FFG - an opportunity that shouldn't be scotch missed

Posted on: Thursday, 14 April 2011 by Mike Webb in categories Media and campaigns, Scotland, Rail

After months of activity in Scotland with politicians on all sides, there is a little light at the end of the tunnel for Scotland’s Freight Facilities Grants (FFGs) regime, judging by Scotland’s political manifestos. 

Support for FFGs

Although there is little discussion of transport in the Conservative manifesto, and little of freight from the SNP, the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties have both committed to the preservation of the Grants if elected on 5th May 2011. A new Scottish Budget will be tabled within the first 9 months of the new Parliament, and it is encouraging that there will be a significant bloc of MPs on all sides that recognise the importance of the Grant regime. 

Rail freight in Scotland

Scotland has led the UK for a long time on the use of rail freight, and if this is to continue it is vital that the infrastructure needed to grow rail freight, particularly at Scotland’s ports, is a viable option for port owners and freight moving companies.

The current Government wisely rowed back on its original plan to savagely cut the grants, and it is hoped that the widespread and growing acceptance of their importance will lead to the construction of a cross-party consensus that development in environmentally sound logistics is good for trade, good for the freight sector and above all good for Scotland.

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