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Published: 10 September 2009      

Manifesto for rail UK freight growth

The UK Rail Freight Group and the Rail Freight Operators Association have launched a manifesto for rail freight growth

The policy document is directed at the political parties who may form a government after the next general election, which must be held no later than May 2010.

According to the RFG, the manifestro "explains how, with the right political support, rail freight can improve UK competitiveness and reduce UK carbon emissions." It calls on the political parties to: 

  • Protect the current structure of the railway to give confidence to private sector investors, 
  • Support the Strategic Freight Network and create capacity and capability for rail freight growth
  • Encourage an ever more efficient rail industry which is open for business 24/7 - Provide an efficient planning framework for rail freight terminals - Sustain the current environmental benefit schemes
  • Ensure all modes of freight transport contribute to the external costs they cause
  • Say "no" to longer and heavier lorries (aka gigaliners or eco-combis)

RFG's Chairman Tony Berkeley said: "Rail freight has demonstrated its success by a 60% growth in business since privatisation, encouraged by governments. "However, in this economic climate where rail freight is the only part of the railway not controlled by government, it is essential that all parties commit to give the political support necessary for rail freight to grow."

Supporting statements were also issued by DB Schenker Rail (UK) Ltd and Freightliner Ltd.



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