Businesses have their say on freight transport in the Marches
MDS Transmodal is producing a strategy for freight transport across the Marches and Mid Wales which will aim to reduce levels of congestion, shorten journey times and find ways to support businesses to move goods from A to B. As part of the consultation programme for the strategy the company facilitated a business breakfast at Ludlow Racecourse in March, which was attended by businesses from across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.
Through a series of group discussions, delegates debated what the key issues in relation to freight movement across the Marches are and what the options to address them might be. Some of the key issues facing freight transport in the Marches were regarded as being journey lengths, lack of route choice, the impact of congestion on nearby motorways on the trunk road network in the region and the extent to which some local residents are affected by freight transport movements.
There was a particular focus at the event on investment that is needed to improve the highways network and roads under discussion included the A49, the A41, the A5 and the M54, including how the latter connects to the M6, and other main trunk roads in the region.
The freight strategy, which has now been extended beyond the Marches to cover Mid Wales, will be completed later in the spring.