Freightliner Welcomes the Target Set by Government to Grow Rail Freight But Claims More Can be Done

Freightliner IML train travelling alongside the canal.

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.

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.