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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 […]

RFG welcomes publication of Rail Freight Growth Target

RFG welcomes publication of Rail Freight Growth Target

Rail Freight Group (RFG) has today (20 December 2023) welcomed the Secretary of State’s pledge to grow rail freight by at least 75% by 2050, boosting economic growth and leading to significant environmental benefits by taking lorries off the roads, cutting emissions and congestion in the process. In a statement, Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: […]

RFG News – November 2023 – Issue 162

RFG News – November 2023 – Issue 162

The November 2023 issue of RFG News, the Rail Freight Group’s regular newsletter, has now been published. Download your copy here. Inside, we welcome our three new Board members Sabrina Meksaoui, Alex Kirk and Lee Armstrong. We would also like to sincerely thank our outgoing Board members Mike Garratt, Liam Day and Andrew Harston. In […]

Are you looking at AI yet?

Are you looking at AI yet?

Digital technology has been enabling efficiencies in the rail freight sector for years, and RFG’s own Digital Forum is providing a neutral space for RFG members to come together and discuss the opportunities and challenges from existing and emerging technologies. It is evident that within member companies, and companies more widely, there is great digital […]

Looking back at our first Cross-Member Mentoring Programme

Looking back at our first Cross-Member Mentoring Programme

The RFG launched its pilot cohort for the brand new Cross-Member Mentoring Programme in January. Some 40 mentees were matched with a mentor and 29 different organisations were represented, giving people in freight the opportunity to develop new skills and expand knowledge of the many different areas of rail freight over a 12-month period. Mentees […]

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 […]

Port receives Good Business Charter (GBC) Accreditation

Port receives Good Business Charter (GBC) Accreditation

AV Dawson, owner and operator of Port of Middlesbrough has been awarded ‘Good Business Charter’ status. The Good Business Charter (GBC) is a UK-based accreditation which encourages and recognises ethical and responsible business practices. The accreditation encompasses ten commitments and businesses must meet all of them to receive GBC status. The components include real living […]

Derailment Detector set to make a significant impact on freight train safety. Keelen Whiteley, Supply Chain Manager at Davis Wagon Services, John Hall, Managing Di-rector at Davis Wagon Services, and Josh Jordan-Boddey from Knorr-Bremse © Knorr-Bremse

Derailment Detector set to make a significant impact on freight train safety.

Knorr-Bremse Derailment Detector EDT101, fitted to Davis Wagon Service’s UK freight wagons, has been awarded runner-up in the Sustainability and Safety category at the Rail Freight Group Awards. The derailment detector recognises when a vehicle has derailed and immediately instigates an emergency brake application. The first deployment in the UK is now underway. The railways […]

Why awards and industry recognition are still so important

Why awards and industry recognition are still so important

When I told someone (in the freight industry) that Solent Stevedores had been named Business of the Year at our annual Rail Freight Group Awards, he expressed surprise. Surely a rail freight company should be the winner? When I explained that Tarmac had won the accolade a couple of years ago, he was even more […]