FREIGHT TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENTS: THE IMPLICATIONS FOR PLANNERS

Developments that have taken place during the 1970's in freight transport are discussed. The major trends have been twofold - increasing size and increasing specialisation, whatever the mode of transport used. The significant developments of the decade are briefly described for each of the modes i.e road (85% UK freight tonnage) - a trend towards fewer but larger lorries; rail (10%) total freight carried dropped but specialist traffics and services increased. The importance of the freight industry to the economy is outlined and the implications for planners are discussed. The developments outlined point to the need to implement a realistic land use policy balancing the needs of the freight transport industry, those of manufacturing industry and retail trade served by it, and environmental requirements. The Greater London Council has a number of specific policy approaches to help meet London's needs, ranging from the general policy for industrial-commercial corridors, freight complexes, rail depots and river wharves, to the provision of small haulier depots. It is thought that more land will be needed to meet the demand for permanent freight centres, ranging from large freight complexes to small lorry parks. The primary financial and development role of the planner is said to be the provision of roads needed by the industry and minimising the environmental impact. (TRRL)

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  • Authors:
    • Howard, B
  • Publication Date: 1980-3-4

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 34-36
  • Serial:
    • Planner
    • Volume: 66
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Royal Town Planning Institute
    • ISSN: 0309-1384

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00319697
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1981 12:00AM