The government aims for the promotion of freight transport by rail to limit road congestion and reduce transport carbon emissions.
Transporting freight by rail offers significant benefits to the UK economy:
- by reducing road congestion
- improving industry productivity
- cutting carbon emissions and air pollution
The government recognises the importance of a clear policy framework to support rail freight and enable it to grow and achieve its potential. This strategy aims to establish that framework.
ARUP was engaged to conduct independent research to inform the implementation of the government’s ‘Rail freight strategy’.
Carriage of goods on passenger trains final report considers recent trials of transporting goods in unused space on off-peak passenger services and assesses the scope for developing this concept.
Future potential for modal shift in the UK rail freight market provides a technical assessment of the future potential for modal shift to increase the use of rail freight, the potential carbon savings to be achieved and possible enablers and barriers to that modal shift.