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Twists of freight: Why the future might depend on rail freight

Words: Jack Osgerby

Fifty proposals have been submitted to Network Rail to reopen lines closed by DR Beeching – but if improving transport links is vital for people to access opportunities across the UK, we’re missing a trick by not investing in a strategic rail freight network, says Jack Osgerby

Freight is a forgotten element of spatial planning” – so said the National Infrastructure Commission in its Better Delivery: The Challenge For Freight report advising the government on the rail freight system in 2019.What’s more, the NIC asserted that “gaps in current planning policy and guidance give planners little understanding of why and how to plan for freight”.These are significant........
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