Policy

Response to Mode Shift Revenue Support (MSRS) and the Waterborne Freight Grant (WFG) scheme

RFG was pleased to respond to the call for evidence on the review of the freight grants schemes, the Mode Shift Revenue Support (MSRS) and the Waterborne Freight Grant (WFG). There can be no doubt that MSRS is a hugely successful scheme. As outlined in the call for evidence, the scheme is removing around 900,000 […]

Meet Manchester’s material needs by rail – new report Building better with rail freight in Greater Manchester

Meet Manchester’s material needs by rail – new report

A new report setting out the economic and environmental case for more rail freight into Greater Manchester has been published by the Mineral Products Association (MPA) and the Rail Freight Group (RFG). Published this week (1 January 2024), ‘Building Better with Rail Freight in Greater Manchester’ highlights the benefits of rail freight over road haulage […]

DfT Call for Evidence on Freight and logistics and the planning system

Rail Freight Group (RFG) was pleased to respond to the DfT Call for Evidence on freight, logistics and the planning system. A functioning planning system is essential for a productive, efficient and sustainable freight and logistics system that delivers value to the UK economy and reduces carbon emissions in line with Net Zero 2050. Rail […]

Climate Change, Environment and Infrastructure Committee Consultation on review of priorities for the Sixth Senedd (2021-26)

Rail Freight Group (RFG) was pleased to respond to the Welsh Government’s Climate Change, Environment and Infrastructure Committee – contributing to its consultation on the review of its priorities for the remainder of the Sixth Senedd. In its previous submission (September 2021), and in response to the consultation on what should be the Committee’s priorities […]

The National Networks National Policy Statement: 2023 draft response

RFG has responded to the National Networks Policy Statement: 2023 draft. Since 2008, the development of SRFIs has been considerably aided by their inclusion in the Planning Act and under the NNNPS.  SRFIs represent large-scale, private-sector investments, and the NNNPS serves to facilitate a more certain process for those seeking planning consent.  Although we welcome […]

Response to DfT consultation on Minimum Service Levels for Passenger Rail

Rail Freight Group (RFG) was pleased to respond to the DfT consultation on Minimum Service Levels for Passenger Rail. Recent industrial action (May 2023) has caused significant disruption for rail freight customers and operators. Despite the good work of Network Rail to keep as many trains moving as possible, strike days saw less than 20% […]

Rail Freight and Mineral Products working together to build Britain

The rail freight of aggregates, cement and other mineral products is a national sustainability success story. Over the last five years the rail freight tonnage of these materials has increased by 21% and is now the largest user of the rail freight network in terms of tonnes carried. This ensures that construction demands are met […]

Building better with rail freight in the West Midlands

Elected officials, national and local government and planners can ensure that the post-Covid recovery is greener, more sustainable and highly efficient by supporting the growth of rail freight in the construction industry.  Rail freight produces 76% less CO2 than the equivalent road journey. One jumbo aggregates train can carry 3,600 tonnes – equivalent to 125 […]