FTA supports planning policy on rail freight interchanges Thu Dec 18 09:35:00 GMT 2014

"A welcome key element in this NNNPS is the recognition of the importance of Strategic Rail Freight Interchanges to delivering the growth potential of rail freight."

Chris Welsh, FTA's Director of Global and European Policy

The Freight Transport Association has said today that it is in support of the publication of the UK Government’s finalised National Networks National Policy Statement for England.

The publication follows a year-long consultation on the draft National Networks National Policy Statement (NNNPS) which sets out the needs and government policies for nationally significant infrastructure rail and road projects for England.

Chris Welsh, FTA’s Director of Global and European Policy stated:

“A welcome key element in this NNNPS is the recognition of the importance of Strategic Rail Freight Interchanges to delivering the growth potential of rail freight. This is predicated upon the Freight Market Study produced under Network Rail’s Long Term Planning Process as now established by the Office of Rail Regulation. FTA recognises this as key to achieving modal shift from road, but while we welcome the publication we also believe that this needs to focus on a customer driven agenda for improvement across the rail freight industry.”

FTA has developed a series of campaign targets as part of its ‘Agenda for More Freight by Rail’ across key customer areas of:

  • costs and competiveness
  • service availability and flexibility
  • network access
  • international services

In respect of network access, to meet the Network Rail Freight Market Study increase in rail freight FTA has calculated that this means a target growth in rail connected warehousing from a current footprint by 27 per cent year-on-year as required to deliver the growth forecasts in Network Rail’s Freight Market Study.

Mr Welsh added:

“This is hugely challenging but at least the NNNPS is a step in the right direction.”

Further information on FTA’s 'Agenda for More' rail freight campaign can be found at http://www.fta.co.uk/export/sites/fta/_galleries/downloads/rail_freight/14094_agenda_for_more_guide.pdf
 

 

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