McDonald pushes freight’s claims
Shadow Transport Minister Andy McDonald has criticised the lack of provision being made by East West Rail for freight, to support the construction of up to one million new homes in the area.
Speaking at the Rail Freight Group’s annual Christmas lunch on December 13, he said: “Everyone knows the importance of rail freight and the contribution it makes to the economy. It’s been a good year for the industry, with growth in consumer and construction traffic, but it always frustrates me that freight still doesn’t get the credit it deserves amongst politicians.
“Rail freight plays a vital role in lowering carbon emissions, as it produces 76% less CO than the equivalent road journey. We remain committed to a growing and sustainable rail freight industry, and it must be prioritised as our network continues to grow and investment decisions are made. We must focus on passengers, of course, but freight must be central to all railway planning.”