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Rail freight should be part of air pollution solution, say campaigners.

In response to the Government’ draft air quality strategy published today:

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager, Campaign for Better Transport said:

“The Government’s own figures show the extent of road freight’s nitrogen dioxide emissions; HGVs are responsible for 21 per cent of nitrogen dioxide emissions while only accounting for 5 per cent of vehicle miles. 1  

“Rail freight should be part of the solution as it produces up to 15 times less nitrogen dioxide emissions than HGVs for the equivalent journey. Rail already does bring freight into the heart of cities, where the air quality problems are most acute, but it needs more rail freight hubs to expand the traffic to help clean up our cities.” 

Notes to Editors

1. DfT Freight Carbon Review pars 2.21

2. Highways England figures show that HGVs are producing around 50 per cent of the nitrogen oxide pollution from road pollution on the strategic road network. Highways England figures 2016

3. Freight on Rail is a partnership between Campaign for Better Transport, the rail freight industry and transport trade unions.

4. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).


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