Road infrastructure priorities

Since 2006, FTA has used the principles contained in the Eddington Transport Study - published by the Department for Transport (DfT) in 2006 - which concluded that the efficient movement of freight in the UK is vital to the economy and must not be stifled by inadequate infrastructure and lack of capacity. Our most recent submission to Government on infrastructure investment was to the 2013 Comprehensive Spending Review.

Issues highlighted in the Eddington Report

The Eddington Report identified the need to invest in the following areas:

  • Transport infrastructure on inter-urban corridors 
  • Landside access to international gateways

The Government’s role in freight movement

In 2006, 82 per cent* of inland freight in the UK was moved by road. We believe the Government has a central role to play in creating genuine modal choice for industry, allowing it to move freight by the most efficient and appropriate mode of transport.

However, this needs to be achieved by helping each mode to fulfil its market potential, rather than by creating constraints (through artificially raising costs or limiting capacity) which influence market share.

DfT’s priorities for investment

DfT has developed its policies for the next public spending cycle, beyond 2014, which has resulted in the following decisions:

  • Formation of a new company to develop a second High Speed Railway line (High Speed 2) 
  • Expansion of Smart Motorways (previously known as Managed Motorways or hard shoulder running) on congested parts of the motorway network

Use the downloadable documents and links below for more information on road and rail infrastructure priorities.

*Road freight's market share as a percentage of tonnes lifted. DfT Transport Statistics Great Britain 2007

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