25 Aug '17, 4pm

Rail freight is tried & tested, produces 76% less CO2, 15 times less NOx, is safer than HGVs & reduces congestion.

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager, Campaign for Better Transport said: “Lorry platooning, with driverless rear trucks, might cut costs for road hauliers but putting more freight on the railways would bring bigger and quicker reductions in congestion and pollution [2]. Recent polling [3] showed that almost two thirds of the public wanted to see more freight on the railways with only 2 per cent wanting to see more freight on the roads, while other polls [4] have shown deep public suspicion of autonomous vehicles. Philippa continued "As motoring groups have pointed out, there are many unresolved issues with lorry platooning on our congested road network. By contrast, our recent research shows that increased rail freight could make a real difference to congestion and pollution on some of the country's most overcrowded roads [5]. We'd like the Government to give priorit...

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