Rail group welcomes Transpennine plans

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) has welcomed Government’s announcement that freight capacity will be improved as part of the electrification and of the Transpennine route upgrade. However, with the plan not due till December, RFG is urging it to ensure that freight enhancements to deliver capacity and gauge clearance are accelerated to ensure they can be delivered as part of the already committed scheme. Most of these enhancements have already ... [+]

New policy chief for Rail Freight Group

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) has appointed Joe O’Donnell as its new head of policy. He was previously head of policy and communications at the Heritage Alliance, representing around 130 organisations from the National Trust and English Heritage to small charities. RFG director-general, Maggie Simpson, said: His appointment will strengthen our team ... [+]

Scots government pledges £25m to get freight on to rail

The Scottish government says it has ring-fenced up to £25 million of funding to help strengthen rail freight over the next five years. Announced by Transport Secretary Michael Matheson during a visit to the Freightliner Terminal in Coatbridge on 9 May, the fund is open to rail freight industry partners, including ... [+]

Russell to head Rail Freight Group

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) has elected Russell Logistics director Ken Russell (pictured) as its new chair following the retirement of Tony Berkeley on 7 November. Ken Russell has been a long-standing supporter of the RFG, both on the board since 2015 and as a member since the start of ... [+]

Rail lobby group asks: What about the freight?

Rail Freight Group (RFG) is complaining that the remit of the Government’s new rail review, announced on 20 September, does not appear to include freight. It says that any proposals to change the structure and operations of the railways will have implications for the sector, and needs to be considered ... [+]

Rail stalwart gets 130-tonne retirement gift

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) marked the retirement of its chairman Tony Berkeley by naming a GBRf class 66 locomotive after him at London Victoria station on 27 June. RFG executive director Maggie Simpson paid tribute to his tireless work to enhance and support open access, modal shift and the ... [+]

Rail Freight Group’s Tony Berkeley to retire

Rail Freight Group chairman Tony Berkeley is to retire at the RFG annual general meeting in November. In the meantime, he will continue his work for RFG including in Brussels as a Board Member of the European Rail Freight Association and ALLRAIL. Executive Director Maggie Simpson will continue to lead ... [+]

Freight group welcomes rail plan

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) has welcomed Transport for the North’s draft Strategic Transport Plan, which sets out a blueprint for developing the network across the region for passengers and freight, including a new transpennine route between Manchester and Leeds. RFG executive director Maggie Simpson said that plans for large ... [+]

Rail Freight Group boss denounces German ‘shambles’

Rail Freight Group chairman Tony Berkeley has described German infrastructure operator DB Netz as “like rabbits caught in a car headlight” in the wake of the Radstatt disaster – in which an engineering mishap caused the closure of one of the most heavily used intermodal corridors in Europe. He says that, ... [+]

Back on the rails

Intermodal traffic had a record year on the UK’s railways growing 6% to 6.81 billion tonne-km, according to statistics released on 8 June by the Office of Rail and Road. It reflected new services and routes as well as continued pressure for longer trains. Construction traffic grew by 7% in ... [+]

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