Action is needed to enable the UK’s freight networks to meet growing demands for fast deliveries while also reducing its impact on congestion and the environment. This report recommends Ministers should set out within the next two years plans to ban all sales of new petrol and diesel HGVs by 2040 and take steps to prepare the nation’s infrastructure for the transition to cleaner vehicles powered by new fuels such as battery electric or hydrogen.
In response to worsening congestion, the report recommends that city planning authorities ensure freight is part of their long term infrastructure strategies alongside transport, homes and jobs. New data standards will help to encourage low-congestion freight practices and properly embed freight into development plans and city infrastructure planning.
A new Freight Leadership Council should encourage more collaboration between and within government and the freight sector to tackle these long term challenges. Decarbonising rail freight will require further cross-modal work to identify the best option.