28 Sep '17, 12pm

New @railandroad rail freight figs show importance of rail in construction & housing markets. Read our response here

28 September 2017 The latest quarterly Office of Rail and Road (ORR) rail freight statistics [1] issued today, 28 September, show expansion in the construction (2 per cent) and metals (3 per cent) markets which demonstrates the industry’s importance in the infrastructure, industrial and housing markets. Consumer traffic has decreased marginally (1 per cent) but is effectively holding its own while international traffic (14 per cent) is recovering, after external pressures. Overall, the industry continues to adjust to the deep decline in coal traffic. Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager, Campaign for Better Transport, said: “Rail freight has a key role in servicing industry in a safer [2] cleaner way which reduces road congestion and improves productivity; each aggregates train can carry enough materials to build 30 houses. “Rail freight can help alleviate the Governm...

Full article: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/media/28-sep-2017-orr-r...

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