Ask your MP to sign rail freight EDM, urges union

30 January 2007

ASLEF General Secretary Keith Norman has urged MPs to sign up to Early Day Motion 730 which opposes the authorisation of ‘road train’ lorries in the UK.

The Motion has been tabled by Kelvin Hopkins. MP for Luton North.

The EDM - on the issue of Rail Freight and the Environment - reads:

‘That this House notes the environmental benefits of rail freight over other transport modes; recognises that an average aggregate freight train can remove up to 120 HGV lorries from the road network; supports Government steps to encourage modal shift from road to rail; and is therefore opposed to the introduction of longer and heavier goods vehicles that could weigh up to 60 tonnes and be as long as 25.25 metres onto the UK road network.’

Keith says that ‘it would require a peculiar kind of mind’ to believe that longer, wider and taller lorries have anything to contribute to relieving road congestion or improving the environment. ‘Let’s not forget that a single freight train can remove up to 120 HGV lorries from UK roads.’

ASLEF members can write to their MPs asking them to support EDM 730 at the House of Commons, Westminster, London SW1 0AA

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