Rail Freight in Construction – A Commitment to the Future
RFG/MPA Press Release – 13 May 2015
Rail freight is at the very heart of construction logistics.
Each and every day, around 60 trains move stone, sand, cement and
other products into our towns and cities to be turned into the new
houses, offices and infrastructure that this country demands.
Over the last decade, the construction sector has been
increasing its use of rail, reaching a record high in the last
financial year. Industry forecasts suggest that further growth of
around 2.5%pa is likely as investment in infrastructure
Delivering this growth will require coordinated action
investment from the rail and construction sectors. Rail Freight
Group and the Mineral Products Association are pleased to launch a
new joint initiative ‘A Commitment to the Future’ which sets out
five steps that we will take to develop our rail freight
1. Improve the sustainability of construction
logistics by encouraging modal shift and enhancing the safety and
environmental performance of our rail operations.
2. Aim to achieve a 20% average increase in the
payload per train within the next five years.
3. Support development of the rail network and
terminals so that major routes can routinely accommodate trains of
450m length, with 2000t of payload.
4. Be responsible users of the network, working to
improve performance, increase efficiency and optimise and safeguard
5. Make rail freight the preferred solution for
supplying major infrastructure schemes.
Maggie Simpson, Executive Director, RFG, said: “This
important initiative brings together rail operators and their
customers to set out a vision of how rail freight logistics can
help to support the construction sector. Becoming more efficient,
and by being more responsible users of the rail network we will
help to leverage vital growth, keeping construction lorries off the
road and supporting our economy.”
Jerry McLaughlin, Director, Economics and Public Affairs, MPA
said, “We need to unlock the full potential of rail for
transporting key materials such as aggregates and cement from
production sites to construction markets and to help ensure future
national demands can be met. This commitment is a very positive and
necessary step forward.”