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Event report: Annual Scottish Conference 2024

Event report: Annual Scottish Conference 2024

The RFG’s Annual Scottish Conference was held on 6 March 2024 at Leapark Hotel, 130 Bo’ness Road, Grangemouth, FK3 9BX. The event is always a high spot of our event calendar, and this year was no exception.  Scotland is incredibly important for rail freight, with huge potential for growth so the conference is a great […]

Event report: Annual Scottish Conference 2023 Annual Scottish Conference

Event report: Annual Scottish Conference 2023

The Scottish Government’s decision to set targets for rail freight growth has helped change behaviours and mindsets, says Bill Reeve, Director of Rail, Transport Scotland. He told delegates to the annual RFG Scotland Conference on 29 March 2023 that the Government and private sector working closely together was helping drive innovation and that there were […]

Martin Bignell joins Rail Freight Group as Scottish and Northern Representative RFG logo

Martin Bignell joins Rail Freight Group as Scottish and Northern Representative

Rail Freight Group (RFG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Bignell as its new Scottish and Northern Representative. Martin will play a key role in developing the RFG’s strategy for the regions, working with RFG members, key stakeholders and regional bodies across Scotland and the North of England. He has a background in […]

Decarbonisation and innovation at RFG Annual Scottish Conference 2021 RFG logo

Decarbonisation and innovation at RFG Annual Scottish Conference 2021

The themes of decarbonisation and innovation were evident during this year’s RFG Scottish Conference, with all the presenters emphasizing a strong positive outlook for rail freight in the years ahead. The event was held online on 24 March. In his keynote speech, Michael Matheson, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, praised the industry’s “heroic efforts” in […]

RFG welcomes Scotland’s Rail Services Decarbonisation Action Plan

RFG welcomes Scotland’s Rail Services Decarbonisation Action Plan

Transport for Scotland has published its Rail Services Decarbonisation Action Plan. The plan focuses on decarbonising transport through modal shift to rail, and decarbonising rail traction energy through the removal of diesel passenger trains from the Scottish network by 2035. Transport for Scotland will seek to maximise all opportunities for modal shift to rail from […]

Annual Scottish Conference meeting report

Annual Scottish Conference meeting report

The annual RFG Scottish Conference, held in March in North Berwick, examined rail freight developments in Scotland, including challenges and opportunities.  Our Scotland representative, David Spaven, gave an update on RFG’s activities in Scotland and emphasised the importance of land as a resource for new terminals.  He  explained how the Land Strategy sub-group has reviewed […]

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 […]