Freight News, Rail

GBRf calls for ‘evangelist’ to preach freight gospel

[ May 18, 2021   //   ]

GB Railfreight has called for a ‘Freight Evangelist’ to be appointed to steer the sector’s future growth following the Covid crisis.

It says that the new position, which will oversee all rail freight operations, is expected to be unveiled with the publication of the long-awaited Rail White Paper this week, in what looks set to be the biggest shake-up of the UK’s railways since privatisation in the 1990s.

GB Railfreight is calling for the new appointee to sign up to its Freight Manifesto, a five-point plan that includes: putting freight on an equal footing with passenger services; decarbonisation; a fair and reliable access regime; freight-specific investment in electrification and other critical infrastructure and; an integrated national perspective but with devolved powers to the regions.