Press releases

RFG Chairman Tony Berkeley announces autumn retirement

RFG Chairman Tony Berkeley announces autumn retirement

RFG Chairman Tony Berkeley has announced his intention to retire as Chairman at the RFG Annual General Meeting in November. The Board of Directors, who met last week, will now consider the role of the Chair going forward and the basis of the appointment of a replacement for Tony. In the meantime, Tony will continue […]

RFG welcomes new Strategic Transport Plan for the North

RFG welcomes new Strategic Transport Plan for the North

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) has welcomed Transport for the North’s draft Strategic Transport Plan, which sets out a blueprint for developing the rail network across the region for passengers and freight. Commenting, Maggie Simpson RFG Executive Director said: “Transport for the North have recognised that businesses in the north of England want to use […]

Strong freight network vital for UK economy

Strong freight network vital for UK economy

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) was delighted to welcome Andy McDonald MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, to its annual Christmas Lunch yesterday (13 December). Addressing more than 800 RFG members and their guests at the Royal Lancaster London Hotel, he said rail freight was critical to the overall UK logistics network but that […]

RFG gives cautious welcome to Government Rail Strategy

RFG gives cautious welcome to Government Rail Strategy

Rail Freight Group (RFG) has welcomed the continued support for rail freight outlined in Government’s new rail strategy, in particular the commitment to rail freight as part of the long-term rail vision, and continued investment to develop a fit for purpose rail freight network. The document builds on the Government’s Rail Freight Strategy published last […]

Victa Railfreight named RFG’s Business of the Year 2017

Victa Railfreight named RFG’s Business of the Year 2017

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) is delighted to announce that Victa Railfreight has won its coveted RFG Business of the Year Award. The Kent-based rail freight support service provider is one of the longest-standing members of the RFG and won the first ever Rail Freight Group award ten years ago. This year’s award was presented […]

Scottish Ministers’ commitment to freight welcomed

Scottish Ministers’ commitment to freight welcomed

Rail Freight Group (RFG) has welcomed the strong commitment to rail freight in the Scottish Ministers’ High Level Output Specification published this week. In particular, the statement requires Network Rail Scotland to take all reasonable steps to facilitate growth of 7.5% in rail freight traffic carried on the Scotland route over control period 6. The […]

HS2 progress welcome – now for the details HS2

HS2 progress welcome – now for the details

Rail Freight Group (RFG) welcomed the news of continued progress on HS2 but cautioned that many details must be resolved before rail freight can truly benefit from the project. The announcement of the main civil engineering contracts for Phase 1 is good news for train operators and suppliers where rail freight has been included as […]

Construction and Intermodal rail freight reach new high Rail

Construction and Intermodal rail freight reach new high

Construction traffic moved by rail freight grew by 7% in the year to April 2017 to a record high of 4.25 billion tonne-km, according to statistics released today by Office of Rail and Road. Driven by a buoyant construction sector, growth has been supported by investment from freight customers and operators in new high volume […]

RFG welcomes rail safety training designed for the construction industry

RFG welcomes rail safety training designed for the construction industry

A new training course offering rail safety awareness training to the construction materials industry has been welcomed by Rail Freight Group.   “With increasing volumes of aggregates and other building materials being delivered to construction sites by rail, this is an excellent time to launch a training course on rail safety for those working in […]