Freight News, Rail

Rail lobby group asks: What about the freight?

[ September 20, 2018   //   ]

Rail Freight Group (RFG) is complaining that the remit of the Government’s new rail review, announced on 20 September, does not appear to include freight. It says that any proposals to change the structure and operations of the railways will have implications for the sector, and needs to be considered at the outset. The review could though be a golden opportunity to support growth in rail logistics.

The review, headed by independent chair Keith Williams, will consider increased integration between track and train, regional partnerships and improving value for money for passengers and tax payers and is expected to take a year to complete.

RFG executive director, Maggie Simpson, said: “Across the country, our members are hungry for more rail freight, but it can be hard to deliver their expectations when there is an ever-greater focus on integrating track and passenger services. We need this review to put freight customers at the very heart of its considerations.”