LOCAL GOVERNMENT SAYS FREIGHT TRANSPORT TO BLAME FOR STATE OF ROADS
The recent claim by the Local Government Association (LGA), that freight transport is responsible for the poor condition of Britain’s roads has been met with disappointment by the Freight Transport Association.
The FTA has approached central government to reverse the lack of spending on local infrastructure – the cause of a 14 year backlog in repairs to the national road network.
Christopher Snelling, Head of Policy at FTA commented, “Freight levels on our roads are still not back to the pre-recession totals of 2006, so the LGA’s assertion that HGVs are solely responsible for the increased number of potholes on Britain’s roads is incorrect. Larger lorries do not cause increased damage to the road surface – in fact, they have more axles which spread payloads more evenly.”
The Road Haulage Association’s chief executive, Richard Burnett, recently said “Freight levels on our roads are still not back to the pre-recession totals of 2006, so the LGA’s assertion that HGVs are solely responsible for the increased number of potholes on Britain’s roads is incorrect. Larger lorries do not cause increased damage to the road surface – in fact, they have more axles which spread payloads more evenly.”
Ramshaw Transport is in agreement with the FTA on this matter and feels to blame freight transport for the state of the roads is unfair and incorrect.
Posted: 06/05/2017
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