From iPort to Newhaven Port: triple-whammy for clients at Rail Freight Group Awards 2020

Yesterday’s prestigious “virtual” RFG Awards (of which we were a proud recipient in 2011) delivered three industry “gongs” for four of our clients, two of which involved projects which we’ve been heavily involved with.

iPort Rail, operators of the iPort Doncaster Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) which we helped plan and secure consent for developer Verdion, have taken a brand new terminal with no pre-existing customers and, in less than 2 years, grown the business to more than 6 trains per day – the fastest launch of a SRFI to date. No surprise therefore that Steve Freeman and his team at iPort Rail scooped the Business of the Year Award.

At the other end of the country, in what was otherwise a backwater for rail freight, Network Rail and Brett Aggregates secured the Rail Freight Project of the Year for the reinstatement of the derelict railhead on the quayside at Newhaven in East Sussex. For our part in helping the project from inception with Newhaven Port & Properties, through to working on the design with Network Rail and, in turn, assisting Bretts with design and contractor procurement, this was a well-deserved winner – on which you can find out more below in earlier posts.

Not to be outdone, client DC Rail and partner VTG also collected an award for Rail Freight Project of the Year for movement of recycled materials. Intermodality has provided support to DC Rail in the opening up of new railheads at Willesden and Leicester.

Our congratulations to all four of our clients, and thanks in turn to the RFG judges for selecting these projects.