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Fund roads to ports, says FTA

[ June 19, 2013   //   ]

The Freight Transport Association has called for funds to share the cost of improvements linking private ports to public roads as part of its submission to the Government ahead of the Chancellor’s 2013 Spending Review on 26 June.

The Association argues that investment, not cuts, in transport infrastructure are needed to create the right climate for private sector investment and stimulate growth in the wider economy. It will also ensure that transport infrastructure networks can cope with changing demands once there is a return to growth.

FTA told the Chancellor that a significant proportion of the annual £3 billion capital spending, committed from 2015 onwards in the 2013 Budget, should include key transport infrastructure priorities,

FTA also wants the Government to target enhanced roads investment on the priority routes identified by FTA members, including reinstating projects currently ‘on-hold’ as a result of earlier spending cuts and for continued support for improvements to rail freight facilities and to ensure that track access charges remain at marginal cost.

The Government also needs to make a timely decision on additional airport capacity in the South East of England and to protect and increase night flight capability within the UK.

A copy of FTA’s submission is available at: http://www.fta.co.uk/policy_and_compliance/fuel_prices_and_economy/spending_review.html

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