FTA announces new Rail Freight Council Chair

Members of the Freight Transport Association (FTA) Rail Freight Council have elected John Carpenter, National Rail Manager of Lafarge Tarmac as its new Chairman.

FTA has said it is “delighted” to confirm that that the new Chairman will take over the post from at the April Council meeting, and will play a key-part in taking forward the work of FTA’s Rail Freight Council working with its “Agenda for More”, performance metrics and benchmarking, and reduction of Channel Tunnel freight train access charges to promote modal shift and the carbon agenda.

John Carpenter is no stranger to the Council, having formerly served as Vice Chairman of the group, at news of his election he said:

“I am very pleased to have been elected chairman and aim to help build on the great work done by my predecessor Ken Russell. As demand to move freight by rail increases, the industry will have many challenges which the FTA will have a central role in facilitating. It is an honour to be part of this process.”

As part of FTA’s policy work on rail moving forwards, the “Agenda for More Freight by Rail” has been agreed by the Association’s Rail Freight Council and includes objectives of:

  • More flexible timetables and service versatility
  • Pooling of loads to create viable train loads
  • Continuous improvement to reduce costs and maintain competitiveness
  • More rail freight terminals

Chris MacRae, FTA Manager – Rail Freight Policy commented:

“We are delighted to announce the election of John Carpenter as the new Chairman of the FTA Rail Freight Council.  This is an exciting time for our industry and we look forward to the challenges ahead. FTA wants to work with shippers to expand the outputs necessary for increased retailer and shipper use of rail freight. We also record the excellent work done under the Chairmanship of Ken Russell of the Russell Group who is the outgoing Chairman of FTA’s Rail Freight Council.”  

In addition, Sainsbury’s   Transport Strategy and Development Manager Simon Polmear will become the new Vice Chairman of the Council.