Investment will provide much-needed boost to rail freight, says FTA

Monday 13 May 2019

Reacting to the announcement that the Scottish Government has allocated £25 million to strengthen rail freight, Margaret Simpson, Head of Policy for Scotland & Northern England at FTA, commented:

“As the organisation representing the interests of the logistics sector, FTA is thrilled the Government has allocated £25 million to strengthen rail freight in Scotland; if used wisely, the funding will unlock new capacity and capabilities, providing a much-needed boost to the country’s rail infrastructure. We also pleased the Government has chosen to work closely with esteemed industry partners; a promising sign that the investment will be spent where it is needed most. FTA is calling on both the Government and the industry partners to recognise how different sectors, for example bulk freight, could benefit from the funding to make rail a more available option of businesses of varying shapes and sizes.

“While FTA supports the Government’s ambition to increase rail use, it is important it realises that rail is not the most appropriate mode for all. Road will undoubtably remain the prominent mode of freight transport, but where it possible, the use of rail should be encouraged to help to reduce road congestion and emissions.”

Efficient logistics is vital to keep Britain trading, directly having an impact on more than seven million people employed in the making, selling and moving of goods.  With Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc.  A champion and challenger, FTA speaks to Government with one voice on behalf of the whole sector, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers.  

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