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Consultants estimate impact of shifting freight from rail to road

FREIGHT

Andrew Forster
10 May 2019
Rail carries 20 million tonnes of aggregate a year. Without electrification, lorry miles could rise under the NIC’s proposal for a diesel freight train ban
Rail carries 20 million tonnes of aggregate a year. Without electrification, lorry miles could rise under the NIC’s proposal for a diesel freight train ban

 

Banning diesel freight trains could worsen inter-urban road congestion and lead to thousands of extra lorry kilometres in London, according to a study for the National Infrastructure Commission.

The NIC has recommended completely decarbonising the road and rail freight sectors by 2050 to support the Government’s Climate Change Act targets (LTT 26 Apr). It is confident that batteries or hydrogen fuel cell technology will enable  road freight to decarbonise by this date but sees less...

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