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FTA welcomes ORR’s plans for reduced costs on the railways

The Freight Transport Association has today welcomed the publication of the Office of Rail Regulation's draft determination on Network Rail's business plan for the years 2009 to 2014. In the document, ORR sets out the view that Network Rail should reduce costs by 21 per cent by the end of this period. It also sets out plans for improved reliability, punctuality and capacity for both freight and passengers.

Commenting on the document, FTA's Head of Rail Freight and Global Supply Chain Policy, Christopher Snelling said, 'This is a demanding package for Network Rail to meet, improving operational and renewal performance at the same time as reducing costs. However, we believe that increased efficiency and network enhancement are not mutually exclusive and we are confident that Network Rail can achieve both.'

Snelling added, 'The rail industry needs to constantly reduce costs to freight users in order to remain competitive with road.'

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