Companies whose drivers hit bridges in their lorries will be hauled before the traffic commissioner and could face “exceptionally harsh” punishments, according to road transport solicitors. Backhouse Jones said Network Rail has become “fed up” of the number of bridge strikes by HGVs and the rail operator had now set up a system in which it notifies the traffic commissioner’s office as soon as an incident is reported. Network Rail said there are on average five bridge strikes by lorries […]
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has welcomed a call by the European Commission for France and the UK to address the issue of excessive Channel tunnel rail freight charges.
A high-speed train derailment was avoided last week after a Tesco HGV struck a bridge in Plymouth, thanks to a “quick-acting” member of the public calling the emergency services.
Secretary of state for Transport Clare Perry has told the rail freight industry that it must respond to developments such as the autonomous truck, and electric vans, in order to retain its ‘green’ credentials.