Rail freight is at the very heart of construction logistics. Each and every day, around 60 trains move stone, sand, cement and other products into our towns and cities to be turned into the new houses, offices and infrastructure that this country demands.
Over the last decade, the construction sector has been increasing its use of rail, reaching a record high in the last financial year. Industry forecasts suggest that further growth of around 2.5%pa is likely as investment in infrastructure continues.
Delivering this growth will require coordinated action investment from the rail and construction sectors. Rail Freight Group and the Mineral Products Association are pleased to launch a new joint initiative ‘A Commitment to the Future’ which sets out five steps that they will take to develop rail freight logistics.
1. Improve the sustainability of construction logistics by encouraging modal shift and enhancing the safety and environmental performance of our rail operations.
2. Aim to achieve a 20% average increase in the payload per train within the next five years.
3. Support development of the rail network and terminals so that major routes can routinely accommodate trains of 450m length, with 2000t of payload.
4. Be responsible users of the network, working to improve performance, increase efficiency and optimise and safeguard network capacity.
5. Make rail freight the preferred solution for supplying major infrastructure schemes.
Maggie Simpson, Executive Director, RFG, said: “This important initiative brings together rail operators and their customers to set out a vision of how rail freight logistics can help to support the construction sector. Becoming more efficient, and by being more responsible users of the rail network we will help to leverage vital growth, keeping construction lorries off the road and supporting our economy.”
Jerry McLaughlin, Director, Economics and Public Affairs, MPA said, “We need to unlock the full potential of rail for transporting key materials such as aggregates and cement from production sites to construction markets and to help ensure future national demands can be met. This commitment is a very positive and necessary step forward.”
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About the Rail Freight Group (RFG):
The Rail Freight Group (RFG) has been the UK’s leading rail freight trade association since its formation in 1990. It has more than 120 corporate members active in all sectors of rail freight from ports, terminal operators, customers, through to operators and suppliers.
RFG’s aim is to grow the volume of goods moved by rail, delivering environment and economic benefits for the UK.
RFG works hard for the interests of its members representing their views and providing a wide range of advice and information.
The RFG seeks to achieve its objectives by organising networking group meetings and site visits, by responding to consultation papers and by lobbying government, European institutions, the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) and Network Rail.
RFG also looks to involve the media in positive comment and news where possible, and publishes a newsletter, circulated to nearly 2,000 opinion-formers, generally every two months.
For further information on the RFG, visit their website: www.rfg.org.uk
About the Mineral Products Association (MPA):
The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and silica sand industries. With the recent addition of British Precast and the British Association of Reinforcement (BAR), it has a growing membership of 480 companies and is the sectoral voice for mineral products. MPA membership is made up of the vast majority of independent SME quarrying companies throughout the UK, as well as the 9 major international and global companies. It covers 100% of GB cement production, 90% of aggregates production, 95% of asphalt and over 70% of ready-mixed concrete and precast concrete production. Each year the industry supplies £9 billion of materials and services to the £120 billion construction and other sectors. Industry production represents the largest materials flow in the UK economy and is also one of the largest manufacturing sectors.
For more information on the MPA, visit their website: www.mineralproducts.org