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Infrastructure body launches freight study

[ January 22, 2018   //   ]

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is calling for evidence for a new study into improving the UK’s freight networks.

It follows the Chancellor’s call in the last for better freight connectivity and a reduction in the sector’s carbon footprint.

NIC chair Sir John Armitt said: “The sector is a global success story and innovator in transporting goods by road, rail, sea and air, but it is not without impact. If we’re going to tackle tough issues like congestion and air quality, freight must be part of the solution. Developments such as platooning connected HGVs and the growth of electric vehicles are set to transform freight, so we need to consider all the options.

“The evidence we gather will help determine how we ensure the freight sector supports the UK’s long-term prosperity.”

The Commission is looking for information including the key constraints on the effective and efficient movement of freight in the UK and how they can be overcome; how might the demand for freight develop and change over the next 20-30 years; the  effect of congestion on the efficiency of freight movements and emissions; and how new technologies can increase the efficiency and productivity of UK freight?

An interim report in the autumn will assess the economic impact of a more efficient, low-carbon freight sector and solutions to achieve that. A final report in 2019 will recommend changes in infrastructure planning and investment to meet the UK’s freight needs over the next 30 years.

Submissions of evidence should be no longer than ten pages and submitted to by end Monday 5 March 2018

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