Industry experts to discuss main rail freight issues at RFG AGM

August 13, 2012 by Peter MacLeod
Industry experts to discuss main rail freight issues at RFG AGM

The RFG AGM and Annual Policy meeting will be held on 12th September 2012, at The Oxford Centre, Oxford.

The meeting provides an opportunity to discuss some of the main issues for rail freight development over the coming year, and help shape the RFG’s policy work in these areas.

This year, with the focus very much on the Periodic Review 2013, Chris Carr who now leads DfT's Freight Team will give an update on Government's perspectives on rail freight, and the recently published High Level Output Specification. Also in attendance is Cathryn Ross, director of markets and economis at ORR who will present on the progress of the periodic review, and the crucial next steps in determining freight charges.

Network Rail has undergone significant organisational change in the last year, nowhere more so than in its approach to major projects. Ian Ballentine from Network Rail will be providing an overview of the new framework for contracting projects. Peter Anderson of Balfour Beatty will also give a contractor's perspective on the changes, and on the challenges ahead as the rail enhancement programme moves forward.

Turning to rail business, Emil Naus, head of logistics strategy at Marks and Spencer, will present on their plans for rail, and what retailers are looking for in rail freight.  Elsewhere, Francois Coarte of Europorte will present on the Carex proposal for international parcels and air freight by rail, and reflect on other areas of Europorte's business development.

Finally, John Ingram of the Transport Knowledge Transfer Network has also agreed to present on the numerous workstreams that are being progressed under this initiative, and the opportunites for rail freight.

To book for the AGM and Annual Policy Meeting, please download a booking form from the RFG website (, or contact Phillippa on

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