Urgent action needed in ‘unready’ Ireland, says FTAI

The UK government’s failure to push its Brexit plan through Parliament on 15 January will have significant ramifications across the Irish Sea unless the Irish administration takes urgent steps, says FTA Ireland. FTAI general manager Aidan Flynn said it was vital to reassure businesses on both sides of the border that trade can continue uninterrupted. He said: “Irish businesses cannot wait any longer – planning for a No Deal outcome to Brexit ... [+]

One hundred not out for Lancashire haulier

Preston-based Bowker Transport is celebrating its 100th birthday with a new livery. It replicates its vintage blue, red and gold colour scheme and will debut on two Volvo tractor units, donated by the manufacturer for use during the Centenary year. Bowker Transport was established in 1919 ... [+]

More trucks for Humber Ports Logistics

Humber Ports Logistics is adding 25 trucks to its fleet to support business from shortsea operator Unifeeder. Five trucks have been already delivered, with the remaining 20 to follow in the spring. [+]

We’re ready, even if the politicians aren’t, says Calais

On the eve of 15 January’s Brexit vote in the House of Commons, the port of Calais published details of the new facities it had created in anticipation of a ‘No Deal’ outcome. Port Boulogne Calais says it has been working closely with government services, transport ... [+]

Manchester’s Esprit finds space solution close at hand

Esprit Warehousing & Docks has opened more warehousing at Trafford Park, Manchester. No.1 Trafford Park provides an additional 62,000sq ft of capacity for ambient food grade and non-food grade products, bulk or palletised. Managing director Graham Dixon says that there had been strong demand for ... [+]

Haulage permit deadline is this Friday

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is urging commercial vehicle operators to urgently submit applications for international road haulage permits urgently, applications for which close on Friday 18 January. It says that with No Deal exit from the European Union a very real possibility ... [+]

Ferry contracts could be illegal, says Eurotunnel boss

Eurotunnel boss Jacques Gounon has warned that the Government’s recent award of contracts to ferry companies to provide additional cross-Channel capacity after Brexit may be anti-competitive and illegal. He has written to UK transport secretary, Chris Grayling, bringing to his attention “distortionary and anti-competitive effects of ... [+]

Brexit worries eat into Dunkerque ro ro business

Brexit has taken its toll on Dunkerque's ro ro traffic in what was otherwise a good year for the northern French port, said chief executive Stephane Raison. At a press conference in Lille on 10 January to present the port's results for 2018, he said ... [+]

No clean air charge for Southampton

The Freight Transport Association has welcomed Southampton City Council’s rejection if a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) charge in Southampton, saying the decision would boost the port and local businesses. FTA says that the zone would have damaged the port and local economy but fail to ... [+]

Crunch vote for European road transport

The European Parliament Committee on Transport and Tourism is due vote on new compromise amendments to the Mobility Package I on 10 January, covering the posting of drivers, driving and rest time, and cabotage. These three files were rejected by Parliament during its plenary sitting ... [+]