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The value of rail freight


As Britain starts a new chapter outside the EU, Brexit has done little to disrupt rail freight, in comparison to the headaches on the highway. Britain's resilient rail freight industry, while much smaller than the road haulage sector, might play a key role in keeping vital, but stranded goods on the move.

Transporting goods by train is gaining in popularity also due to the environmental benefits. An independent study by Deloitte revealed that each tonne of freight transported by rail produces 76% less carbon emissions compared to road. A freight train can also carry the same volume of goods as 76 heavy goods vehicles, the rail industry claims.

We’ve been delighted to see our worker alert proximity system, supplied by High Motive, being used by Network Rail during work to reopen the Dartmoor line to Okehampton station. Reopening the Okehampton route (which runs round the north side of Dartmoor between Exeter and Plymouth) will  provide more line capacity for developing both passenger and rail freight services west of Exeter to Plymouth, Cornwall and Torbay.

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