12 June 2013

As part of a package of reforms, the ORR has concluded that Biomass will not be subject to a new freight specific charge in control period 5; increases in the variable access charges for freight will be capped at an average 10% compared to the 23% previously announced; the proposed 400% increase to the capacity charge for freight will not be implemented; and the previously announced caps on the freight specific charge for ESI coal, iron ore and spent nuclear fuel will be reduced.

Mick said: ‘I am delighted that the ORR has seen the light on this. It seems they have listened to the concerns of the industry – to operators and unions – and have taken a sensible, balanced decision that is both affordable and fair.

‘This is good news for the rail freight operating companies, the trade unions, and the customers who move freight by rail. It is good news, too, for the environment because moving freight by rail is far more efficient, effective, and environmentally friendly than moving freight by road.

‘And it means that, together, we can help build the rail freight business in Britain.’

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