Freight News, Rail

FTA praise for Scots rail plan

[ March 23, 2016   //   ]

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has applauded the Scottish Government’s rail freight strategy, published on 22 March.
The plan, launched by transport minister, Derek Mackay, aims to help the sector tap into new and growing markets.  FTA’s head of policy for Scotland ,Chris MacRae , explained: “Volumes have fallen with the demise of coal traffic and loss of steel.  The biggest opportunity is intermodal traffic – both deep sea container export goods and domestic Anglo-Scottish traffic.”
In its ‘Agenda for More’ document, the Association outlined the need for the rail industry to address the challenges of its own costs and competitiveness with other modes of transport if it is to grow or retain volumes in these markets.
 The essential need and role of rail freight will be discussed in full as part of the FTA workshop programme at the 2016 Multimodal event held at the NEC, Birmingham from 10-12 May.