27 Apr '15, 10am

Increasing rail and water freight will cut road congestion, says new @CBTransport research.

Government research has played down the potential benefits of the transfer from road to sustainable methods by only looking at national averages across all strategic roads. [2] But this new research also looked at specific routes which typically tend to be more congested because of more long-distance HGV traffic, particularly to ports. HGV traffic overall could fall by 21 per cent, and congestion could fall by 15-25 per cent were rail and water freight both to increase by 50 per cent on these routes. [3] Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager, Campaign for Better Transport, said: “While the Government is committed to investing significant funds in the railways and in rail freight in particular, it has underestimated the full extent to which this investment could reduce road congestion. The Government should take account in its forecasting and modelling, and in its polic...

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