The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is backing the launch of Scotland’s rail freight strategy stating that it will be good for the freight and logistics industry.
Transport Minister, Derek Mackay, launched the Scottish Government document ‘Delivering the Goods’, described as a new vision for Scotland’s rail freight sector which will tap into new and growing markets. The Minister called upon industry and business to unite behind the delivery of the strategy and support the rail freight sector.
FTA was consulted by the Government and contributed to the strategy when it introduced its own document ‘Agenda for More Freight by Rail’. The Association’s Head of Policy for Scotland – Chris MacRae said:
‘It is vital that the challenges to rail freight in Scotland are recognised. Volumes have fallen with the demise of coal traffic and loss of steel. The biggest opportunity is intermodal traffic – both deep sea container export goods and domestic Anglo-Scottish traffic, including retailer.’