The forth update in a series of spotlight articles discussing emerging Trends in Transport focuses on England's port connectivity
Britain is an island. Apart from the Channel Tunnel and air links, our main connection with the European mainland and beyond is by sea. Around 95% of all the goods we import and export come through our ports, and the port sector directly contributes £1.7 billion to the UK economy. With Brexit fast approaching, our maritime links with the European mainland and further afield will become more important than ever.
Yet up to now, there has not been a detailed study into how those ports, which are nearly all privately-owned, are connected to the rest of the transport network in Britain (the study refers to this as "hinterland links"). A new study, Transport infrastructure for our global future: a study of England's port connectivity, seeks to rectify this. Due to port policy being a devolved matter, the study only looks at English ports.
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