The Freight Transport Association 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 on industry and business to unite behind the delivery of the strategy and to support the rail freight sector.
The Freight Transport Association was consulted by the Government and contributed to the strategy when it introduced its own document ‘Agenda for More Freight by Rail’. The FTA 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.”