Monday, August 4, 2014

Freight Rail Review Covers Intermodal Cargo Growth and Road Haulage Comparisons

Recommended Reading for Industry Stakeholders and Interested Parties
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UK – Although rail accounts for only a small proportion of the freight carried throughout the country, around 7%, the recently published Rail Delivery Group’s Freight Group report ‘Keeping the lights on and the traffic moving’ highlighted that each year rail freight moves goods worth more than £30 billion and provides economic benefits of more than £1.5 billion whilst avoiding the need for 7.6 million HGV road haulage movements.

Now Network Rail has published the Control Period 4 (CP4) Freight Review, which looks back at the progress made in delivering for the freight sector during CP4, from April 2009 to March 2014. The review takes a very upbeat view of how things have progressed under privatisation and the continuing work with the freight operators (DB Schenker, Freightliner, GB Railfreight, Direct Rail Services, Colas and others) as the next phase, CP5, develops.

This is a crucial time for the development of general cargo carriage by rail with intermodal now representing the biggest commodity on the tracks but struggling in the last year of CP4 as its very tight competitive position against road adversely affected some marginal flows.

For anyone seeking to take a rapid overall review of the current state of freight by rail in Britain this review makes recommended reading. The review will be published on the Freight section of the Network Rail site shortly as a .pdf document and a snapshot of the proposed development for cargo throughout CP5 can be seen here.