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.
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.
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.
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.