North must have longer trains and upgrades, say transport group

A SUCCESSION of infrastructure upgrades across the north to allow longer and more frequent freight operations is just one of the propositions put forward by Transport for the North (TfN).

On September 5, GBRf Class 66 No. 66701 eases the 4M51 Drax Power Station to Liverpool empty biomass hoppers through the new Rochdale station, which is currently still under construction. STEVE BURDETT
On September 5, GBRf Class 66 No. 66701 eases the 4M51 Drax Power Station to Liverpool empty biomass hoppers through the new Rochdale station, which is currently still under construction. STEVE BURDETT

The proposals follow the publication of TfN’s Northern Freight & Logistics Report on September 7.

The report has been compiled for TfN by Mott MacDonald and MDS Transmodal in order to examine how the transport of freight and logistics across the North of England, on rail, road and water, can contribute to the further growth of the nation’s economy.

It highlights the potential for freight to bring £35billion-worth of benefits to the North by 2060 through a series of recommendations.

Read more in October’s edition of The RM

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