Thursday 29th Sep 2016 - Logistics Manager

RFG demands action on Calais migrant crisis

The Rail Freight Group has called on the government to stop disruption to cross-channel rail freight services resulting from the migrant crisis in Calais, which it said is now reaching critical levels.

Executive director Maggie Simpson said: “Without immediate support and progress, serious and long-lasting damage will be caused both to the customers and operators of international rail freight.”

The RFG welcome efforts by Eurotunnel and train operators to protect rail services but said that this along was not enough.

“We urge the UK government and regulatory authorities to work with their French counterparts to implement solutions, and rigorous security, across the Calais area to prevent migrants accessing the rail infrastructure and to allow unimpeded cross-channel transits to recommence.”

According to the RFG, UK business is now being directly impacted by these events.

The RFG is a UK rail freight trade association formed in 1990, with more than 120 corporate members.