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Mid Wales and Marches freight strategy

MDS Transmodal Ltd (MDST) has recently completed a Freight Strategy for the Marches and Mid Wales, which was funded by the Department for Transport Excellence Fund, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin councils and the Welsh Government. 

The two areas came together to commission the work because many of the issues relating to freight and transport in the Marches and Mid Wales – which was represented in the project by the Growing Mid Wales Partnership (Powys and Ceredigion Councils) – are cross-border in nature.

The Strategy was developed to take advantage of the opportunities and strengths that emerged from the evidence base and has highlighted weaknesses and constraints to freight movement that should be addressed. A SWOT analysis is included in the Strategy which details this process. The policy review, review of best practice, consultation work, discussions with the Steering Group and SWOT analysis fed into the consideration of investment and other interventions to address the weaknesses and constraints to freight movement.

An action plan is now being developed by the Marches LEP Transport Officers Group and partners from the Growing Mid Wales Partnership.