Freight News, Rail

Rail group slams grants cut

[ February 22, 2017   //   ]

Freight on Rail Manager, Philippa Edmunds, has described a planned 21% cut in rail freight grants from the beginning of April, as likely to force freight back onto congested roads. She argued:  “These cuts, which are not aligned with the Government’s own rail freight strategy of September 2016, are counter-productive as they will result in more road fatalities, more congestion and pollution. Rail freight is the safer, faster and cleaner way to transport freight between our ports and cities; Government figures show that lorries are almost six times more likely than cars to be involved in fatal collisions on local roads.”