Diary: Railing against the prospect of heavier lorries

Strange goings on in the world of anoraks and thermos flasks. As part of its campaign against Government plans to raise the maximum weight of lorries, transport pressure group Transport 2000 prepared an analysis of the health and environment problems this would create.

Strange goings on in the world of anoraks and thermos flasks. As

part of its campaign against Government plans to raise the maximum

weight of lorries, transport pressure group Transport 2000 prepared an

analysis of the health and environment problems this would create.



The report was backed up by research from rail freight company English

Welsh and Scottish Railway and was press released two weeks ago, but

embargoed until 10 February. So imagine T2000’s consternation when a

local radio station called up asking for more details of the report for

an item they wanted to run the next morning.



Have these radio hacks no respect for the normal conventions? Well, yes

they do, but the press release they had in front of them had no embargo

on it - nor indeed did it have Transport 2000’s address, phone number or

a contact name - all of which had been included on the original

release.



It transpired that the doctored release had actually been sent out by

Rail Magazine - or rather its PR firm Aspect Communications - to back up

its own article about the effect of the new weight limits on EWSR’s

business. An unrepentant Giles Williams at Aspect says he didn’t notice

the embargo on the release. ’The only reason they (Transport 2000) are

annoyed is because we scooped them in the first place.’



How’s that for bravado?



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