Freight News, Logistics

In search of a freight strategy for the North

[ June 1, 2015   //   ]

Transport for the North, the body set up by the Government last October to improve links across the region, is to develop a Northern Freight and Logistics Strategy. Following the publication of The Northern Powerhouse report in March 2015, which set out the ambitions of Transport for the North (TfN), a tender has been issued inviting businesses to assist in the development of a multi-modal freight and logistics strategy, and scheduled to be published in 2016.
TfN points out that 90% of containers currently enter the UK through southern ports – despite up to 60% being destined for the Midlands and the North.
The strategy would even out North-South inequalities and increasing the value of exports across the region this project, while offering sustainable freight movements and cutting carbon.
Commenting on the announcement, David Brown, Director General of Merseytravel, who sits on the TfN Executive Board and is responsible for freight, said: “This marks an important step forward in delivering our vision of a North which acts as a magnet for inward investment, and capitalises on the combined strengths of its towns and cities.
“TfN is looking for a partner to map out a strategy which will support northern business, increase the value of exports across the North and ultimately unlock the economic potential of our region.”