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06.07.12

Welsh freight recommendations to increase connectivity

The National Assembly for Wales’ Enterpriseand Business Committee has published an inquiry into international connectivity through Welsh ports and airports which calls for a greater emphasis on rail freight.

The Rail Freight Group welcomed the publication, which urges the Welsh Government to put pressure on the UK Government to examine the business case for electrification of relief lines on the Great Western Main Line to ensure freight can travel across easily.

Other recommendations include advocating gauge clearance for all current and future infrastructure proposals, considering an active policy on freight path availability to ports and revising the Wales Freight Strategy to have a greater emphasis on rail by the end of 2012.

Additionally, the Welsh Government must negotiate the country’s needs for the next Network Rail control period, and encourage carbon efficient modes of transport to ports and airports, as well as facilitating east-west corridors across Wales.

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