More freight could be carried on waterways in the UK following the decision to hire a transport professional by a leading body.

David Quarmby CBE has been appointed as the chairman of the Canal & River Trust freight advisory group, bringing a wide variety of experience to the organisation.

His role will include drawing up a policy for the organisation on inland waterway freight and he will be joined on the group by specialists including MDS Transmodal managing director Mike Garratt, CEMEX UK head of rail and sea freight operations Mark Grimshaw-Smith and head of the Commercial Boat Operators Association David Lowe.

In addition, Mr Quarmby will also give strategic advice to the executive management team of the trust in relation to cargo issues.Commenting on his appointment, he pointed out that although most of the growth in the usage of canals and rivers in Britain has been in the field of leisure and recreation, we should not forget that the waterways may still provide a viable, affordable and greener alternative to road transport in certain circumstances.

The Canal & River Trust cares for 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales and is charged with encouraging people to connect with canals and rivers, as well as maintaining them.

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