By Simon Walton, RailFreight.com; October 8, 2019
With its putting passengers first strapline often open to satire from freight operators, there is some degree of scepticism over Network Rail’s enthusiasm for cargo that does not load itself. However, infrastructure agency may well reply by pointing out the plan for enhancements in the next five years (Control Period Six) is named the Freight & National Passenger Operators (FNPO) CP6 Route Strategic Plan.
“Our freight customers are a vital part of the economy”, said Paul McMahon, managing director of FNPO at Network Rail. “Growth needs to be considered as part of our GB-wide network as this will make sure that the required capacity and capability exists. Network Rail champions and supports freight, and we will continue to work in delivering the uplift.”