Freight Belongs on Rail
Or as DB Cargo succinctly puts it on its website - "Everyone knows it: freight belongs on rail."
There follows a simple request:
To encourage more companies to switch from road to rail, we are asking the Government to:
- Set out in primary legislation a legally-binding target for future modal growth, thus driving greater collaboration and innovation (as we have seen with decarbonisation).
- Work with the rail industry to incentivise businesses to switch their goods from road to rail.
- Establish an efficient logistics sector which has hubs and terminals in the right places, with strong rail connectivity to help avoid a road-led recovery.
- Commit to investing in the infrastructure required to decarbonise rail freight including a long-term programme of electrifying the railways.
- Ensure that the future industry structure supports rail freight growth and unlock continued third-party investment that will allow rail freight operators to deliver greater long-term economic and environmental benefits.
- Make the best use of capacity on the network, using a benefits-led assessment that considers the relative value of different capacity choices and which maximises the opportunities for getting more freight on each train.
- Upgrade Britain's infrastructure to make it fit for the digital age, which can allow both freight and passenger trains to run more efficiently.
DB Cargo is talking to the UK Government but naturally we would direct this even more strongly to the Scottish Government which is already on board with electrification but not with capacity.