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Bucks County Council developing new strategy for freight

Bucks County Council developing new strategy for freight

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 2:04pm 14th February 2017.

Buckinghamshire County Council are current developing an updated strategy for dealing with rail and road freight in the region.

They recently held a workshop which invited the opinions of local parish councils, organisations and interested persons.

It will help write the newly updated plan, the last of which was produced in 2010.

The strategy aims to identify and solve problems with freight travel around Buckinghamshire, as well as explore new opportunities.

BCC Freight Workshop 3

Paul Irwin, Deputy Cabinet Member for Transport hosting the workshop on Monday (13/02)

Paul Irwin, Deputy Cabinet Member for Transport said:

"Managing freight transport is a vital part of keeping the wheels of Buckinghamshire's economy turning. Councils, communities, businesses, developers and the haulage industry all have a part to play in this.

"I care about our communities' concerns and I want their ideas at the start of the process, so that we can draft a plan that ensures the county continues to be the thriving, prosperous and attractive place we love."

BCC Freight Workshop 2

Councillors, interested groups and residents attending the workshop

The new strategy is very much still in the draft stages at the moment - with the Deputy Cabinet member telling Mix 96 that it would be around 6 months before they had a 'clear view' of what the plan would be, and then another 6 months before it was properly implemented. He said:

"There's no point in our officers spending six months to a year working on a plan like this, and then finding that we haven't addressed the real problems.

I'd rather make sure it's correct and right."

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