Saturday 16th Dec 2017 - Logistics Manager

Cost reduction vital for rail freight

The Freight Transport Association has called on Network Rail to cut infrastructure access costs for freight in its Strategic Business Plan.

The Office of Rail Regulation recently said that Network Rail has scope to improve efficiency by at least 30 per cent to make delivery of the plan more affordable within Government funding available. Network Rail is due to publish its updated business plan in response to the regulator’s assessment on 3 April.

FTA said this cost reduction is vital to ensuring the future of rail freight and its retaining and gaining business, retaining existing customers and attracting new customers presently not using but considering rail as a part of their logistics solutions.

The association’s rail freight policy manager Chris MacRae said: “Cost reduction in infrastructure access is absolutely vital to ensuring the future of rail freight and its gaining new business and attracting new customers presently not using but considering rail as a part of their logistics solutions – we must see Network Rail move on this.