Rail Freight to Grow by at Least 75%

29th January 2024 / Posted by Isidora Rivera Vollmer

In a landmark announcement, the government has set forth an ambitious target to propel rail freight growth by a staggering 75% or more. These plans aim to improve the UK’s freight transportation system, making it more efficient and sustainable. This commitment is a crucial step in cutting down carbon emissions and mitigating the environmental impact of logistics operations.  

The government’s vision aligns seamlessly with ongoing efforts exemplified by Cross River Partnership’s Waterloo Freight Hub project. With a strategic focus on transforming urban logistics, the Waterloo Freight Hub project is set to become a significant contributor in the realisation of the government’s ambitious goals.

The hub aims to revolutionise freight transport into Greater London by bringing more freight into central London via rail rather than via road. Existing undercroft space at Waterloo Station would be used to receive, sort and re-issue the rail freight outwards across much of London, servicing some 3.5 million people and 200,000 businesses. These onward journeys would all be undertaken by clean transport modes, including electric cargo bikes. 

By strategically leveraging rail freight solutions, the Waterloo Freight Hub project echoes the government’s commitment to creating a resilient and sustainable freight network. The project’s objectives highlight its dedication to providing a sustainable solution to the growing demand for freight services in London.