Taking freight off congested roads and moving it by rail or water can have environmental and wider social benefits. However rail and water can sometimes be more expensive than road transportation. The Department for Transport and the Devolved Administrations offer grants designed to facilitate and purchase the environmental and social benefits that result from shifting freight from road to rail and water. Details of these schemes, with an accompanying guide for each, are set out below.

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Following the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review in October 2010, the Freight Facilities Grant scheme in England has now been officially closed.

Whilst funding will no longer be provided to new schemes, DfT will continue to monitor the performance of past schemes, with a view to ensuring the benefits as anticipated at the time of applying, are delivered.

The DfT continues to support modal shift through the operating grants it provides through the Mode Shift Revenue Support and Waterborne Freight Grant schemes. Indeed following the CSR a future budget for the operating grants was confirmed for future years as £20m for 2011-12, £19m for 2012-13, with a further indicative £19m for both 2013-14 and 2014-15.

Should you have any questions, please direct these to FFG@dft.gsi.gov.uk

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The Mode Shift Revenue Support scheme

The Mode Shift Revenue Support scheme

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Application for MSRS Bulk and Waterways

Application for MSRS Bulk and Waterways

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Application for MSRS Intermodal

Application for MSRS Intermodal

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