T&E wants as much freight as possible to be transported by rail. In 2015, T&E developed an on-going platform that engages with a diverse group of stakeholders in rail freight to develop ways for rail to increase their share of freight transport. This platform is part of a larger project that looks at low-carbon freight transport. Like passenger rail, T&E want freight trains to become more customer-orientated and sustainable so that they become more successful.
Rail freight blog
T&E have been managing a rail freight platform since 2015. This platform has provided us with the opportunity to meet with key stakeholders in rail and organise workshops to discuss some of the main setbacks to modal shift. The blog below is the first in a series that will outline what we have learned about why rail freight is not growing in Europe at the rate needed. This series of blogs will also offer some suggestions on how policymakers can play a bigger role in supporting modal shift as a means to decarbonise transport.
The customer is always right
Anyone can call a road haulage company and have a truck at their door in a few hours. The same is obviously not possible with rail. Rail is more complex than road transport as there are more actors involved with further advanced planning required. Road transport is flexible and simple. Railway advocates should not shy away from this market reality as it is vital as accepting it is key to addressing the disparity. Ultimately it is the shipper and freight forwarder (ie, the customer) who determines what mode to use, so we need to make it so that they see rail as an attractive alternative to road. Read more