The pamphlet considers the economic factors affecting the operation of heavy goods vehicles through London. One ninth of the freight moved in Great Britain starts or ends its journey in London. The large increase in heavy goods vehicles since 1960 has been caused by government decisions to relax weight and speed restrictions. It is claimed that considerable benefits could be gained by minimizing the movement of freight altogether. Any movement should be minimized by directing freight on to rail or water, or by restricting lorry size to a 16 ton maximum. Evidence is given to show such a policy to be practical, capable of being enforced and of negligible cost to the consumer. It is considered that a 16 ton weight limit for the FLC area is the best solution to the problem, resulting in a net saving of external costs. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Friends of the Earth

    377 City Road
    London,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1975-7


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 12 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00157389
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 13 1977 12:00AM