A14 bypass is Christmas come early for FTA

The Freight Transport Association has welcomed opening of the Huntingdon Southern Bypass on the A14 between the Midlands and Felixstowe a year ahead of schedule. Head of east and south of England, Natalie Chapman, said the early launch “showcases the best in British ingenuity, hard work and efficiency; FTA and its members look forward to the rest of the scheme opening later next year”. [+]

FTA expert helps to double Morocco permits

The Freight Transport Association says it has helped secure an agreement between the UK and Morocco to double road freight permits doubled between the two nations in 2020 . FTA's manager of international transport and trade procedures, John Lucy, Fwas invited by the Department of Transport (DfT) to share his knowledge at a recent meeting ... [+]

Freight men to join Brexit advice group – updated

FTA policy manager for Northern Ireland Seamus Leheny and Peter MacSwiney, chairman of freight software firm ASM have been appointed to a new Technical Alternative Arrangements Advisory Group to explore options to replace the Northern Ireland backstop by the end of 2020. The group consists of 15 technical experts in ... [+]

Minister to address FTA Scottish gathering

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity for the Scottish Government, Michael Matheson is to deliver the keynote address at the Freight Transport Association’s Logistics Scotland conference in Falkirk on 30 May. The news comes as the minister confirmed a £5 billion package of investment for Scotland’s infrastructure in 2019-20 ... [+]

EU publishes no-deal Brexit plans

The European Commission published contingency plans in the event of a no deal Brexit published by the European Commission on 19 December. They included a nine-month permit free period for road haulage and measures to allow UK airlines to operate in and out of the EU, but not within it. ... [+]

FTA frustrated at Brexit lack of progress

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) said it was frustrated by the lack of progress in Brexit negotiations, following the failure of the latest summit talks to achieve anything concrete in mid-October. Head of European policy, Pauline Bastidon, commented: “With March 2019 fast approaching, it’s frustrating negotiators on both sides have still ... [+]

FTA calls for customs clarity

With just one year to go to the UK's departure from the European Union, Freight Transport Association head of European policy Pauline Bastidon is urging the government to up the pace on negotiating trading arrangements. "Twelve months is a very short time in business terms and it is unrealistic to expect ... [+]

New trucking rules will affect UK – Brexit or not, says FTA

Don’t assumed that the proposed new European Commission Mobility Package will not affect you because of Brexit, warns the Freight Transport Association as it launches a new briefing paper. The document makes clear why, even though the proposals are unlikely to come into law until after March 2019, many of ... [+]

Report backs FTA stance on Kent truck parking

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) says report by independent watchdog Transport Focus reflects its own findings about the need for safe lorry parking and decent driver facilities during disruption to cross-Channel services in Kent. The group examined HGV drivers’ experiences during delays and questioned them about facilities they would like to ... [+]

Heathrow is favourite for new runway – but the fat lady isn’t singing yet

A Cabinet sub-committee, chaired by Theresa May, is expected to make a choice of which London airport to expand next week – but a vote by MPs to finally decide whether to go ahead is unlikely to take place for another year. The Government has also indicated that its own MPs ... [+]

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