DB Cargo UK research confirms "Freight belongs to rail" 01/03/23

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New national research confirms that “Freight Belongs on Rail”, says DB Cargo UK


New national research confirms that “Freight Belongs on Rail”, says DB Cargo UK


DB Cargo UK has reiterated its call for the UK Government to set an ambitious target for rail freight growth.

Pölös Zsófia Journalist Trans.info 01.03.2023


New research published today by Rail Partners claims that trebling rail freight traffic by 2050 would deliver nearly £5.2bn in economic benefits every year and take 20 million HGV journeys off the roads.

Welcoming the new analysis, CEO Andrea Rossi said it gave further weight to the company’s argument that “Freight Belongs on Rail”.

“We’ve spent the last two years lobbying politicians and civil servants of the significant economic and environmental benefits of rail freight over road haulage,” said Andrea. “Freight Belongs On Rail. We know it. Our existing customers know it. The public knows it. We now need the UK Government to work with us to enable more of it to switch from road to rail.” he added.

She added:

“Setting a clear and ambitious target for rail freight growth, like already exists in Scotland, will give confidence in the sector, stimulate investment and unlock rail freight’s true potential.”

Andrea said the latest research, commissioned by Rail Partners, showed the size of the economic and environmental benefits was increasing all the time, with freight operating companies now able to run longer and heavier trains.

He said DB Cargo UK’s pioneering use of hydro-treated vegetable oil (HVO) to fuel its locomotive fleet was also helping to drive down carbon emissions even further.

“This latest research shows that a single freight train can now carry the equivalent of 129 HGVs. If you then run that train on HVO, as opposed to diesel, the reduction in carbon emissions is even greater!” added Andrea.