Freightliner Group Limited welcomes and endorses the new report published by the Rail Delivery Group today which details the undeniable benefits of utilising rail services for the movement of freight across the UK. The report is appropriately entitled, ‘Keeping the lights on and the traffic moving.’
The report, which was compiled using data prepared by accountancy firm KPMG, states that since rail freight was opened up to private competition and investment in the mid-nineties, trains carry an average of 50% more cargo than 10 years ago. This is a business sector that generates more than £1.5 billion in economic benefits for UK Plc through improved productivity and reducing road congestion to keep traffic moving. As the first operator to introduce the PowerHaul Class 70 locomotive to the UK, Freightliner has been able to utilise longer, more efficient trains to serve its customers’ increasing demand for volume and speed of delivery.
The report highlights that last year more than 7.6million road journeys were saved by transporting goods by rail, the equivalent of around 7,000 HGVs driving from London to Edinburgh every day.
To read the published report in full, or to download a copy, visit www.raildeliverygroup.com/?p=50