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Rail Freight Strategy welcomed

13 September 2016

Campaign group, Freight on Rail, welcomed the publication of the Government’s Rail Freight Strategy today, which will inform both local and devolved Government rail freight policy for the next 20 years.

In particular the group welcomed the recognition within the Strategy of:

  • Rail Freight’s key role in offering the long-haul service to terminals and urban consolidation centres for transfer to low emissions road vehicles for the final mile delivery
  • The importance of upgrading key sections of the rail network to cater for suppressed freight demand – currently every rail slot out of Felixstowe port which becomes free is immediately filled.

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager said: “I’m pleased to see the Government’s Rail Freight Strategy puts rail freight centre stage in the drive to reduce road congestion and road crashes, and meet the UK’s climate change targets. There are huge economic, social and environmental benefits to rail freight and, with a clear Government policy framework now in place, industry should have the confidence to continue investing and innovating. The fact that a single freight train can carry enough materials to build 30 houses shows its importance to the construction industry for instance.”

ENDS

For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. The Rail Freight Strategy is available on the Department for Transport (DfT) website. DfT commissioned research on rail freight growth potential and modal shift is available from www.arup.com/railfreightmarket.
  2. Rail freight brings around £1.6 billion productivity gains to UK plc.
  3. Rail freight produces 76 per cent less carbon dioxide emissions than the equivalent HGV journey.
  4. An average freight train can remove 70 HGVs from the roads
  5. 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).