Anger as vital rail grants scheme is axed
- Published on Wednesday, 26 January 2011 14:19
- Posted by Scott Buckler
The Rail Freight Group (RFG) has expressed its anger at the Department for Transport's (DfT) decision to ‘officially close' the Freight Facilities Grants scheme in EnglandThe grants, which have been in place since 1974, have delivered significant benefits to stimulate rail freight growth and modal shift, particularly for smaller businesses, allowing them to invest in new facilities.
Maggie Simpson, RFG Policy Manager, said: "This Government has previously stated its commitment to reducing UK carbon emissions and supporting smaller businesses to invest. This decision makes a mockery of those promises."
RFG will now be seeking urgent talks with the DfT to determine a way forwards for its members.
RFG is also awaiting a decision in the Scottish Parliament on the future of FFGs in the country