In the UK 38% of the rail network is electrified and electric locomotives such as the class 86s and 90s are seen frequently pulling freight trains. But what has been largely ignored is how efficiently and effectively rail assets are used, to the extent that we are not aware of any studies in the world that looks at rail assets intensity of use.
But why does this matter? The point of it all is that more freight can be taken off the road and onto rail with the same level of rail resources, thereby accelerating the contribution of land transport freight movement towards a net-zero carbon neutrality status. So the SDRF concept was born. Its a model containing 206 inputs with the aim of maximising rail assets. By assets we mean locomotives, rail-cars, Port rail head operations and Inland Terminal (dry-port) operations.
Our model has big implications on the ability of Governments to transfer more freight from road trucking to rail. For Ports, they can move more volume by rail and train operators can enhance their revenue/profitability. Further, shipping lines can enhance their green credentials. What it does is move freight towards the coveted Net-Zero status much faster.
Our modelling team are able to demonstrate the Carbon reduction for every freight container we transfer from road to rail. See the difference!