New UK government urged to prioritise rail freight

The British Rail Freight Group has set out its priorities for the new government and called on all party leaders to include rail freight as part of their transport commitments. With a renewed focus on UK trade, and increasing pressure to reduce carbon emissions, supporting rail freight should be a key part of future transport policy, the industry organisation stated.

According to Rail Freight Group (RFG), the industry in the UK is already delivering benefits in excess of 1.7 billion pounds each year. With the right interventions, rail freight could create 75-90 billion pounds in benefits over the coming decade. To accomplish this, the RFG asks the new government to commit to five key actions for supporting rail freight.

5 actions

According to the RFG, the government should put freight customers at the heart of the national rail network, provide capacity for long-term growth, provide support for rail decarbonisation, recognise the importance of rail terminals in the planning framework and encourage new markets and opportunities for rail freight.

Maggie Simpson, Director General of the RFG, said: “Rail freight is delivering for businesses across the country, and with trade patterns changing on the doorstep of Brexit and a focus on sustainability our customers are pushing for further growth. The new government has an opportunity to unlock significant benefits through their support for our sector and our plan sets out five priorities areas which should be addressed. We look forward to working with them to take this forward.”

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of RailFreight.com, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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