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German experience points to less heavy road freight

Lobby group Freight on Rail claimed today called on the government to scrap plans for a UK trial of longer heavier lorries after the failure of a similar trial in Germany.

The German report rejected both 60 tonne 25.5m long lorries and the 40 tonne 25.25m long lorries and Freight on Rail said that the UK road network is "even less suited to these massive trucks than German roads" with motorways only comprising just under 1 per cent of UK roads compared to more than 5 per cent in Germany.

"The German decision is right for society and the environment across Europe," said Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Campaigner.

"The trials highlighted the increased risk for road safety. Neither the German nor the British public want these massive vehicles which would mean more lorries, more road congestion, more road accidents and more pollution."

The call came as the transport secretary Ruth Kelly was shortly due receive a report outlining whether the Government should allow trials of the same type of longer and heavier lorries (LHVs) on the UK's roads.

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