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Blogs - Campaigns

  • 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...

  • 09 July 2017
    61% want more freight on the railways

    Cynical politicians are sometimes dismissive of rail freight: 'Rail freight doesn't get a vote'. But a new YouGov poll shows that the public support rail over HGVs when it comes to freight - which makes sense as it reduces road congestion, pollution, road damage and fatal accidents.

  • 09 July 2017
    Newcastle station

    When Transport for the North (TfN) began developing a Strategic Transport Plan we knew it was vital that environmental and community groups were involved with the process. So when TfN asked us to engage with these groups on its behalf, we jumped at the chance.

  • 27 June 2017
    Photo: lots of lorries

    Hauliers claim that trucks are overpaying in taxes and charges compared to their impact on the environment and society. But in this guest blog, Samuel Kenny from Transport & Environment argues that road transport is now Europe's biggest climate problem.