Tackle Road Congestion

September 2000
Logistics & Transport Focus;Sep2000, Vol. 2 Issue 7, p14
Trade Publication
This article reports that the Exel Ltd., the global supply chain company, has called for a radical review of current transport thinking to combat the growing issue of road congestion in Great Britain. In its evidence of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee's report on the Road Haulage Industry, published in 2000, the company points to the Working Time Directive of the European Union as a major potential cause of future congestion on roads. The proposed night-time working provisions of the directive are particularly identified as having a negative impact on congestion, pollution, the environment and urban deliveries. Existing optimally sited distribution centers would need to be relocated to enable to return journeys to be completed within the proposed reduction of night-time working hours. The company believes that a fundamental change of thinking is required to alter the behavior of car users and utilize the existing road network more efficiently. In pursuit of this objective, the company has recently been awarded a 2.1 million pounds grant by the government to trial its own new scheme to give rail freight the flexibility it needs to compete with service levels offered by the road-based delivery of consumer goods.


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