Freightliner Welcomes the Target Set by Government to Grow Rail Freight But Claims More Can be Done
20th December, 2023
Freightliner welcomes the target set by Government today to grow rail freight by at least 75% but claims more can be done.
Freightliner, a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W), welcomes the target set by Government today to grow rail freight volumes by at least 75% by 2050, acknowledging that it is a vote of confidence in the sector. It underscores just how important rail freight is at driving down carbon emissions, supporting economic growth and delivering prosperity for all regions.
“We welcome this target set by the government today but know we can do more. We look forward to working with Government and the wider industry in unlocking the policies that will ensure that the target is a floor and not a ceiling. Setting the target is the easy part, it is now crucial that we maintain the momentum by establishing a clear policy framework that will support the private sector investments that will be key for growth and to secure the significant modal shift to rail.”
A 75% minimum increase of rail freight volumes by 2050 will mean over 12 million Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) journeys are removed from our busy motorways each year, reducing carbon emissions by 1.5 million tonnes. An important step to the delivery of the UK’s zero greenhouse gas obligations.