Rail Freight Group (RFG) today (24 April 2018) welcomed the publication of Government’s ‘Transport Infrastructure for our global future- A Study of England’s Port Connectivity’. The document, developed in close consultation with the port and freight industries, sets out a strategy for raising the profile of ports and their inland connections, and for developing the necessary road and rail transport links to ensure future success.
The study particularly recognises the role of rail freight, with 18 of the largest ports regularly using rail and significant investment by the ports and rail sector to increase the number of trains operating. The recommendations from the report will help to support the case for further investment in the rail network to provide additional capacity and capability for rail growth.
Maggie Simpson, RFG Executive Director said: “Government have recognised the vital role that ports play to the economy, and the intrinsic link between ports and rail freight. The recommendations of this study should therefore help to promote the ports sector within transport decision making, and support the need for necessary investment in inland transport links. We look forward to further confirmation from Government later this year on the available funding for upgrading critical rail links over the next five years.”