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New mode shift values present mixed results for rail freight

Freight

Andrew Forster
21 February 2020
 

Shifting freight from road to rail delivers societal disbenefits on most of the UK’s motorway network, according to new values published by the DfT. But the value of shifting freight onto rail on congested parts of the motorway network, as well as on A and other roads have increased.    

The benefit of switching freight from road to rail on uncongested sections of motorway are now valued at -£0.09 per lorry mile (2020 prices). This compares with a positive figure of 7p per...

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