Friday 30th Sep 2016 - Logistics Manager

FTA backs Radlett freight green light

The Freight Transport Association is voicing its support for the rail freight terminal at Radlett which was approved by Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, on the 14th.

The FTA reckons the Strategic Rail Freight Interchange at Radlett, near St Albans will be a welcome boost for rail freight and will help industry meet challenging rail freight growth targets. 

Chris Welsh, FTA’s Director – Global and European Policy, said: “FTA has long campaigned for increased rail freight development, and investment in rail connected intermodal terminals is crucial for future growth in domestic rail intermodal traffic. 

“Schemes such as this are vital in order to meet challenging rail freight growth targets and any development that will improve and expand rail freight capacity is good news.”
 
Earlier this year FTA published its Agenda for More Rail Freight which identified areas where progress is required for rail freight to fully realise its potential. 

Within the document 14 areas were identified by the UK’s main retailers and shippers for improvement, broken down into four key themes – costs and competiveness, service availability and flexibility, network access and international services.