UK PM Theresa May pledges support for rail freight

“However, continental rail wagons and lorry trailers on trains cannot be accommodated on Britain’s historic rail network because its loading gauge is too small,” he added. “Will the Prime Minister therefore consider giving positive support to the GB freight route scheme, which will provide a large-gauge freight line linking all the nations and regions of Britain both to each other and to Europe and Asia? It would take five million lorry journeys off Britain’s roads every year.”

As traditional markets such as coal and steel continue to fall off, the strategy also highlights environmental issues and key partnerships between UK and European operators. Digital signalling advances such as ERTMS, it adds, have the potential to unlock existing constraints on capacity and enable future growth in the rail freight market.

Author: Simon Weedy

Simon is a journalist for RailFreight.com - a dedicated online platform for all the news about the rail freight sector

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