Rail freight contributes £1.7bn to the economy and plays a big part in reducing congestion and carbon emissions. The British railway network has been used to transport freight since the early 19th century, now known as Network Rail. British Rail was privatised in the nineties and six freight operating companies set up.
Since then mergers, new operators, joint ventures, development of the equipment and network, have improved the service.
But restrictions in space, timings, size, terminal locations, onward transport & total transport costs make this option unattractive compared to road haulage. But not for everyone, and we like to keep your options open.