Proposal For Increase In Road Journeys For Freight Movement

The number of journeys for transport of road freight is set to increase up to 190,000 in the coming year. Why is there more a need for trucks than trains in road freight? Read on to find out.

In 2016, over 1 million journeys from the road sector were transferred to rail transportation. But with the new cut of more than £4 million to the subsidy of rail freight, one can expect to see nearly 190,000 journeys getting back to roads having heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). However, this particular aspect has garnered mixed opinions about road and rail freight industries, which is why some amount of extra information must be brought to light.

The very first thing that should be considered is the confusion existing with addition of 190,000 vehicles to the road, as has been wrongfully suggested by the headlines of some news firms. What everyone really needs to understand is the fact that journeys equal to or less than 190,000 would be required annually from the industry of road freight services. At the same time, this aim must not at all be seen as a reduction in the numbers of rail transports. This is because changes in work allocation and funding can happen quite often within both the industries.

In general, the truck market of Sheffield as well as entire UK consists of about 400,000 of registered vehicles. The figure may seem like a lot to many, but the numbers have actually dwindled during the past 7 decades due to the road freight industry becoming more competent, which in turn, has made trucks work harder than before. As such, manufacturers can be expected to produce more effective vehicles to meet the demand for more journeys.

Recently, the government along with Freight Transport Association (FTA) has declared its plans for extending the trial in order to introduce longer trailers for moving additional goods during each journey. At present, a typical truck is capable of hauling 5 times or even more goods than a truck manufactured during 1950s.

In the modern times, both trucks and trains are used by the freight forwarding sector of UK because 85 percent of the cargo is moved by a truck at a certain point, even if it has been transported initially by a train. The extra journeys necessary over the upcoming year by heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) would be via routes where using rail freight is not economically feasible anymore.

The industry of logistics management is one run by services, working typically on a relatively small profit margin. With increasing efficiency of the trucks, the economic benefits of utilising HGV instead of rail for particular journeys would become more apparent.