This report highlights the essential role of urban freight in ensuring the effective functioning of the UK economy and presents a fresh vision designed to safeguard this role as well as protect the environment and quality of life for communities. It envisages that every opportunity should be taken for freight to make its way to urban areas by rail or water, either directly into those areas, or into the major distribution parks that serve them. It argues that those distribution sites should be located so that it is practical for goods to travel the last mile(s) into urban centres using zero/low emission modes. These last mile journeys should be achieved as safely, unobtrusively and with as little environmental impact as possible. The report explores a number of ideas that could assist in achieving this vision and calls for a broader, nationwide freight strategy to provide direction and leadership to the industry and its stakeholders.
Regional and Urban Rail
This report shows how regional rail is allocated a disproportionate share of the railways' overall costs which distorts the wider debate about its value for money. The report sets out how an alternative fairer, more defensible and rational system would halve regional rail's share of government support.
A report for pteg by Transport for Quality of Life intended to help widen the scope of debate about regional rail by considering whether more thoroughgoing governance changes might offer greater benefits and whether these benefits are worth the potential risks and costs associated with deeper reform.
Commenting on Campaign for Better Transport's ‘Going Local: Lessons for rail policy from London Overground and Merseyrail’ report, published today (Thursday 7th Feb), pteg Director, Jonathan Bray, said:
Following the announcement today of the next phase of high speed rail and the publication of the routes to Leeds and Manchester, Geoff Inskip, the lead on rail issues for pteg said:
Commenting on the publication by the Department for Transport today of the outcomes of the Brown Review of the Rail Franchising Programme, Geoff Inskip, Chair of pteg said:
Commenting on the publication by the Department for Transport today of the outcomes of the consultation on the scope for further rail devolution, and rail Minister Simon Burns's accompanying statement, Geoff Inskip, Chair of pteg said:
Time for more local control over local rail services
But fair deal on costs and risks needed for services to improve
pteg today welcomed the rail command paper, and associated consultation on the scope for further devolution of powers over local rail services.
City transport leaders agree approach to Government on rail devolution
Support for bigger role for PTEs in delivering better rail
The six largest public transport authorities outside London today welcomed the McNulty report, and in particular its focus on the potential for greater devolution of rail powers outside London.
Responding to the DfT's new rail franchising policy, pteg Chair, Geoff Inskip, said: