Rail Freight Group responds to RMT ballot result

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) has been the UK’s leading rail freight trade association since its formation in 1990. It has more than 120 corporate members active in all sectors of rail freight from ports, terminal operators, customers, through to operators and suppliers.

Yesterday, transport workers, members of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, voted in favour of what they said would be the biggest rail strike in Britain for decades, amid concern the action could lead to food shortages. In response, Maggie Simpson OBE, Director General, Rail Freight Group, said: “Any strike action risks severe disruption to the economy if key freight services cannot run. We urge Government, Network Rail and the Unions to act swiftly to find a solution to this damaging dispute.

“Consumers and businesses across the UK rely on rail freight to deliver their daily needs, whether retail products to shops, building materials to construction sites, fuel to power stations or moving domestic waste for processing.

“Our members have been working hard with Network Rail for several weeks to develop contingency arrangements.  However, even with these plans in place, it will be impossible to run all freight services and there could still be significant disruption.”