Rail Freight Group sets out sector’s needs in rail reform
The Rail Freight Group says changes to the structure of the railway resulting from the Williams Review must place the freight sector at the heart of the industry.
In a position paper released on November 22, the group argues that any new structure must have an incentive framework embedded throughout which encourages and rewards freight growth, have a strong central function with authority over timetabling and access, and have a national system of freight charges based on current principles.
It also says the railway must have the right legal, commercial and regulatory ‘levers’ to deliver freight needs, and offer flexibility to meet the changing needs of freight customers.
RFG argues that the structure must also encourage and deliver freight growth, maintain a national freight network, provide fair and equal access for all freight services, ensure that new and existing services can be delivered efficiently, and enable continued public and private sector investment.
RFG Executive Director Maggie Simpson said: “The Williams Review is fundamental to the future of UK rail. Our position paper sets out a framework for assessing potential options for structural reform, to consider how the needs of freight customers will be addressed.”