Strong Government support for Strategic Rail Freight Interchanges

DB Schenker Rail UK has welcomed the joint Ministerial Statement on Strategic Rail Freight Interchanges published by the Secretary of State for Transport and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Tonnage moved by rail freight is expected to increase from 116 million tonnes per annum in 2006 to 179 million tonnes per annum by 2030.

To cater for this growth, new rail freight terminals and interchanges are required.

These terminal interchanges are recognised by the policy guidance as having a key role in supporting the delivery of Government policy objectives in the areas of:

  • Reducing road congestion
  • Lowering carbon emissions
  • Developing efficient rail freight based distribution networks
  • Supporting economic growth
  • Creating jobs.

Developing strategic interchanges where the both industry and the logistics sector needs them is the only way that the wider Government policy objectives can be met while facilitating rail freight growth.

This is why DB Schenker Rail UK strongly supports the development of new rail freight terminals at Colnbrook in Berkshire and Radlett in Hertfordshire as they are in the right location to deliver for the logistics sector whilst meeting wider Government strategic objectives.

Alain Thauvette, Chief Executive of DB Schenker Rail UK, said:

“The Government’s policy guidance on strategic rail freight interchanges is welcomed. It provides clear focus on the need, as we grow the volume of freight moved by rail, for new interchanges built in optimum locations, close to the final market.

“That minimises any subsequent movement by road. Implementing this policy will enable progress to be made on other Government policy areas including plans to reduce road congestion and carbon emissions.”

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