Monday, December 15, 2014

Rail Freight Group Lunch Hears Multimodal Contest Continues

Road Haulage Still the Target to Aim for as Government Invests in Infrastructure
Shipping News Feature

UK – The annual Rail Freight Group (RFG) Christmas Lunch is considered by many in the multimodal community as one of the highlights of the year and, with almost 800 guests attending from RFG member companies and their invited guests last week, the 2014 event was no exception. Not only did those attending manage to raise £5,500 for Shelter, the RFG’s ongoing chosen Christmas charity, but they were able to hear Mark Carne, CEO of Network Rail, give a strong statement of support for the rail freight industry.

Carne pointed out that some 11,000 people would be working on to upgrade lines and carry out vital works over the Christmas period in a £200 million pound investment. He went on to say that road remained a key competitor to rail freight noting the £15 billion which is earmarked by the Treasury for 80 new road projects by 2021. He said:

“It is an exciting time for our industry and we’re seeing huge growth across the sector. We are currently investing £240m in improving freight over the CP5 period and we are really committed to improving freight routes and freight traffic. It’s just such an indispensable part of Britain’s economy and a vital component in supporting economy recovery. [Christmas working] is investing in the railway today that is about making our railway better for the future, improving the railways and making a better freight railway for a better Britain.”

Photo: Courtesy of Network Rail