Protection of continental gauge access illustrates need for strategic planning
17th January 2011
Freight on Rail welcomes the Mayor of London’s intervention 1 to protect continental gauge rail access from High Speed One to the only affordable site at Barking so that high volumes of freight can be brought into the heart of London from the Continent with all the associated economic 2, environmental 3 and social 4 benefits.
Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager said, “This safeguarding decision by the Mayor of London is a perfect example of the need for strategic planning to provide the wider perspective to secure the best outcome for society. We urge the Coalition to make sure that local planning authorities are required to consider wider economic and environmental benefits and impacts of local schemes in the new duty to co-operate in the Localism Bill”.
2. The key benefits of this gauge is interoperability as virtually any kind of wagons can be used unlike the normal UK gauges
3. Rail freight produces 70% less carbon dioxide emissions than the equivalent long distance road journey – Source DfT Logistics Perspective December 2008 P8 section 10
4. Existing HGVs are over 3 times more likely to be involved in fatal accidents than cars on major roads due to a combination of size, lack of proper enforcement of drivers hours, vehicle overloading and differing foreign operating standards source