Waterborne Freight: The Neglected Mode

Hilling, David
October 2001
Logistics & Transport Focus;Oct2001, Vol. 3 Issue 8, p30
Trade Publication
This article focuses on inland water freight traffic in Great Britain. Britain's domestic waterways comprise coastal, estuary, river and canal navigation, and together in 1999 these still accounted for seven percent of the goods lifted and twenty two percent of the ton-kilometer performed. As rail transport is invariably invoked as an alternative to road transport, water transport is ignored. The release of a report in 1994 challenged common business perceptions on water transport. Grants have been made for the purchase and refurbishment of boats. Still, barge operators feel disadvantaged by the need to pay tolls for every journey.


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