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12.06.13

Freight charges decision ‘great relief’ – RFG

The ORR has concluded that proposed freight charges will be lower than initially suggested. The decisions are announced as part of the Draft Determination of the Periodic Review 2013 and have been welcomed by freight groups.

Biomass will not be subject to a new freight specific charge in control period 5, increases in the variable access charges for freight will be capped at an average 10% compared to the 23% previously announced.

This could reduce charges for intermodal traffic, and limit the impact of rises in the bulk markets such as aggregates and steel.

The proposed 400% increase to the capacity charge for freight will not be implemented and a revised approach will be developed and suggested caps on the freight specific charge for ESI coal, iron ore and spent nuclear fuel will be reduced.

Maggie Simpson, Rail Freight Group executive director, said: “We are pleased that ORR has listened to the concerns of the industry and has taken a balanced decision that is affordable and fair. This will be a great relief to rail freight operators, customers and those seeking to invest in the sector who can now develop their business plans with confidence.”

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