Rail and road freight is food for thought
County council inviting businesses and residents to plan how to control number of lorries on main routes
RESIDENTS and businesses are being invited to help plan how to handle future rail and road freight in Buckinghamshire.
Heavy lorries make up between 10% and 20% of traffic on main routes through the county and, with a steady increase in freight forecast over the next decade, county council transport plan- ners want to prepare for the future.
They are asking people to help them identify local problem areas, explore untapped opportunities and pinpoint solutions.
A 10-minute online snapshot survey will run for the next fortnight at www.buckscc.gov.uk/ freight to allow residents and businesses to feed into their thinking. The results will inform a draft strategy for full consultation later in the year.
Paul Irwin, deputy cabinet member for transport, said his team needs to chart how things have changed with the way freight is transported, as Buckinghamshire has developed in the past decade, and prepare a blueprint for freight for the future.
He said nearly a quarter of what comes into the county by lorry is food and drink for residents.
As the county grows, so will the volume of that essential goods traffic.
“Shopping online has really taken off over the past decade and now accounts for 14% of what we buy,” said Cllr Irwin.
“In the next three or four years, that is forecast to grow to around 22%, which will add to the number of delivery lorries driving around the county.
“We’re working with residents and businesses on this critical question now so they have an early opportunity to influence the development of a new strategy, which will make freight work for Buckinghamshire without imposing inappropriate costs on them or our unique environment. We want to keep Buckinghamshire thriving and attractive.”
The survey is available in Buckinghamshire County Council’s website ‘have your say’ section at www.buckscc.gov.uk/ freight