28 May 2020
RMT Press Office:
RMT responds to latest rail freight statistics that show a worrying downward trend and calls for Government to fully support the sector.
RMT responds to latest rail freight statistics that show a worrying downward trend and calls for Government to fully support the sector
Responding to the latest rail freight usage statistics that show a worrying downward trend and the lowest total of rail freight moved for 23 years and lowest total of freight lifted for 35 years rail union RMT today called on the Government to put measures in place to ensure the rail freight sector had a bright future.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“These latest rail freight statistics are worrying to say the least and it’s vital that the rail freight industry is not allowed to wither on the vine as it has proven to play a vital role in our response to the COVID19 crisis, moving vital medical supplies and food to keep our country moving.
"The Government must ensure we get rail freight back on the rails and that this vital sector is fully supported as part of an integrated transport strategy that will become even more vital as part of the country’s post COVID revival.”
Quarterly Rail Freight Statistics are published by the Office for Rail and Road:https://dataportal.orr.gov.uk/media/1738/freight-rail-usage-performance-2019-20-q4.pdf