2019 report: ‘Using Inland Waterways for Freight’

“Inland waterway transport is demonstrably better in environmental terms than road or even rail”: David Lowe, foreword.

This report was researched and written by Paul Gosling, a writer, broadcaster and researcher, who specialises in the economy, accountancy, government and the public sector, the co-operative sector and personal finances.

Valued advice and information has been received from officers of the Commercial Boat Operators Association (CBOA) David Lowe, John Dodwell, Richard Horne, member Antoon van Coillie and adviser Professor Rex Harris.


  1. Foreword
  1. Executive summary
  1. The benefits of moving freight by inland waterways
  1. Proposals for action
  1. Britain’s inland waterways network
  1. Best practice
  1. Overcoming the challenges for greater use
  1. The policy framework

The executive summary points out that using inland waterways for freight transportation offers significant and important advantages compared to both road and rail. For public bodies, greater use of inland waterways for freight transport offers many benefits:

  • Greater use of inland waterways for freight would significantly assist with meeting air and noise pollution and climate change targets;
  • Reduction in road deaths;
  • Lessening the need for expensive new road building;
  • Lowering road maintenance costs: HGV traffic is a major contributor to road wear.

A limited number of hard copies are being distributed and the report may be read here: https://addressingthetenpercent.wordpress.com/inland-waterways-for-freight-2019-gosling-report/





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