Government backing track

January 10, 2013

The government is pushing ahead with plans to support the rail freight sector with investment in upgrading key routes, transport minister Norman Baker told Rail Freight Group members at the group’s recent annual lunch.

Baker described the sector as being good for both the economy and the environment, pointing out that around a quarter of all containers moving inland from the nation’s ports by rail, and almost all the coal used in power generation is supplied by rail.

RFG chairman, Tony Berkeley, said: The rail freight sector has had a good year, particularly in regard to the strong growth in the intermodal sector, and has enjoyed continued investment and support. But we now urgently need the ORR to publish its conclusions on freight charges, which we hope will be the right answer for the sector.