GB Railfreight has made a submission to the Department for Transport’s (DfT) consultation on the draft National Networks National Policy Statement (NN NPS). Its primary focus is the creation of a policy agenda that incentivises private investment in Strategic Rail Freight Interchanges (SRFIs) and freight warehouse facilities across the network.
GBRf says these infrastructural developments will play an important role in supporting railfreight markets, in particular intermodal and aggregates.
GBRf is also asking for an NN NPS that looks beyond just roads and rail and considers infrastructure at the UK’s ports.
It also wants an evaluation of rolling stock policy alongside that of network infrastructure, in order to maximise sustainability and carbon efficiency. It also calls for the NN NPS to be aligned with other aspects of the Government’s transport strategy, including nationally significant projects, such as HS2, and local transport infrastructure.
The NN NPS sets out the policy agenda against which decisions on applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects on the national road and rail networks are made.
GBRf has further submitted a response to a Transport Select Committee inquiry looking into the effectiveness of the DfT in justifying the need for the NN NPS and its ability to address this need.
John Smith, Managing Director of GBRf, said: “The national policy statement for our road and rail networks is an important step in the move towards a policy agenda that supports the sustainable growth of our UK rail freight industry.
“This statement can help address many of the challenges facing both freight operators and investors, in particular the need to create an environment that incentivises private investment in rolling stock and network infrastructure.
“GBRf looks forward to continuing our relationship with the Department for Transport and developing a wider strategy that keeps our economy moving.”