Midlands' lorry routes critisized
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THE consultation document on routes for heavy lorries issued by the Department of Industry has come in for heavy criticism from the chairman of the Midlands Road Development group, Mr Francis Charlton.
He expresses horror, this week, that the DoE map does not provide an essential trade route to Europe in the shape of a first-class road between the Midlands and the ports of Harwich and Felixstowe. The opportunity should not be missed, he said, of providing a motorway between the MI and the Al at least, as a real help to Midland companies' export movements.
Other important ommissions as far as the Midlands is concerned are, in Mr Charlton's view, the M42 between the Ml at Nottingham and Birmingham and the M40 extension from Oxford to Birmingham.
' A good road network is the absolute foundation stone for the proposed lorry routes and will provide an incentive to drivers and companies to make use of the proposed lorry routes. Further, by taking advantage of the opportunities for improved co-ortination, cost penalties, such as empty running, can be minimized, Mr CharltOn points out.