TRANSPORT NEWS: Freight lobby urges revamp of motorways

Improvements to the M6 and M60 motorways are an "absolute priority", the North West Freight Advisory Group (NWFAG) insisted last week.

Launching its regional freight strategy, the first of its kind in the UK, NWFAG said that the widening of the M6, implementing active traffic management on the M60 and extra rail capacity on the West Coast Main Line will relieve freight pressure and stimulate economic investment in the region.

The group is a joint initiative between the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and the Northwest Development Agency. It claims that improvements to railway junctions at Euxton and Wigan as well as the reopening of lines around Carlisle would help to ease capacity pressure.

FTA regional policy manager Stephen Kelly said: "The North West must take advantage of this real joined-up thinking to safeguard and promote its competitive edge. Without investment in regional infrastructure, transport and economic growth will grind to a halt."

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