CILT - Rail Freight

Rail Freight Forum

Forum Chair: Julian Worth CMILT
Forum Secretary: Andrew Hemmings FCILT

  • The aim of the Rail Freight Forum is to provide an independent professional group offering expertise and
  • Knowledge across the full range of rail freight issues in the United Kingdom.
  • As an advocate for the use of rail freight, the Forum will support and develop innovation from its unique position in the industry.
  1. To assist individual members of the CILT in their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by giving guidance on Rail Freight and Logistics. To mentor and develop individuals interested in developing expertise in rail freight. To communicate regularly with members to improve understanding and share best practice.

  2. To help logistic companies improve business efficiency and gain environmental credibility through better understanding of the benefits of rail freight.
  3. To contribute to the promotion of the Institute by creating a centre of knowledge and expertise that is independent, professional, unbiased and non-commercial. To enable CILT to play a greater and more influential part in public policy-making.
  4. To forge links with government departments and relevant external organisations involved in rail freight. These include the Department for Transport, Office of Rail Regulation, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Government, Rail Delivery Group, Network Rail, Freight Operating Companies, Transport for London, local Enterprise Partnerships in England; local Government Associations, Institute of Rail Operators, Freight Transport Association and the Rail Freight Group.
  5. To establish links with other CILT groups, particularly the Rail and Supply Chain Professional Sectors, the Retail Logistics and Food Logistics Forums, the Public Policy Committee, the Young Professionals forum and regional groups.
  6. To develop and publish research papers and case studies, focusing on innovation and outcomes. The main focus will be on the United Kingdom plus international links to/from our shores, both European and deep sea. To include strategic developments, innovations and best practice elsewhere, in particular Europe, North America and Asia.
  7. To study the provision and location of rail freight terminals in Great Britain, to help anticipate and plan for future expansion that is economically sound, environmentally desirable and affordable in terms of both public and private sector investment

The Forum will be managed by a volunteer Committee which will choose its Chair and Secretary. The Committee will be supported by additional members of the Forum to assist with key tasks, projects, research and publicity. Committee members will actively contribute to the Forum in line with their areas of expertise. The Rail Freight Forum will pursue its objectives by working closely with all other organisations in the industry.

Below are links to the career profiles of forum committee members who are willing to share their expertise and knowledge for the purposes of:

  • Independent, professional, unbiased and non-commercial basis advice to individual members
  • Presenting their knowledge and expertise at other relevant CILT Forum events
  • Presenting their knowledge and expertise at Region events

Should you wish to make contact, please email the Institute’s Forum Co-ordinator in the first instance with a brief explanation
of your requirements.

Andrew Hemmings FCILT, Forum Secretary, Independent

Julian Worth CMILT, Director, Transworth Rail

David Turner CMILT, Director, Intermodal Operations at Freightliner

Paul Hadley CMILT, Director, Hadley Insights

Phil Proctor CMILT, Principal Engineer,    AEGIS Engineering Systems Ltd

Chris Swan, Head of Rail, Tarmac Trading Ltd

Chris Polack, Director, Bootham Newark Solutions

David Cross FCILT, D C Consultancy

Ian Brooker FCILT, Director, Polaris Consiltancy Group

Jess Lippett, Senior Regional Freight Manager, Network Rail

Rail Freight Forum Newsletters

  • Issue 1, 2020 - To view it, click here.
  • Issue 1, 2019 - To view it, click here.
  • Issue 2, October 2018 – To view it, click here.
  • Issue 1, April 2018 – To view it, click here.

Responses to Government Consultations

  • Network Rail Wales Route Study Consultation – Response submitted on 9th June 2015 – To view click here 
  • Network Rail East Midlands Route Study Consultation – Response submitted on 27th April 2015 – To view click here
  • Network Rail Wessex Route Study Consultation – Response submitted on 4th February 2015 – To view click here
  • Network Rail Anglia Route Study Consultation – Response submitted on 3rd February 2015 – To view click here
  • Network Rail South East Route – Sussex Area Route Study Consultation submitted on 13th January 2015 – To view click here
  • Network Rail Western Route Study Consultation submitted on 9th January 2015 – To view click here 

Focus Magazine Articles

  • Julian Worth Focus Article - May 2024 - View here
  • Urban Transport Group review for Labour , Julian Worth - Focus Article April 2024 - View here
  • Julian Worth interview - Focus artice Feb 2023 - View here
  • William-Shapps plan for rail - July 2021 - View here
  • "Rail freight: Where next?" - May 2021 - View here
  • Rail Freight and Air Quality - Jan 2021 - View here
  • Rail Freight Forum - February 2019 - View here
  • Transpennine Rail Upgrade Article - January 2019 - View here

Forum Presentations

  • Silk Road Special China to Europe, David Cross FCILT DC Consultancy, 03 August 2020 - To view, click here and here.
  • Fuelling the Network: Replacing Diesel and the Future of Freight Logistics, Jonathan Brown, Business Development Manager, Ricardo, January 2020 - To view, click here.
  • A Transport Strategy for the South East, Sarah Valentine, Transport Strategy Manager, Transport for the South East, November 2019 - To view, click here.
  • London Rail Strategy: TfL and Network Rail working in partnership, Scott Wilding CMILT, Principal Strategy Planner, TfL, November 2019 - To view, click here.
  • Midlands Engine Rail a million lorries off our roads, Richard Mann, Senior Rail Programme Manager, Midland Connect, Oct 2019 - To view, click here.
  • West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy and Rail Freight, Toby Rackliff FCILT, Strategic Lead, Rail Policy, West Midlands Rail Ltd, Oct 2019 - To view, click here.
  • Railway Operators, Andy Cotton, Director, BG Great Britain, Oct 2019 - To view, click here.

Multimodal 2015 Reports

  • CILT at Multimodal 2015 Seminar: Rail now keeping urgent deliveries on the move – View full details here
  • Multimodal 2015 seminars Press Coverage – View full details here


Focus Magazine Articles

  • Rail Freight and Brexit Article - November 2018 - View here
  • Today's Railway Article - November 2018 - View here
  • Rail Freight Forum - July 2018 - View here
  • Urban Logistics Article - May 2018 - View here
  • Response to ORR consultation on charges and contractual incentives article - January 2018 - View here
  • Sorry, Lord Adonis, you have got this wrong - January 2018 - View here
  • Tackling Big Data in a Railway Context - June 2016 – View here
  • Shaw Report: follow-up – May 2016 – View here
  • Rail Freight Forum Progress Report - December 2015 – View here
  • Competition in the European Rail Industry – June 2015 – View here
  • Rail Freight: a UK Success Story – June 2015 – View here
  • Rail Freight Forum Update – December 2014 – View here

Forum Presentations

  • Northern Powerhouse Rail by Tim Wood, Rail Director, Transport for the North. September 2018 - To view, click here.
  • Future of Freight: Managing Congestion by Ian Brooker, WSP - To view, click here
  • Professionalising Logistics & Supply Chain, by Judith Bentley, Professional Development Manager, CILT. July 2018. - To view, click here.
  • Rail Based Logistics by Russell Group Director Ken Russell, Monday 23rd March 2015, Lloyd’s Register, London – To view click here
  • Overview of Freight Strategy & Plans by Network Rail Freight Director Paul McMahon, Wednesday 21st January, CILT, London – To view click here 

Want to find out more?

If you would like to get involved with the CILT Rail Freight Forum or have any questions then please contact the Forum Co-ordinator.

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