They have reacted strongly to the manner in which the charge has been announced and will be imposed. These companies have already indicated their intention to resist paying the charges.The Secretary of State for Transport has asked the Highways Agency to study the benefits that might be gained in journey time reliability and congestion reduction by introducing short-term traffic management techniques, such as use of hard shoulder at peak periods.
‘The M1 north of Chesterfield and the M62 are strategic routes for regional, national and international freight traffic and as such this study is very welcome.Congestion and widely varying journey times on these motorways are putting additional pressure and cost on businesses based in, delivering to, or travelling through South and West Yorkshire.However, FTA and its members remain concerned that this study is not being carried out on a national basis.
Improvements could be made to traffic flows at the key congestion points throughout the motorway network, with a positive knock-on effect on regional Trade Routes.’This week’s dire weather forecasts predict widespread problems on UK roads likely to Internet Marketing Services impact on lorry operations, delaying deliveries and causing difficulties for supermarkets, retailers, factories, offices, schools, hospitals etc.
If you’ve got it then it came on a lorry – slow the lorry down and you slow down the UK economy and inconvenience consumers – that’s all of us.And on the other hand the vehicles seeking to keep the roads open – the ploughs, gritters and salters –are also commercial vehicles run by FTA members. In this case local authorities or their contractors.Hopefully, preparations on all sides will overcome the worst which the weather has to chuck at us! However, there are bound to be incidents and stories.Do not hesitate to contact the FTA press office for comment, information or broadcast interview on what may be a difficult few days.