Helping rail freight deliver
Network Rail has targeted a 30% increase in rail freight capacity between 2016-19. Meanwhile, FTA members are dealing with challenging market conditions: the effective loss of the coal freight market, and more recently the impact of online shopping and demand for next day, localised delivery.
These are just two of the reasons behind our support for a focus on innovation and the adoption of new technologies. FTA is also calling for the regulator to improve network efficiency for faster and bigger trains, 7-day operating, and bigger and better terminals with reduced access fees.
Rail freight operators are pursuing opportunities emerging from the construction industry, automotive sector, the rapidly developing biomass industry and the fast-growing intermodal sector. Increasingly customers are taking a ‘total supply chain’ view, identifying rail as a cost effective environmentally friendly option. FTA is front and centre of all these developments, lobbying on members behalf and feeding back relevant and timely information.