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Ministers must ensure the localism agenda doesn’t thwart the rail freight revival

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail
08 April 2011
Philippa Edmunds is manager of Freight on Rail, a partnership of the transport trade unions, the rail freight industry and the Campaign for Better Transport.
Philippa Edmunds is manager of Freight on Rail, a partnership of the transport trade unions, the rail freight industry and the Campaign for Better Transport.

 

It comes as no surprise that separate transport and local government House of Commons select committee inquiries in March concluded that the lack of strategic planning policy, exacerbated by the abolition of regional spatial strategies (RSSs), has caused a policy vacuum and could seriously undermine sustainable economic growth. This is especially true for rail freight, which needs to be planned at a more strategic level. Unfortunately it is facing uncertainty at present, with three new...

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