Rail Freight Group (RFG) has named Martin Bignell as its new Scottish and Northern representative. He will play a key role in developing the RFG’s strategy for the regions, working with RFG members, key stakeholders and regional bodies across Scotland and the North of England.
Martin has a background in freight and logistics including an MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. He has previously worked for a multimodal freight operator, and in rail freight policy and development with the Strategic Rail Authority.
As a contractor for the last decade, Martin has primarily been involved in transport consultancy projects and contract bidding and mobilisation including for maritime, overnight passenger rail and active travel services, together with providing specialist freight understanding and freight stakeholder engagement to many transport strategy and research projects.
Martin said: “It’s an exciting time to be joining RFG, with the increased recognition of rail freight’s role in our supply chains since early 2020, a renewed sense of its importance to help achieve the UK’s decarbonisation commitments, and as we move into a new era for the rail industry with rail reform. Of course, rail freight customers have known this all along and growing demand is evidence of real momentum that policy and delivery need to fulfil on.”
Maggie Simpson OBE, Director General, RFG, added: “I am delighted to be welcoming Martin as our new regional representative. The potential of rail freight in Scotland and the North of England is huge and will form a crucial part of Britain’s decarbonisation debate. I know his experience and knowledge will be invaluable going forwards.”