Scotland’s Transport Minister Derek Mackay has launched the government’s new rail freight strategy called ‘Delivering the Goods.’ The strategy aims to make the country’s rail freight sector competitive and sustainable for meeting the demands of modern markets, as well as improve the industry and support economic and environmental targets.
In order to support the rail freight sector to tap new and rising markets, the government has identified four major forces, which include innovation, facilitation, promotion and investment. Mackay also urged the industry and business community across Scotland and the United Kingdom for support in realising the strategy and help the rail freight sector.
Mackay said: “This strategy follows a comprehensive consultation process that sought the views of the rail freight industry, businesses, trade unions and other interested parties.
“What became clear during this process is that there are growing challenges facing the industry.
“However, it also revealed a definite desire to tackle them and a need to work together in order to put rail freight back onto a sustainable footing.”