KENT PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 11th January 2009 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 079444 71083
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GOVERNMENT WRECKS CHANCES OF MORE FREIGHT USING RAIL
Despite an increase each year of 7-8% in Heavy Good Vehicles (HGVs) moving through Kent, the Government plans freight charges for Eurostar trains of nearly 500% more than normal Network Rail Charges (1). Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair of Kent Green Party, comments:
“We need to reduce the number of heavy lorries travelling through Kent not encourage more of them. Clearly, increasing rail freight is a major option we must use to achieve this. But the Government plans to charge nearly 500% more for freight travelling on Kent’s high speed lines than the usual Network Rail freight charges. This may decrease the amount of freight carried by rail instead of increasing it.
“Since Heavy Goods Vehicles travelling through Kent are increasing at 7-8% a year, it is obvious that rail freight needs reasonable charges and increased investment in order to compete. The Government is behaving as if it thinks more traffic congestion and more air pollution are good!”
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Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair, Kent Green Party on 01732 355185 or 079444 71083. Contact address as above.
1. Private Eye, 9th January 2009.