RFG was pleased to provide information to the GBRTT’s call for evidence on rail freight growth targets. There is significant potential for growing rail freight in the UK, driven by increasing customer demand. This demand is being created by a variety of factors including:
- Pressure to reduce carbon emissions and use more environmentally friendly modes (including in response to shareholder expectations and legal requirements).
- Cost, in particular where costs of alternative modes have increased post-Brexit
- Supply chain changes and the need for increased resilience which is leading business to diversify their supply chains including the use of alternative modes.
- Changing distribution patterns to make better use of scarce HGV driver resources and, in future, battery-powered HGVs to serve rail terminals.