RFG has welcomed the opportunity to comment on ‘Decarbonising Transport Setting the Challenge’ which shapes what policies will be in the 2020 Transport Decarbonisation Plan (TDP). We appreciate the positive statements made about rail freight and note that this document is a start of a process.
However, we are disappointed that rail freight is not mentioned within any of the strategic priorities for the TDP. This risks rail freight’s proven role in decarbonisation not being fully utilised. To avoid this, we urge the Government to insert rail freight in the ‘movement of goods’ strategic priority and to ensure that rail freight is represented on the new Net Zero Transport Council.