Freight policy

Railfuture by its very nature promotes the use of rail as a cost effective and environmentally sound means of freight transport. We press for specific policies as follows:

  1. Promoting the maximum use of rail (and where appropriate water transport) for bulk and long-distance freight transit to reduce reliance on HGVs.
  2. Championing alternative, sustainable approaches to freight traffic movement, not only for bulk and long-distance but also where appropriate over intermediate and short distances and for “less than trainload” traffics (including mail and express parcels).
  3. Promoting modal transfer of unit loads from road haulage on to rail, inter-modal and rail and water, for bulky or non-perishable goods.
  4. Gathering and spreading information on combined distribution process and innovative supply-chain logistics that offers significant reduction in lorry miles.
  5. Lobbying for changes to the town planning process so that new industrial and warehousing developments are located where rail access can be provided, and existing barriers to the development of new rail freight interchanges are removed.
  6. Working to ensure that all primary railway routes with significant freight volumes or growth potential are maintained fit-for-purpose and that secondary and feeder lines meet a definable maintenance standard, to allow for future flexibility and development.
  7. Advocating improved network capacity, resilience, capability and access to the system 24/7, at a reasonable cost.
  8. Recommending that incremental output, small-scale and route modernisation improvement programmes are developed, with minimal disruption to the freight operating companies.
  9. Endorsing public funding grant mechanisms which provide for track access and capital works programmes.
  10. Highlighting to bodies such as enforcement agencies and local councils, safety and road maintenance issues associated with lorries and road transport generally.
  11. Lobbying for a tariff structure that maximises the use of the Channel Tunnel for rail freight.

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