Freight transport must be at the heart of a new investment programme for England’s major roads, according the Freight Transport Association (FTA).
The Department for Transport has today (23rd December) released its consultation on the creation of a new Major Road Network(MRN). It has announced that key roads, below the motorway network and largest ‘A’ roads currently operated by Highways England, could benefit from up to £100m investment each.
Eighty per cent of the UK’s freight movements are made by road. FTA, UK’s leading body representing the logistics sector, welcomes news of additional investment. However, the association is calling for a guarantee that every scheme funded under the new MRN programme will support the needs of freight logistics. FTA’s Head of UK Policy, Christopher Snelling, comments:
“Any investment in our road network is good news, especially given the lack of funding available over recent years for councils to improve just these kinds of roads. But the Government must ensure that any projects funded by this scheme are designed for freight as well as car users.
“Above all, FTA believes any roads classed as part of the MRN must focus on making motor traffic more efficient and be open to all types of motor vehicle without restriction. There should be no HGV restrictions on anything that wants to claim to be a ‘Major Road’.”
The Freight Transport Association is the UK’s largest and most influential membership association in the freight and logistics sector, with more than 16,000 members operating over 220,000 goods vehicles – half the UK’s fleet. Established in 1889, FTA’s members move goods by road, rail, sea and air, consign over 90 per cent of the UK freight moved by rail and 70 per cent of the nation’s sea and air freight.
Source: Uk Haulier