25 Aug '17, 2pm

New opinion poll shows the popularity of rail freight, only 2% favour more freight by road

The poll , commissioned by Campaign for Better Transport, shows that almost two thirds of the public (61%) want more freight on the railways with only two per cent wanting to see more freight on the roads. Rail freight for consumer and construction markets is increasing - but is constrained by the lack of space on the rail network. The Government has just committed billions to upgrading roads but if it is mindful of public opinion it should upgrade the rail freight network too. The poll reveals that 63% of people support increasing Government funding to allow more freight trains on the rail network, with only three per cent opposing such measures. The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is currently reviewing rail freight charges. In doing so, it must take the current market distortion into account: research by the Metropolitan Transport Research Unit shows that HGVs pay less th...

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