Sunday 25th Sep 2016 - Logistics Manager

Government should prioritise road investment – FTA

Investment in road improvements should be a priority for the new government according to the Freight Transport Association’s Logistics Report 2015.

Respondents to the FTA Logistics Industry Survey 2014/15 rated priorities for the Government which are outlined in the Logistics Report. The highest perceived priorities include: investment in road improvements, recognising the vital role of logistics in the economy and cutting fuel duty.

David Wells, chief executive at the Freight Transport Association.

David Wells, chief executive at the Freight Transport Association.

FTA chief executive David Wells said: “The new government will have to make significant decisions – and quickly – over our infrastructure and transport policies. FTA’s message to government is: ignore the needs of logistics at your peril. From the factory floor to the kitchen table, it is logistics that will deliver sustainable growth.”

The report also reflects the increases in e-commerce which is the fastest growing retail market in Europe. UK logistics faces immense challenges in anticipating the level of demand for deliveries generated by online shopping.

It also looks at the outlook for the global economy, and reported that at home, there is lower business confidence beyond the immediate planning horizon, as uncertainty over future economic policies and the domestic impact of the EU membership debate and worldwide political crises temper optimism.