Call for views on Freight transport in Scotland

Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 

Freight transport in Scotland

Call for views 

Issues related to freight have emerged in a number of areas of the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee’s work and it has agreed to undertake an inquiry into freight transport in Scotland.

The Committee is therefore interested in hearing your views on all aspects of freight transport infrastructure relevant to its remit, including rail, road air and sea freight and has agreed the following inquiry remit:

“To identify and understand some of the challenges facing the freight transport industry in Scotland, including domestic and international links as well as the interconnectivity of rail, road air and sea freight services and to identify key areas for development, improvement and change.”    

The Committee may focus on and scrutinise in more detail any challenges or areas for improvements in freight transport infrastructure in Scotland identified by stakeholders in the course of its inquiry. In providing your views, you therefore may wish to consider structuring responses around the following key questions.

  • Can you identify the main infrastructure and policy obstacles to the free flow of freight in Scotland, whether carried by rail, road, air or sea.
  • How can Scotland’s rail, road, air and sea freight routes to the rest of the UK, to Europe and worldwide be improved?
  • How can the Scottish Government structure its freight grant schemes to support the switch of freight to more sustainable modes of transport?
  • Are there are any European Union initiatives which could provide further opportunities for Scottish freight transport?
  • How can the freight industry make a contribution to greenhouse gas emissions reduction?
  • Which policy changes, or infrastructure improvements, are required to increase the flow of goods through Scotland’s major sea ports?

Submitting your views to the Committee

The Committee invites views that are relevant to the remit of the inquiry and that will assist the Committee in understanding some of the main themes outlined above.

To allow the Committee to take account of any views received, submissions should be sent to the address below, no later than Friday 16 January 2015.

Written submissions should be submitted electronically (preferably in plain text Word format and without graphical borders or headers) to—

[email protected]

Written submissions will be made public on the Committee’s webpage. If you do not wish your response to be made public, please contact the clerks to discuss (you may wish to refer to the Parliament’s policy on handling information received in response to calls for evidence).

The Committee welcomes written evidence in English, Gaelic or any other language.

If you have any further questions regarding the Committee’s work on Freight Transport in Scotland, please contact the Committee clerking team at the above e-mail address or on 0131 348 5882.

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