In this report looking at policy for improving road and rail access to ports, the Transport Committee urges the Department for Transport (DfT) to become a keener advocate for UK ports. The Government should contribute to significant improvements to strategic networks which also deliver wider benefits - rather than simply expect port operators to pick up the entire bill for measures required to mitigate increased traffic due to port expansion. If the Government chooses to apply European Commission state aid rules in this area more strictly than other EU countries it should explain why it does so. Policy in this area should be applied consistently across the country. While some ports have contributed towards transport schemes to improve access, others have not and the differences in approach have not been explained or justified. Ports should also continue to contribute to local transport infrastructure improvements, following discussions with relevant local bodies. The Department for Transport should demonstrate whether port master plans have had any impact, highlighting good examples of such plans and of how they have influenced decision makers. Finally, the Government should devise a more effective successor to the Waterborne Freight Grant, to stimulate coastal shipping.1 July 2013 Richard Blyth, Mark Basnett, Mike lbbotson, Richard Meeks and George Kieffer 1 July 2013 Richard Blyth, Mark ... is ensuring sufficient capacity in the rail network, in north London in particular, for both passenger and freight services. ... rail is the poor line speed, reliability and the opening hours on the railway line, which is closed for long periods overnight. ... the landscaping and poor maintenance, which gives a very bad impression for new investors and the million visitorsanbsp;...
|Title||:||House of Commons - Transport Committee: Access to Ports - HC 266|
|Author||:||Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Transport Committee|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2013-11-26|