S4M-13173: Rail Freight

14 May 2015

That the Parliament notes the recent presentation by Rail Freight Group’s David Spaven at the April 2015 meeting of the cross-party group on rail, at which some of the challenges and opportunities facing rail freight in Scotland were highlighted; believes that rail freight plays an important role in Scotland’s commercial transport industry and brings with it many unique benefits, such as leaving a lighter carbon footprint than traditional road transport; further believes that rail freight has a lot of unrealised potential in Scotland; considers that rail freight’s importance on mainland Europe is a good example of how it can support trade and manufacturing; hopes that what it sees as rail freight’s great potential in Scotland will be realised, and believes that members should do what they can to support what it considers this important industry.