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Embracing Modal Shift Today for the Future

Container train passes London Midland commuter service in railway station

In the Press


Embracing Modal Shift Today for the Future

Adopting changes in mode of transportation now for the long-term

Improving the interconnectivity of transport systems has numerous advantages for the rail industry, including a reduction in expenditure, environmental benefits, local economic growth, and enhanced performances. How can this be accomplished?

Digitalisation has become a necessity for the freight industry’s transition from road to rail transport. Employees can now access up-to-date digital data to make working more efficient. However, expertise from other diverse industries is equally as important in transforming the freight sector. This, combined with multiple technologies will allow the industry to grow.

Today, Freight RDG operator members are still urging the government to contribute to economic growth. It is advised that all sectors, such as operators and policymakers,  continue to communicate with one another to facilitate change. 3Squared remains enthusiastic about these collaborations and are committed to bringing forward new advancements, much like the BulkSmart software.

You can read further details from Rail Professional Magazine here: https://issuu.com/railpro/docs/rp_uk_february_2023_issuu/s/18208980



  1. Inside Rail Freight 2022 by BDG Media – Issuu (p.20) ‘Driving the future of freight through innovation’

The aftermath of the pandemic means more individuals are working remotely and there has been a bigger increase in online shopping, resulting in more deliveries. Consequently, a higher number of freight trains and containers can be implemented, lessening carbon emissions on the road. Essentially, there’s a 76% reduction of emissions per tonne of freight in comparison to road transport and 76 less lorries on the road.

There are several difficulties when identifying alternative freight routes. Road transportation is much more efficient than rail, particularly during an emergency with less containers. There’s less obstructions on the road. The current planning systems of the railway aren’t always effective, which has a considerable impact on the efficiency of freight paths. There’s lower demand for rail transport as freight trains often carry less than their capacity. Additionally, freight scheduling can have a hindrance to the effectiveness of rail transportation, for instance, unused freight paths are often not removed, causing congestion.

The launch and advancement of 3Squared’s PathPlanner shows the determination to increase the usage of freight trains. Furthermore, PathPlanner’s Train Capacity Management means trains can be packed to their capacity if there is space to do so. With this innovation, operators can place containers onto an underloaded freight train within a short period of time.

You can read further details from Inside Rail Freight here: https://issuu.com/raildirector/docs/railfreight2022/20

Rail Freight Group: potential of rail freight in 2023

Rail Freight Group logo.

Our guest article on Rail Freight Group’s website discusses the potential for growth in the rail freight industry in 2023, highlighting the benefits of rail freight and the challenges it faces.

Rail Freight Group logo.

Rail freight is notably more environmentally friendly than road transport, with lower emissions and energy consumption, and the modal shift to rail can help reduce congestion on the roads. This, in turn supports steps to decarbonise and reach Net Zero.

But, challenges faced by rail freight range from lack of investment to bureaucratic barriers which hinder the sector’s development.

Ultimately, there is significant potential for growth in 2023 and beyond but this will require action from industry stakeholders and policymakers to address the challenges facing the sector and unlock its full potential. You can read more over on Rail Freight Group’s website: https://rfg.org.uk/growing-rail-freight-in-2023/