RFG was pleased to respond to the call for evidence on the review of the freight grants schemes, the Mode Shift Revenue Support (MSRS) and the Waterborne Freight Grant (WFG).
There can be no doubt that MSRS is a hugely successful scheme. As outlined in the call for evidence, the scheme is removing around 900,000 lorry trips each year from the nation’s roads, reducing road congestion and removing almost 40,000 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere. The scheme has a high BCR, delivering significant benefits for Government, and is well liked by the industry overall. Having a support scheme of this nature also helps build confidence with potential new customers, encouraging them onto rail and helping to grow the sector in line with the recently published growth target.