Operators offered cash to switch to rail
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HAULIERS IN THE east of England are being offered almost £7,000 to move their freight off the road and onto rail.
According to the Haven Gateway Partnership, which created the Low Carbon Freight Dividend project, 30 hauliers have already expressed an interest following its launch last week (8 March).
The incentive scheme is open to smalland medium-sized hauliers and gives them up to £75 per container if they shift their cargo onto rail.
The Partnership hopes that 330 companies will get on board over the next three years and remove 11.7 million tonnes of carbon emissions as a result.
“We are not trying to stop road freight, all we are saying is it is another way of moving cargo for hauliers,” says Haven Gateway Partnership project director Richard Morton.
“We have to recognise that in the next four or five years there are going to be carbon taxes and green taxes on the haulage industry. Let’s look at the alternatives now so we are not caught out in the future.”