Freight transport must be at the heart of a new investment programme for England’s major roads, according to the Freight Transport Association.
The Department for Transport’s consultation on the creation of a new Major Road Network announced that key roads, below the motorway network and the largest ‘A’ roads currently operated by Highways England, could benefit from up to £100m investment each.
Some 80% of the UK’s freight movements are made by road and the FTA said it welcomes the news of additional investment. However, it is calling for a guarantee that every scheme funded will support the needs of freight logistics.
“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,” the FTA’s Head of UK Policy, Christopher Snelling, said.
“But the Government must ensure that any projects funded by this scheme are designed for freight as well as car users. Above all, 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’.”