Drax Group gets behind DB Cargo’s Freight Belongs On Rail Campaign
Drax Group, who are the leading producer of renewable energy, is fully behind DB Cargo UK's 'Freight Belongs on Rail' campaign. Across four sites in England and Scotland, Drax Group operates sustainable biomass, hydro-electric and pumped hydro storage assets. More capacity is needed on the network and for rail freight to be allowed higher priority.
Based in North Yorkshire, The Drax Power Station is majorly invested in rail freight which import around 7.5 milion tonnes of sustainable biomass pellets yearly. DB Cargo UK operates around 3,000 trains yearly which carry biomass pellets from Associated British Ports' site at Immingham. Plant Director Bruce Heppenstall said "rail freight was a much safer and sustainable method of transporting the pellets than road, taking some 192,000 HGVs off the UK's already congested road network each year.
"We firmly believe that freight belongs on rail, and the more product that can be transported by rail the better. It is safer, more predictable and reliable than road," he said. "Anything that can be done to stretch the capacity of the network would be welcomed by Drax Group," he added.
DB Cargo UK's Chief Sales Officer Roger Neary said: "Drax Group produces 6% of the UK's total energy needs and 17% of its renewable electricity needs. "Every train that we operate in to Drax Power Station carries enough product to power a city the size of York for a day. It's a vast operation and one we're very proud to be a part of," he added.
"Rail freight is already a well-established and important part of Drax's supply chain, which is growing year-by-year.
What we need now is for Government to truly recognise the value of rail freight by setting a target for modal shift that will drive further investment in the industry," said Roger.