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Freight modal choice gets boost

The Transport KTN is supporting the development of integrated transport solutions, and the efficient movement of these goods plays a key role in achieving this. There are a number of freight initiatives, programmes and projects across a broad spectrum of stake holders and organisations which already exist; however awareness of these and where to access the information is not always common knowledge.

The Transport KTN is looking to raise the overall profile of freight by highlighting some of the good work that has been carried out already we will be summarising certain pieces of information and reports and showing you where you can gain access to them; we want to spread awareness and promote best practice

We also want to help you network and make contacts, collaborate and connect with the right people, you could be a freight transport expert from a particular field, a freight transport provider, a business looking for another with similar interests as you, with the same synergies of scale, or you are looking for some partners in a business idea you have got. If we can open a door it may create a new exciting opportunity for you and your business.

Please email John Ingram or call him on 07557646762 to discuss any freight related issue you have.


The Department for Transports' Freight Modal Choice Study.

In January the Department for Transport (DfT) published its final conclusions paper on the Freight Modal Choice Study.  The report (you can download it direct from the DfT website) identifies in which market sectors there is potential for growth in rail and water freight and what might encourage businesses transporting products in these sectors to make greater use of these alternative modes.

We'd like to highlight some of the key findings and outputs from the study.

Who should read this report?

Any businesses planning on making decisions regarding which modes to use -  rail and water service providers, those involved in facilitating the use of rail and water including developers, infrastructure providers such as Network Rail and port and navigation authorities’ land use planners and other Government departments.

The summary report looks at the commercial thought process that is required when looking at Freight Modal Choice and what is the best way to influence these decisions; which potential current road freight flows have the greatest potential for modal shift, and what the capacity and capability of the transport network is to accommodate growth in modal shift flows. It includes consideration of road transport, inland waterways, coastal and short sea shipping, and all types of rail freight (including Channel Tunnel freight movements)

Why should you read it?

It gives you a check list of things that will need consideration when looking at rail and water as an alternative to road and goes into detail about the following influencing factors and criteria:

·       Available rail or water infrastructure including access points

·       Large consignments of suitable goods.

·       Regular flows

·       Longer distances

·       Non time critical flows

The markets with potential for growth for rail (market share) are:

·       International Containers

·       Domestic Intermodal

·       Automotive

·       Aggregates

·       Metals

The markets with potential for growth for water (market share) are:

·       Unitised Traffic

·       Biomass

·       Aggregates

·       Waste

Other commodities that may justify further consideration for water or rail include: retail goods, construction materials, agriculture, forestry, biomass (rail), metals (water), industrial chemicals and abnormal loads (water) as there may be potential for further growth.

The document also looks at the rail and water networks’ capacity and capability and the opportunities and barriers which exist when looking at modal shift opportunities.

The final section of the report focuses on drawing together of the conclusions and highlights what the different stake holders need to do and what the outcomes and benefits could be if these things are considered. This is supported in the appendixes by identified flow maps of potential opportunities for coastal shipping of Ro Ro and lo lo services and flow maps of the different commodities and opportunities for rail.

Final thought from us

If you are thinking about - or considering looking at - Freight Modal Choice opportunities and you are in one of the following stakeholder groups, then the Department for Transport’s Freight Modal Choice Study is a must-read for you:

·       A business looking at an alternative to road transport.

·       Rail and water service providers,

·       Those involved in facilitating the use of rail and water including developers,

·       Infrastructure providers such as Network Rail and port and navigation authorities’

·       Land use planners and other Government departments.


View the full document or the summary on the DfT website

Contact John Ingram or call him on 07557646762.

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