Government reaffirms its commitment to rail freight

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Freightliner welcomes the publication today of the High Level Output Specification (HLOS) and the Statement of Funds Available (SOFA) for Network Rail Control Period 5 (2014 to 2019), alongside the publication of the new “Guidance to the Office of Rail Regulation”.

Freightliner's State of the art PowerHaul locomotive

The provision of a further £200m funding for the Strategic Freight Network demonstrates the Government’s continuing long term commitment to rail freight; this will sustain rail freight growth, reducing road congestion and carbon emissions.

Freightliner welcomes the publication today of the High Level Output Specification (HLOS) and the Statement of Funds Available (SOFA) for Network Rail Control Period 5 (2014 to 2019), alongside the publication of the new “Guidance to the Office of Rail Regulation”.

Head of Rail Strategy, Lindsay Durham said “The inclusion of several named schemes with direct benefits to freight such as the Peterborough North and Leicester Wigston Junction grade-separation schemes as well as improvements at Ely North Junction are especially welcome, and will enable the continued growth of the deep sea container market by rail. The provision of a further £200m funding for the Strategic Freight Network demonstrates the Government’s continuing long term commitment to rail freight; this will sustain rail freight growth, reducing road congestion and carbon emissions. The support of major infrastructure investment will enable UK businesses to benefit from a more efficient rail network and demonstrates the Government’s commitment to a growing economy."

"We also greatly welcome The Secretary of State's strong message to the Office of Rail Regulation in her “Guidance to the Office of Rail Regulation”. The statement supports facilitation of the continuing development and growth of a competitive, efficient and dynamic private sector rail freight industry. It is particulary encouranging she emphasises the importance of a commercially predictable network-wide freight operations and a requirement to minimise transaction costs."

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Freightliner Group Limited

Freightliner Group Limited is the parent company of Freightliner Limited (the container business), Freightliner Heavy Haul Limited (the bulk rail freight business) Freightliner Maintenance Limited (a separate entity dedicated to the repair and maintenance of traction and rolling stock) and their European subsidiary, Freightliner Poland Limited.
Freightliner is officially the UK's most reliablie rail freight operator.

Since privatisation in 1996 Freightliner Group has:

· Increased turnover by over 180%.

· Increased the volume of containers moved by rail by over 55%, which would otherwise have gone by road, adding to congestion and pollution.

· Increased the number of its employees by 65%.

· Successfully branched out into the movement of bulk freight by rail. The company was the first Rail Freight operator to bring competition into the market place, breaking the monopoly of the incumbent operator.

· Received a number of awards, including the 2006 HSBC Rail Operator of the Year – the first non-passenger company to do so – and in 2009, for the nineth time in eleven years, and the seventh consecutive year, the IFW Rail Freight Award.

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Freightliner Limited

Freightliner Limited is the UK’s largest haulier of maritime containers, accounting for 20% of the total market share, and 81% of the rail-fed market. It’s business is concentrated through five key deep-sea ports: Felixstowe, Southampton, Thamesport, Tilbury and Seaforth. The company provides trunk rail services between these ports and inland rail freight interchanges (of which they own and operate 9), moving customers’ containers on the first or last leg of a worldwide voyage, transporting around 3,000 boxes per day. In addition, as part of its complete logistics offering, Freightliner operates a fleet of over 300 road vehicles to provide the road leg to customer’s premises.

Freightliner Ltd, the leading intermodal rail freight operator in the UK, has made a significant investment in new replacement cranes at Southampton Maritime Terminal to boost reliability and support the forthcoming berth enhancements at the port.

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In March 2004‘Logico’ was launched as a new and complementary division to encourage a more diverse group of freight movers to use Freightliner’s reliable and efficient Intermodal services. It provides regular rail-service space without the need to make a long term commitment. Just a year after its inception, Logico was awarded the IFW Rail Freight Award for attracting new rail freight business.

Freightliner Heavy Haul

Freightliner Heavy Haul Limited (FHH) was established in 1999 to broaden the market diversity of what had traditionally been a single-market operator trading exclusively in deep-sea containers and a leading UK bulk rail freight operator.

FHH was launched on the basis of using new equipment and recruiting the best people to set new standards of flexibility and reliability in the bulk freight sector. FHH now operates nationwide in the coal, aggregates, cement,waste, and specialist minerals sectors and also moves large numbers of trains in support of Network Rail’s own programme of track maintenance and renewals.

Since starting in 1999, FHH has grown to a turnover of over £100m, with over 600 employees, and a fleet of 80 locomotives and over 1300 wagons – a capital investment of over £180m. Using these resources, FHH has secured a position carrying approximately 30% of the bulk rail freight market, and continues to grow.

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Freightliner Maintenance Limited

In April 2006 Freightliner Group established a new subsidiary, Freightliner Maintenance Limited (FML), which operates as a separate entity, dedicated to the repair and maintenance of traction and rolling stock. At present, FML is responsible for the scheduled maintenance and repairs of the Freightliner UK fleet of locomotives and coal and cement wagon fleet. FML commenced its operations at their Midland Road depot, but has since grown to include two more depots at Hope and Dunbar in their portfolio, as well as field engineering support across the UK.

Freightliner PL Sp. z o.o.

In 2005 Freightliner Group recognised an opportunity to expand its operations in the European market, and established Freightliner PL Sp. z o.o. FPL began their operations in 2007, entering the Polish market with seven brand new class 66 locomotives and over 430 specialist wagons. After an initial coal contract, they are currently operating cross border services, moving aggregates from a German quarry into Poland.

Freightliner Australia Pty Ltd

Freightliner Australia currently holds Rail Safety Accreditation with the New South Wales Independent Transport Safety and Reliability Regulator (ITSRR), Queensland Transport (QT), and the Western Australian Department of Planning and Infrastructure (DPI) allowing Freightliner to operate without restriction across New South Wales, Queensland and the WestNet Rail Network of Western Australia. With the capability to service a variety of customers and business sectors in each of these jurisdictions Freightliner Australia commenced operations in July 2009, transporting containerised cotton from Wee Waa to Port Botany on behalf of Namoi Cotton. In 2010 Freightliner Australia signed a long term contract with Xstrata Coal for the provision of rail haulage services from their Hunter Valley coal mines in New South Wales, Australia to the port of Newcastle.

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