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Campaign blog posts from 2017

  • 16 December 2017
    Two older women in bright coats stand outside Chelmsford Station

    The Government recently consulted on its draft Accessibility Action Plan, aimed at making the public transport network easier to use for disabled people.
     

  • 01 December 2017
    Photo: lorry wheels

    New figures show that heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) are now twice as likely to be involved in a fatal collision on local roads than they were ten years ago, highlighting the need to shift as much freight to rail as possible to reduce the number of trucks on the roads.

  • 23 November 2017
    Photo: bus passengers

    Well the Budget has happened, and we’ve had time to go through the large amount of paperwork that always comes out from the Treasury after the Budget speech. How did our budget proposals fare?

  • 17 October 2017
    Tesco train going past the River Severn

    The latest National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) report acknowledges that urban freight is often overlooked, but equally importantly is the neglect and undervaluing of rail freight’s role in servicing the economy. 

  • 03 October 2017
    Front cover of MTS

    What’s your vision for London’s transport in 2040 and beyond? From healthy streets to road pricing, we've been taking a look at the Mayor of London's plans to get the capital’s future on track. 

  • 03 October 2017
    Graphic comparing lorry lengths

    The Government has just issued the 2016 longer lorries report, compiled by Risk Solutions, which claims that longer semi-trailers can reduce congestion, pollution and collisions. Freight on Rail, which has campaigned against these 7ft longer trucks since they were first envisaged, still believes...

  • 04 September 2017
    Freight train

    It's hard not to be sceptical about the marginal pollution benefits of lorry platooning when rail freight is so much cleaner and greener. In fact, one might say that 70-truck lorry platoons already exist, known as freight trains!

  • 16 August 2017
    A freight train at Felixstowe Port

    Last month’s Government announcements about its forthcoming rail plans are disappointing given the socio-economic benefits of rail freight and its record; customer demand for more consumer and construction rail freight services is currently constrained by the lack of space on the rail network....

  • 14 August 2017
    List of stations

    With all the bad news about the Government backtracking on rail electrification, it's good to be able to celebrate some good rail news. The Government announced that it will support the opening of five new stations, in the second round of its New Stations Fund.

  • 17 July 2017
    E-bikes photo courtesy of Electric Bikes Sussex.

    The Government's Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) gives grants for converting to electric cars and vans - but not to electric bikes.  We think that's a missed opportunity. 

    We're calling on the Government to change the rules, and extend the scope of OLEV grants to include e-bikes...

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