Rail freight grants press comment

Commenting on the Sunday Times article of 19 February regarding rail freight grants, Maggie Simpson, RFG Executive Director said: “We are concerned at the potential implications of the decision to reduce the budget for rail freight grants, and have been in discussion with Department for Transport to highlight the issues.
 
“The overall need for grant support has been reducing over time as rail freight has improved its efficiency, but some routes, in particular the newer retail services still need this vital help.
 
“Government’s recently published Rail Freight Strategy sets out their support for rail freight, and reinstating the grant budget would be a welcome demonstration of their commitment.”

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