Better Infrastructure

Develop a road and rail network that delivers reliable and resilient journey times, supporting international, national and local movements of goods.

Better Infrastructure

 

Inadequate infrastructure comes at a cost to the UK economy, hampers the efficiency of logistics in all modes and contributes to pollution and poor air quality.

FTA is campaigning for UK and Devolved Governments to fund improvements in the road and rail networks to enable efficient movements of goods nationally; for Local Government to invest in improving the quality of local roads and rail capacity; and for a planning system that enables and encourages the use of access points such as rail freight terminals, ports and wharves. 

 

Key facts

  • Road congestion costs UK nearly £8billion per year - having an HGV stuck in congestion costs £1 per minute to the operator 

  • Stop start traffic exponentially increases emissions in urban areas – an HGV stopping three times a mile and getting back up to 30mph can use three times as much fuel as one cruising at 30mph 

  • The rail freight industry delivers £1.6 billion a year in benefits to the UK economy 

 

What is FTA campaigning for?

FTA has five priorities for Better Infrastructure:

  • The UK and Devolved Governments to fund improvements in the road and rail networks to enable efficient movements of goods nationally 

  • For Local Government investment in improving the quality of local roads 

  • The planning system to enable and encourage the use of access points such as rail freight terminals, ports and wharves 

  • UK Government to invest in rail freight paths across the country 

 

Policy Manager

 

Chris Yarsley

Policy Manager -  Road Infrastructure

 

 

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