European funding helps take freight off roads

The European Commission has announced 13 projects that will receive €15m of EU funding to shift freight transport from roads to "greener" modes. They are the first such projects to be supported under Europe's 2003-6 Marco Polo programme (EED 08/07/03). They will shift 13.6bn tonne/kilometres of freight to short-sea shipping, rail and inland waterways - beating the programme's target of 12bn t/km annually - the Commission said. The projects should save €15 in external environmental costs for every €1 of EU subsidy, it added. See press release and Marco Polo website.

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