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Letters to the editor: Issue 593 30 Mar 2012

Longer lorries were blocked for sound policy reasons

Philippa Edmunds, Manager, Freight on Rail, London N1

The previous Government rejected trials of 25-metre, 60-tonne lorries on UK roads because its research showed that ‘mega trucks’ would lead to more road congestion, more pollution and more accidents, not because Denby Transport’s approach pushed the minister into a corner (In Passing LTT 16 Mar) .

The economic and environmental case for longer lorries relies on the same questionable presumption used in the past to justify each increase in lorry dimensions – that there...

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