Freightliner is Victorious at the 2023 RFG Awards

RFG Awards 2023 close up of start shaped balloon.

9th September, 2023

Freightliner wins the Innovation and Talent category and is awarded joint runner up with Tarmac, Fox group and Network Rail for Project of the Year, at the 2023 RFG awards.  

Freightliner, a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W), was awarded the Innovation and Talent category at this year’s RFG Awards.  This is in recognition for the implementation of an industry leading Terminal Gate Automation and Vehicle Booking System which recently went live, nationally, across all Freightliner and Pentalver terminals.

Freightliner operates seven inland rail terminals across the UK and four terminals through its sister brand Pentalver. Each year these terminals handle between 250,000 and 300,000 road vehicles which collect and deliver containers arriving and departing on trains.

To support the modal shift, Freightliner recognised the need for efficiency across all operational elements of the journey – which initiated the implementation of a national Terminal Gate Automation and Vehicle Booking System.

This project has allowed Freightliner to improve terminal infrastructure, creating the opportunity to run more trains, transport more containers and allow for more vehicles to be handled every day.

Both external and internal benefits have been realised from this project, including carbon and financial savings. Terminal turnaround times have been reduced by as much as 50%, which has reduced the idling time, fuel usage and labour time of a haulier visiting a Freightliner or Pentalver terminal. These reductions have in turn improved the user experience, increasing operational efficiency, cost and carbon savings throughout the user journey.

Freightliner, together with Tarmac, Fox Group and Network Rail, were also runners up in the Rail Freight Project of the Year category.

Working together with Tarmac, Fox Group and Network Rail the Leyland Rail Freight terminal was reopened and rail logistics were mobilised within 4 weeks.  The Leyland Sidings had been lying dormant for nearly 20 years, but through quick actions and teamwork, the first commercial freight service to serve the terminal for two decades, was operated, which will now be used to receive aggregate traffic from the Peak District.

This project is particularly important for the future of rail freight, as it demonstrates the flexibility and power that rail can deliver, including at urban terminals, showcasing the possibilities and decarbonisation benefits of rail against other modes of transport.

Tim Shoveller, G&W UK/Europe CEO comments, “We are very proud of these accolades and could not have achieved this without the hard work and dedication of all the people involved, including our staff and our key partner’s teams.

We pride ourselves on our customer relationships and driving forward innovative solutions for the benefit of our customers and our environment.  We look forward to continuing to deliver an unrivalled service to our customers which extends our industry leadership in safety, reliability, and sustainability”.