Release Date: 12 March 2007
Release ID: 735
The Freight Transport Association has welcomed the forward thinking in the provision of improved rail freight paths to the Humber Ports. The project is being led by the funding partners which are the Regional Development Agency for Yorkshire and the Humber, the Northern Way Project, Network Rail and Associated British Ports (ABP).
ABP has recognised that the Humber Ports offer an opportunity for the movement of freight through the East Coast and is significantly investing in its handling facilities on both sides of the Humber.
FTA has been concerned that the road and rail infrastructure needed to be improved in order to cope with the additional traffic coming through the ports, and which is likely to increase in the future. Network Rail's development of the Brigg line and the Hull Docks branch line to cope with more trains in and out of the ports will help to ensure that freight movement is made more sustainable throughout the region.
Malcolm Bingham, FTA's Head of Policy for the North of England said, 'Without this significant investment in the rail lines to Hull and Immingham Docks, there would be a danger of putting too much freight on the local roads. This project provides the opportunity to ensure that significant amounts of freight are moved on the rail network.'
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