David Spaven: It’s time to deliver the goods on rail freight

Renewed focus has been put on the need for improvements in Scotland’s inter-city rail network to boost rail freight transport.

Writing in the Scotsman, David Spaven of the Rail Freight Group, highlights shortcomings in the current system which are holding back rail freight from providing a suitable alternative to road freight.

Among other things, David highlights the need for the Scottish Government to:

  • Enhance the Highland Main Line with extensive dualling and longer crossing loops to allow greater capacity
  • Cross-modal investment between Glasgow and Fort William to boost passenger and freight services
  • Improved rail access to key industrial areas, such as whisky distilleries in the Highlands

Commenting on the need for investment in rail freight in Scotland, David said:

It is in all our interests that the strong statements of Scottish Government policy on rail freight should now lead to the delivery of such a transformational programme of enhancements, heralding a new dawn for sustainable freight transport in Scotland.

To read the article in full, please see the Scotsman article.

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