Don’t forget the freight, says FTA

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Rail freight should not be forgotten amid all the hype about the government’s recently announced plans for high speed rail services.

Christopher Snelling, head of global supply chain policy, said: “FTA is concerned that investment in a scheme as ambitious as HS2 could damage improvement in freight services by draining resources from other areas of rail spending, in particular the Strategic Freight Network (SFN).

The FTA also wants assurances that freight paths on the West Coast Main Line north of Birmingham – a section of track crucial to rail freight movements – are protected ahead of a potential increase in passenger use.

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