Freight

Status:Final report complete.  Published:

Exploring how to decarbonise road and rail freight by 2050 and manage its contribution to congestion.

Summary

In November 2017 the Government asked the Commission to conduct a new study on the future of freight.

The Commission’s study reviewed options to improve the existing infrastructure and recommended ways to use new technologies and processes to transform how freight moves by road and rail, in towns and cities, cross-country and into and out of ports and airports.

Call for Evidence was issued in January 2018 and an interim report was published on 21 December 2018.

The final report of the study – Better delivery: the challenge for freight – found that through the adoption of new technologies and the recognition of freight’s needs in the planning system, it is possible to decarbonise road and rail freight by 2050 and manage its contribution to congestion. Achieving this requires government to outline clear, firm objectives, and begin working with the energy sector, freight industry and local areas to ensure that the infrastructure required for alternative fuels and land for efficient freight operations is available when and where it is needed.

Final Report

Better Delivery: the challenge for freight

The Commission’s report highlights the action needed to enable the UK’s freight networks to meet growing demands for fast deliveries while also reducing its impact on congestion and the environment.

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Latest Updates

The value of freight
Container ship in Felixstowe being unloaded

The value of freight

17 Apr 2019
Future of Freight Demand
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Future of Freight Demand

17 Apr 2019
Managing Congestion evidence report
Articulated lorry overtaking another lorry on a motorway

Managing Congestion evidence report

17 Apr 2019
Managing Congestion intervention dashboards
Congestion on an arterial road in central Newcastle

Managing Congestion intervention dashboards

17 Apr 2019
Freight Study impact and costing note

Freight Study impact and costing note

17 Apr 2019
Reducing the environmental impact of freight
Lorries on a busy UK motorway

Reducing the environmental impact of freight

17 Apr 2019
Managing Congestion

Managing Congestion

17 Apr 2019
Future of freight: interim report

Future of freight: interim report

21 Dec 2018
Responses to call for evidence

Responses to call for evidence

21 Dec 2018
Call for evidence
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Call for evidence

19 Jan 2018
Freight Study – letter from the Chancellor to Lord Adonis
Freight

Freight Study – letter from the Chancellor to Lord Adonis

Letter from the Chancellor of the Exchequer to chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission Lord Adonis on plans for a study into freight.

30 Nov 2017 By

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