight delivers benefits worth over £1.7bn per year to the UK economy according to a new report published today (7 June 2018) by Rail Delivery Group.  The benefits, which arise through productivity gains to freight customers and environmental gains to society, are distributed across the country with the North of England, Midlands and Scotland […]

RFG calls for certainty on future digital freight funding

RFG calls for certainty on future digital freight funding

Rail Freight Group (RFG) today welcomed the launch of Network Rail’s Digital Railway Strategy, which aims to ensure that all new trains and signalling are digital or digital-ready from 2019 onwards. It cautioned however that without certainty of future funding freight risks being left behind in this revolution, delaying delivery of benefits across the whole […]

Government promises action to promote port rail links

Government promises action to promote port rail links

Rail Freight Group (RFG) today (24 April 2018) welcomed the publication of Government’s ‘Transport Infrastructure for our global future- A Study of England’s Port Connectivity’.  The document, developed in close consultation with the port and freight industries, sets out  a strategy for raising the profile of ports and their inland connections, and for developing the […]

RFG sets out freight needs for West Coast Partnership

RFG sets out freight needs for West Coast Partnership

As Government starts the competition for the new West Coast Partnership, Rail Freight Group (RFG) has today (28 March 2018) set out the key requirements for rail freight in a new position paper for stakeholders and bidders.  The West Coast Main Line is a vital route for freight, with around 90,000 freight trains running each […]

RFG press comment: Future of diesel

RFG press comment: Future of diesel

Commenting on today’s Government plans to replace all diesel trains by 2040, Maggie Simpson, RFG Executive Director, said: “Rail freight is acknowledged for its superior environmental performance and the Rail Minister is right to challenge the industry on how that can be further improved. Yet whilst battery and hydrogen may show promise for lightweight passenger […]