In November 2017 the Government asked the National Infrastructure Commission to conduct a new study on the future of freight, the terms of reference for which are here.

The Commission’s study will review options to improve the existing infrastructure and recommend ways to use new technologies and processes to transform how freight moves by road and rail, in towns and cities, cross-country and into and out of ports and airports.

It will look at how new developments such as electric vehicles and biogas fuels can reduce carbon emissions, and how to manage the effects of congestion caused by freight movements.

A Call for Evidence was published on 22 January 2018. Interested parties were encouraged to submit evidence, ideas and solutions to the questions outlined in it by Monday 5 March 2018.

An interim report is expected in Autumn 2018, with the final report due in Spring 2019.