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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.

For further information please contact our Sales Team:

Contact: Ingrid Allam
Tel: +44(0)1268 286999 (Ext. 61)
DDI: +44(0)1268 242527
Fax: +44(0)1268 286799
E-mail: iallam@ifeuk.com

Contact: Paul Rye
Tel: +44(0)1268 286999 (Ext.28)
DDI: +44(0)1268 247646
E-mail: prye@ifeuk.com



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