Better Trans-Pennine Links Could Be At The Heart Of Freight Strategy: Have Your Say

A MAJOR public consultation has been launched on a draft freight strategy for the region – including reliable trans-Pennine links.

Businesses, people working in the freight and logistics sector and citizens are invited to speak.

One of the issues in the spotlight is the need for efficient east-west connectivity across the Pennines.

Campaigners have long fought for the reopening of the disused 12 mile Skipton to Colne railway line, which would provide a direct route from Keighley to Lancashire.

And last year, West Yorkshire think tank Same Skies suggested freight transport could be reintroduced to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal – which has been a successful trade route for 150 years – and other waterways. .

The new freight and logistics strategy, developed by Transport for the North, describes the challenges ahead and highlights the opportunities to meet them.

He says the sector is vitally important to the north of England, with a quarter of UK freight starting or ending its journey here.

But it faces several constraints, including a lack of storage capacity and a disproportionate dependence on southern ports, as well as the need for better trans-Pennine connections.

The strategic plan underlines the importance of efficient movement of goods, especially for economic recovery and growth, and states an urgent need for action to decarbonize the sector.

Martin Tugwell, Managing Director of Transport for the North, said: “The freight and logistics industry is vital in helping all of us get the things we need in our daily lives. The impact of the pandemic and the UK’s exit from the EU has put this in focus, so now is the perfect time for the north of England to strategize on how best to support and to allow the movement of goods in our region.

“Our freight and logistics strategy – which covers road, rail and water freight – reveals the data that drives the sector, identifies options to decarbonize freight and underlines the importance of the sector in enabling ambitious growth for businesses.

“This is important work and we urge everyone to get involved in the consultation – those working in the industry, members of the public and the business community. Getting goods to our homes and workplaces from sustainable way will only become more important. ”

To participate in the consultation, visit It closes on January 31.

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