The Department for Transport has announced that it will continue to work towards implementing a trial of 48 tonne vehicles for intermodal journeys within Great Britain. This decision is in response to the heavier intermodal freight trial consultation and subsequent discussions with the Welsh and Scottish governments.
The standard maximum laden weight for six-axle articulated lorries when used on public roads in Great Britain is currently 44 tonnes. Some organisations have identified that allowing six-axle articulated lorries to be operated at 48 tonnes during domestic intermodal journeys would improve efficiency and support rail freight.
This increase in weight is intended to offset the heavier trailer and container needed for intermodal freight, thereby encouraging modal shift of freight from road to rail, with reductions in emissions and congestion.
To learn more on the consultation outcome and the forthcoming trial, click here.