A poll has shown that 75% of the general public is opposed to the introduction of ‘road trains’ - known as LHVs - onto UK roads. The Department for Transport is considering allowing trials of trucks between 25.5m and 30m long and weigh between 60t and 84t.
Freight on Rail - a partnership of rail unions, rail freight companies and the Campaign for Better Transport – said the survey "illustrates widespread public disapproval of government plans to consider allowing ‘road trains’ onto UK roads". Details of the survey are to be unveiled at the Labour Party conference tomorrow.
The Department for Transport (DfT) is due to receive a report next week from Herriot Watt University and TRL advising on whether to allow trials of the super trucks. It is said to favour a 60t, 25.25m long truck - which is 50% longer and over a third heavier than existing 44t limit
Freight on Rail Campaigner Philippa Edmunds said that more rail freight is much more positive than ‘road trains’ as it reduces carbon emissions and alleviates road congestion.
Tony Berkeley, chairman of the Rail Freight Group, said it is no surprise that 75% of the public are opposed to longer and heavier lorries. "In part this is because the public doesn’t believe the government is serious about enforcing standards on UK roads, whilst at the same time it puts strong regulatory and safety rules on rail, where the safety record is already immeasurably better.