Motorway sell off?
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Government to sell off strategic road network

March 19, 2012 Chris Druce

The government is to part-privatise the roads in a bid to attract much needed investment for the UK’s creaking transport network. Prime Minster David Cameron will announce a feasibility study during a speech at the Institute of Civil Engineers later today. In a bid to raise millions in investment, foreign companies would be invited to sign long leases to run motorways and major A-roads. The model would be much the same that used for the UK’s water and sewage supply […]

Industry News

News Extra: Chancellor ignores the economic case for a cut in fuel duty

March 19, 2012 Chris Druce

The Chancellor turned his back on the road transport industry in the Budget, announcing August’s 3.02ppl increase in fuel duty will stay. MT takes a look at the economic case against this decision. The price of bulk diesel has climbed 18.9% in the past 18 months, to reach a record high of 117ppl. Meanwhile, companies have continued to go to the wall, with Hull-based AR Lunn the latest failure. Predictably, rising fuel costs were a main reason why 115 employees […]

Industry News

Olympic Route Network fine hike threat defeated

March 16, 2012 Chris Druce

An attempt to introduce £200 parking fines on the Olympic Route Network (ORN) and beyond has been defeated. Operators working in the capital during the Games this summer had faced a hike in Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) from £130 to £200 on the ORN. They had also faced the prospect of the fines being extended beyond the ORN to nearby roads, after London’s boroughs decided it would help tackle congestion adjacent to the route. While trade groups, including the FTA […]

DSV
Contract Wins

DSV Road wins contract renewal with Flakt Woods

March 15, 2012 Chris Druce

DSV Road has extended its relationship with air products manufacturer Fläkt Woods for three more years. The deal is an extension to an existing three-year contract, and will see DSV continue to collect Fläkt Woods products from its Colchester factory delivering them to customers across Europe. Fläkt Woods global sourcing manager Martin Goreham says: “We renewed our contract with DSV because the last three years have been such a success.” DSV also provides transport for Fläkt Woods operation in Northern […]

Westminster Bridge will be affected by the London Olympics
Industry News

Olympics road race disruption details published

March 14, 2012 Chris Druce

The timings, temporary road closures and parking restrictions that will be in place during the Olympic and Paralympic Games have been revealed. With road events in London scheduled to take place on seven of the 16 days of the Olympic Games and one day of the Paralympic Games, fleet operators will need to plan ahead to ensure service levels are maintained. It comes as Transport for London (TfL)  starts contacting residents and businesses along the road cycling, triathlon, marathon and […]

Jigsaw double-deck trailer
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Jigsaw Solutions to use double-deck trailers to cut road miles

March 14, 2012 Chris Druce

Consortium Jigsaw Solutions is introducing six double-deck trailers on its Indesit contract in a move that will cut out  an estimated 340,000 road miles annually. Moving goods from the white goods manufacturer’s central DC in Raunds, Northamptonshire, to six home delivery satellite warehouses using the new Cartwright trailers should save around 25 weekly vehicle journeys. Andy Humpherson, MD at Jigsaw Solutions, says: “These new trailers represent a significant investment by our business and will enhance our ability to provide a […]

Wincanton
Contract Wins

Wincanton wins contract renewal with WH Smith

March 13, 2012 Chris Druce

Wincanton has signed a contract renewal with WH Smith, which will see its relationship with the high street retailer reach two decades. The logistics provider has won a three-year extension, as part of a collaborative transport agreement, that sees it delivering for a mixture of 30 retailers and manufacturers. By sharing loads it has enabled Wincanton to reduce the number of deliveries it makes, splitting costs among participants while cutting carbon emissions. Paul Durkin, business unit director at Wincanton, says: […]