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Transport plans and policies

4. Freight Strategy

Freight

Freight refers to goods moved by any mode of transport. This includes the Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) and Light Goods Vehicles (LGVs) on our roads but could include barges, air and rail freight, buses, coaches and caravans. Under UK Vehicle Excise Duty rules, also known as vehicle tax, a Heavy Goods Vehicle is any truck weighing over 3,500 kilograms.

The transportation of goods by freight plays a key role in servicing Buckinghamshire’s industry, communities and supporting our growth and economic development. Freight offers our residents choice as consumers and businesses, keeping the county thriving and attractive. As Buckinghamshire grows, so does the volume of goods traffic.

Rises in online retail, new housing and other major physical projects proposed in and around Buckinghamshire requires a joined-up approach to manage the associated freight movements. Schemes affecting freight movements in Buckinghamshire during and after their development include Western Rail Access to Heathrow, M4 Smart Motorway, HS2, East-West Rail and the Heathrow Expansion.

Freight Strategy

The management of freight is complex, requiring a mix of short-term interventions and longer-term commitments. It’s important we have a strategy to help manage this.

Buckinghamshire’s statutory Local Transport Plan 4 committed to developing a new Freight Strategy; ensuring freight continues to help Buckinghamshire grow, thrive and develop. In response, we have developed a Freight Strategy to help balance the need for efficient distribution of goods with the needs of our environment and communities.

To help inform the Strategy, we ran a two-week online survey in summer 2017 and the 1092 responses we received about people’s views about freight in their area helped us create a draft document. We also attended LAF meetings, site visits with Parish Councils and meetings with industry organisations such as the Freight Transport Association. Overall, feedback focused on three areas:

  • HGVs using appropriate routes
  • Businesses and freight operators knowing where recommended freight routes are
  • Road safety and driver behaviour

Consultation and Adoption

A 6-week consultation was held between 26th February to 9th April 2018 that helped us to identify local problem areas, explore untapped opportunities, and pinpoint solutions. Following the consultation, we evaluated the responses and produced a consultation report that captures the feedback received and how we’ve used it to shape the final Freight Strategy.

The Freight Strategy was adopted by Buckinghamshire County Council in June 2018. Please find below a copy of the Freight Strategy and other related documents.

Contact

If you have any questions about this consultation, please email freight@buckscc.gov.uk or by telephone 01296 395000.

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Last updated: 18 December 2018

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