The publication of the Future of Freight plan by the Government is a positive step forward for industry, said Michelle Gardner, Head of Public Policy at Logistics UK.
It reaffirms government’s vital support of one of the largest sectors of the UK economy and helps to provide clarity for logistics businesses moving forward.
“The inclusion of £7 million investment to boost the uptake of innovative new technologies and the development of a National Freight Network is particularly welcome.”
She addedm “The government is also right to focus on planning rules to reduce barriers to building new logistics developments and driver parking and facilities – we look forward to engaging with the call for evidence.
“Also announced within the plan is the Generation Logistics campaign, co-ordinated by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and Logistics UK, in partnership with the Department for Transport, which aims to address the industry’s long-term recruitment and staff retention issues. This will play a vital role in boosting skills across industry and protecting the supply chain long-term.
“We look forward to reviewing the report in further detail and engaging with government and members on its contents.”