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 ... [+]

Industry welcomes port links study

Freight industry groups have welcomed a Port Connectivity study by the Government, announced on 24 April. The UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG), which represents gateways handling 75% of the country’s seaborne trade, said there would be significant value to the economy from making a step change in port connectivity and that ... [+]

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 ... [+]

Trains suffer too in Calais crisis

It's not only cross-Channel truckers who have suffered during the recent strike and stowaways crisis in the port of Calais – operators of through rail services have also been under immense pressure. In a statement issued on 23 July, the Rail Freight Group warned: “The impact on cross-channel rail freight services ... [+]

A rail winner

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) named DP World as its Business of the Year on 10 September. DP World’s work on the London Gateway Project and at Southampton's Maritime Rail Terminal were singled out by the judges and in particular, the company’s involvement in “helping move the rail freight industry forward ... [+]

Welsh freight report published

The Welsh Government's Freight Task and Finish Group has published its report on the future of the sector; Edwina Hart, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport at Welsh Government, said that she will accept its recommendations. These include developing intermodal freight networks, improving key trunk routes such as the A55 expressway ... [+]

Eurotunnel offers more bait for freight

Eurotunnel is to extend its Eurotunnel Incentive for Capacity Additions (ETICA) programme to further increase through rail freight traffic. It will be extended to five new categories of traffic - new car transport, food and drink transported in conventional full train loads, consumer goods, logistics flows, manufactured goods and permanent ... [+]

RFG appoints Maggie Simpson

The Rail Freight Group has appointed Maggie Simpson as executive director. She will be responsible for leading the strategic direction of the Group, leaving RFG chairman Tony Berkeley free to concentrate on political and European issues. [+]

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