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Who uses the railway?

Mon 17th June @ 19:30 - 22:30

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Physical meeting at Shenfield Parish Hall

Phil’s presentation will begin by describing the Rail Freight Group, it’s role and membership, and remind everyone that we all use the railway in our daily lives by virtue of the homes we live in, the energy we consume and the products we buy as consumers.

It will expand to cover the features of an ideal railway network for freight and considers some of the challenges that lie ahead. What will ‘rail reform’ look like from a freight perspective? What investments are needed to meet the growth target? What does the rail freight industry need to do to contribute to a decarbonised supply chain and what can be done in the field of innovation to improve efficiency and safety?

Phil joined the Rail Freight Group in April 2021, having spent 16 years with Essex County Council’s education service and prior to that in the fertilizer industry.

His passion for transport policy developed through his 39 years as an elected member with Ipswich Borough Council where he drew up the proposal for the Ipswich Freight Chord for the local plan and helped to initiate the East West Rail Consortium of local councils in the 1990s.

Since joining RFG as the Assistant Policy manager in April 2021, Phil has been working with Sub National Transport Bodies in helping them develop their transport strategies and priorities for investment as well as preparing policy responses on behalf of RGF members. He has written articles on Rail Freight for magazines including Modern Railways and the Scotsman. He also works with sub-national transport bodies as well as with Network Rail’s route investment teams.

He is a member of the Railfuture campaign group.


Mon 17th June
19:30 - 22:30


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Phil Smart - Assistant Policy Manager, Rail Freight Group


ESX Shenfield
Shenfield Parish Hall, 60 Hutton Road
Shenfield, CM15 8LB United Kingdom
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