Eu Transport Policy

How does the EU help or hinder freight

transportation in the UK?

How does the European Union (EU) help or hinder freight transportation?   Discuss.


      The EU is ever expanding; from the original 6 states that signed the Treaty of Rome in 1957 there are now 25 member states with 4 more due to join in the next 2 years, this would see a population increase from 454 million to 558 million people.   This increase generates economic growth within the member states but without a transport infrastructure capable of supporting this development it will be severely hindered. ‘A modern transport system must be sustainable from an economic and social as well as an environmental viewpoint’ (White Paper. European transport policy for 2010: time to decide).
      The aim of this essay is to look at one particular area of the freight transportation industry within the UK region and evaluate the implications and strategies implemented to facilitate EU policy by way of strategic analysis.   The area in question is the ‘Working Time Directive’ (WTD), which affects all workers within the EU, not just the 10 million people employed in the transport industry.
      Working time is defined as ‘Any period during which a worker is working at his employers’ disposal and carrying out his activity or duties or receiving relevant training’ (SI 1999/3372).

      It is quite possible to look at this question from different perspectives dependant upon whether the ‘glass’ is seen as being half full or half empty and lean towards the ‘help’ or ‘hinder’ stance.   For each positive there could be a number of negatives that fall out from it and vice-versa for each negative there could be a number of positives, for example by 2020 goods traffic on the railways is to rise from 8% to 15% (White Paper, ibid), however if achieved this would take some of the 44% of all freight from the roads costing jobs, yet again this would...