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2009-05-28 DSB-001
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20% of all British freight targeted to go by rail

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DB Schenker

20% of all British freight targeted to go by rail

28 May 2009 09.00
source DB Schenker
type Press release

New vision outlined by rail industry to support rail freight growth

(Doncaster, May 28, 2009) DB Schenker, Britain's largest rail freight operator, today welcomes the rail industry's call for rail capacity to be expanded in order to meet an expected doubling in demand for rail freight services in the next 30 years.

The call forms part of a new vision for how the railway should look, published today in a document called 'Planning ahead', by Network Rail, the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) and the Rail Freight Operators' Association (RFOA). This is the first in a series of documents the railway industry will produce as it refines and develops it thinking of what the railway of tomorrow should look like.

The vision for freight is exceptional and is strongly supported by DB Schenker. The rail industry expects that the rail freight industry will grow from transporting 11.5% of goods today to transporting 20% of all goods moved in Britain in the next 30 years. This strong growth will be accommodated on a significantly expanded railway that will:

o Continue to be the safest form of transport
o Help meet the UK's commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050
o Ensure that freight need never go by road because there is no room on the railway
o Be open for business when its customers need it
o Provide improved journey times between international gateways and major conurbations
o Deliver an improved service to shippers of bulk freight, manufactured goods and logistics traffic which is attractive to domestic and international customers
o Establish rail connections to terminals and distribution centres, making rail freight a natural choice
o Provide an end-to-end service that is simple to use and flexible enough to meet users needs
o Lower pollution and carbon emissions by displacing lorry journeys

DB Schenker will work with Network Rail, ATOC and the RFOA to support the development of a renewed vision for the freight railway that ensures its growing role as a key part of the supply chain of the nation. The results of this work will support the government's next review of the funding requirements for the railway, due in 2012.
Graham Smith, Planning Director for DB Schenker, in his role as Chairman of the Rail Freight Operators' Association, said: ""Our vision is for an efficient railway with increased capacity that can accommodate freight users' expanding domestic and international needs. This vision delivers reduced carbon emissions, increases the competitiveness of British industry and will enable rail to move 20% of freight in Britain. We look forward to working with our infrastructure and passenger partners in planning the railway of the future for our customers."

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For further information please contact Graham Meiklejohn, Head of Communications UK, on 07801 905363 or 0870 140 5795.

Notes to the editor:
o DB Schenker is Britain's largest rail freight operator. It also operates services to mainland Europe through the Channel Tunnel, and has expanded into France and Spain with a rail freight company called Euro Cargo Rail.
o DB Schenker, formerly called EWS, was formed in 1996, following the privatisation of British Rail's rail freight divisions. Over the last twelve years, rail freight in Britain has grown by 60% DB Schenker Rail (UK) Ltd has a yearly turnover in excess of £500 million. Its headquarters are in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, and the company is wholly owned by Deutsche Bahn
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