Ambitious target needed to drive freight growth

The UK’s Rail Freight Group (RFG) has today called for an ambitious target to be set for Great British Railways (GBR) to drive rail freight growth.

Responding to the Call for Evidence from the GBR Transition Team, RFG highlighted the potential for freight growth, and the need for GBR to work with the private sector freight operators and customers to bring more goods to rail.

The UK government has committed to setting a freight growth target on GBR as a key part of its governance.  In its consultation, GBR Transition Team has sought evidence to support the target, as well as seeking views on how the target should be described. 

Phil Smart, RFG Assistant Policy Manager, said: “Our members want to move more of their supply chains onto rail and that will need the right partnership between GBR and the private sector.  An ambitious growth target will help drive the right behaviours and build confidence in the sector.  We look forward to seeing more details of the target from Government in response to this consultation.”

The RFG’s response to the Call for Evidence can be downloaded here.