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Rail freight key to Northern economy regeneration, say campaigners

7 September 2016

Campaigners respond today, Wednesday 7 September, to the publication of Transport for the North’s Intermodal Freight Strategy which outlines the economic benefits to the economy of the north of England of upgrading rail freight capacity on the key east-west and north-south routes.

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager, said:

“We welcome the publication of Transport for the North’s Intermodal Freight Strategy which confirms the importance of rail freight to the North. A combination of rail freight network upgrades and changing UK freight distribution patterns, which favour the north of England, mean that industry should have the confidence to invest in new equipment and build a series of multi-modal rail freight terminals which will link to other regions.”

Key recommendations from the Strategy include: 

·     Three rail freight slots (paths) per hour in each direction across the Pennines to build an east-west freight corridor to revive the northern ports.

·    Additional capacity on West & East Coast Main Lines, including release of existing West Coast Mainline capacity for freight once HS2 is built.

·     Additional capacity between the north of England and key Southern ports, such as Felixstowe and Southampton.


For further information please contact Richard Watkins on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773 468 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  • Transport for the North’s Intermodal Freight Strategy is available here.
  • Freight on Rail is a partnership between Campaign for Better Transport, the rail freight industry and transport trade unions.
  • Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).