Rail freight is
fully in the private sector. The rail freight industry has
stripped out costs, increased efficiency and attracted over
£1.5 billion of private investment since 1997; it is
competitive, commercially driven and customer focussed.
Since the late 1990's Britain's rail freight operating companies
have invested in well over 400 brand new locomotives and in
excess of 3000 new wagons.
There are now eight rail freight operating companies competing
vigorously to deliver the best service for customers: English,
Welsh and Scottish Railway, Freightliner, GB Railfreight,
Direct Rail Services, Fastline, Victa-Westlink Rail, Amec-Spie
Rail and Advenza Freight.
Rail freight is a remarkable success story. In the past 10
years it has grown by almost 50%, increasing its market share
of surface transport to 11.5% and in so doing removing thousands
of lorries from Britain's roads. In 2002/03 alone, rail freight
moved the equivalent of 5.6 million lorry journeys and saved
1.4 billion lorry kilometres and a growth of just under 30%
is forecast through to 2014/15.
Rail freight delivers value-for-money for the taxpayer. The
vast majority of rail freight runs without any Government
support. Where public investment is made it is in return for
environmental benefits and is often matched by private money.
Why rail freight matters
Rail freight plays a significant
part in Britain's economy right now.
In 2002/03 rail moved around 43.5 million tonnes of goods
to and from our ports. Rail transports coal that produces
over one quarter of our electricity; it moves around one third
of metal products in Britain and 80% of the stone used for
construction in London. Without rail freight commerce would
grind to a halt and the lights would go out.
Currently IFE move in the region
of 8000 TEUs (20ft Equivalent containers) by rail each year.
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