The volume of goods carried by rail in Great Britain fell last year by 5.5%, new figures from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) have shown. According to the latest statistics, 29.9 million tonnes of freight were carried by rail in the final quarter of 2014-2015, leaving the annual total at 110.1 million tonnes (2013-14: 116.6 million tonnes). The total amount of freight moved, meanwhile, came to 22.2 billion tonne-km – down 2.2% on the peak of 22.7 billion […]
MPs voted against a suspension on the proposed 3ppl fuel duty rise yesterday (12 November), despite pressure from Labour MPs, Tory backbench campaigners and lobbying from FairFuelUK (FFUK). A Labour-led motion to suspend the proposed increase in January to at least April was defeated 282 votes to 234. FairFuelUK claim that the increase will cost 35,000 jobs and prolong the recession by a further three years. Quentin Willson, spokesman for FFUK, said: “Everybody is saying this is a toxic tax […]
The FTA has warned that a proposed low emission zone for Birmingham, along with a road user charging scheme, lorry restrictions and greater implementation of consolidation centres put forward by the city council, could have a damaging effect on freight deliveries in and around the city.
Glasgow-based heavy plant and equipment hire specialist AB2K has upgraded its fleet with four new Scania G450 XT Cheesewedge plant bodies supplied by MV Commercial.