Station on the Trans-Pennine line. Photo credit: Ben Brooksbank

15 million to secure rail and road to UK ports after Brexit

The UK government has allocated a 15 million GBP fund for the development of projects that boost road and rail links to the main ports in the country, in preparation for Brexit. It wants to ensure that more freight can get where it needs to be faster, also after the UK has left the EU.

The 15 million is part of a 30 million GBP fund to ensure that trade continues to flow smoothly at UK ports after 31 October 2019, the current Brexit date. A share of 10 million GBP has been reserved for sixteen ports to develop their infrastructure. Another 5 million GBP goes to four key Local Resilience Forums (LRFs) – made up of emergency responders, councils and other public services – in areas with key freight ports. This will help them build infrastructure improvements to minimise any potential traffic disruption at the border.

Funding for rail

The 15-million fund is allocated for the longer-term projects, the Department for Transport (DfT) said. “This includes a proposal to enhance the Trans-Pennine gauge, which will connect East Coast ports with key markets in Greater Manchester and the wider North West. It would allow for the transportation of freight using multiple types of transport.”

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Our world-leading maritime ports are fundamental not only to our success as a global trading nation but also to people’s everyday lives, bringing vital goods into the country.
“This timely investment will support ports across the country in their work to boost capacity and efficiency, ensuring they’re ready for Brexit and a successful future.”

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Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of RailFreight.com, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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