What Should Be Done?
Many major industries in Britain generating bulk transport needs are now sited on the coast and already enjoy direct access to inland waterways in other European countries by use of modem river/sea ships. However, nationally there is still a huge amount moving inland, mostly by road. Some of this could go by water if parts of the UK freight waterway system were upgraded, thus reducing road traffic and its attendant problems. Other European countries accept the principle of long-term transport planning - why not the UK? Our freight waterways should be developed as an extension of the freight waterway system of continental Europe. At the same time, changes are urgently needed in policy and organisation of freight transport and the development of new water transport technologies in the UK.