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Action needed now on road and rail, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has said that the country cannot not wait until 2014 to begin improvements to the road and rail network as outlined by Government, but that action is needed right away.

Its president Andrew Haines stated: "At last the Government and industry are on the same page - but alas we are not running at the same pace. We need fundamental action here and now. Not in 2014, not in 2010, but here and now.

"Bearing in mind the present problems of congestion, and FTA’s own forecast for gross pressure on our key trade routes as a result of the changing nature of the economy, a seven year delay will severely jeopardise the road to recovery."

Mr Haines was speaking at the FTA Annual Dinner at the London Hilton Hotel on 6 November. The Freight Transport Association represents the interests of companies moving goods by road, rail, sea and air. FTA members operate over 200,000 goods vehicles – almost half the UK fleet. In addition they consign over 90 per cent of the freight moved by rail and over 70 per cent of sea and air freight.