Sunday 11th Dec 2016 - Logistics Manager

Mayoral candidate’s transport plan should include freight

The FTA has said that London mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan’s vision for the capital could deliver an opportunity for the freight and logistics industry to achieve many of its objectives. The FTA has said that it responded ‘positively’ to Khan’s manifesto – adding that an affordable London transport system should include freight.

“Mr Khan is right about the importance of an affordable transport system to London,” said Christopher Snelling, FTA head of national & regional policy. “We hope he understands this means freight just as much as passengers.

“Freight delivers London’s economy – any increase in the cost of delivering goods in London will increase the cost of businesses, and ultimately the cost of living for residents of London.

“We also note the scale of Mr Khan’s ambitions on housing. To get the housing built that London needs, we will need to avoid making construction work much more expensive to do in London – that involves the delivery of the building materials needed and the removal of the waste just as much as the on-site costs.”