England's Economic Heartland's major study into freight and logistics in and around the Oxford to Cambridge Arc has identified a number of priorities for the region, including improving strategic road access, maximising the use of rail freight, and encouraging investment in greener technology.
The work - informed by engagement with policy makers, major businesses, infrastructure operators and logistics companies - provides an assessment of the region's freight needs and the implications of future demands and trends up to 2050.
Background report and identified priorities (agreed by Strategic Transport Forum)
"Growing demand for faster, cheaper, and more convenient deliveries means planning for freight is ever more important. We welcome the publication of the EEH freight study, the geography and scope of which is a step forward in planning for freight. It is encouraging to see the NIC’s recommendations reflected in EEH’s vision, objectives and action plan. Planning for freight at an early stage will help to ensure that the right facilities can be in the right places, reducing journey distances and wasted mileage, and allowing the use of the cleanest mode of transport for the journey." Nick Francis, Senior Policy Advisor, National Infrastructure Commission
"We welcome the publication of the EEH Freight Study as a core component of the overall transport strategy. Rail freight is a key transport mode for the region, and there are strong prospects of growth, which this study will help to facilitate. We are particular encouraged to see recognition of the role that rail can play on the east-west routes as well as in key links to ports and other markets." Maggie Simpson, Director General, Rail Freight Group
"It is brilliant and wonderful to see EEH putting in significant effort to understand freight, and it is encouraging to see the potential upside for the region in encouraging more freight. There is a clear understanding of what needs to be done to increase port flows and the number and usage of logistics terminals." Christopher Snelling, Head of UK Policy, Freight Transport Association